THE MISINFORMATION: TITANIC’S DISASTER
News regarding the “unsinkable” Ship captured people’s attention everywhere and headlined major newspapers. When news about Titanic first broke, the details about the sinking and the number of survivors drastically varied. This was partially because information was disseminated from ship to ship via wireless messages.
These newspaper headlines show contradicting information from reports about Titanic following the disaster:
The New York Evening Mail, April 15, 1912 – “Titanic’s Passengers Saved; Liner Being Towed to Halifax”
Belfast Newsletter, April 16, 1912 – “The Titanic Sunk. 1,500 Lives Lost”
The Sunday Times, April 16, 1912 – “Titanic Sunk: Terrible loss of life”
The New York Times, April 16, 1912 – “TITANIC SINKS FOUR HOURS AFTER HITTING ICEBERG; 866 RESCUED BY CARPATHIA, PROBABLY 1250 PERISH; ISMAY SAFE, MRS. ASTOR MAYBE, NOTED NAMES MISSING”
The Evening Sun, April 15, 1912 – “All Titanic Passengers are Safe; Transferred in Lifeboats at Sea”