Updated: Friday, July 22nd, 2016
The battle-cry "Remember the Maine" resonated across America in 1898 after the two most powerful newspaper publishers -- William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer -- repeatedly blared headlines about the "Spanish Murderers." They also had enough political pull to make sure that their dear friend Teddy Roosevelt was sent to Cuba to fight the easy war that would make him a successful presidential candidate. Hearst and Pulitzer also sent their top journalists to cover the war -- including Pulitzer's Stephen Crane who later wrote the classic Civil War novel "The Red Badge of Courage" in 1905. Hearst sent the great and expensive painter Frederic Remington to Cuba to lavishly portray the war. Crane and Remington were well-paid to fulfill their assignments, which were to glorify Teddy Roosevelt and his "Rough Riders" for their heroic and magnificent victory in the convenient Spanish-American War.