Confusion was uppermost when newspapers reported early stories of the Titanic disaster. Some headlines proclaimed that everyone was safe. Other headlines were closer to the facts. Images online, courtesy Library of Congress.
In the days before instant news, people learned about tragedies from the newspaper. Journalists, ever eager for a sensational scoop, pressed for the story. But while the survivors were still at sea, no one could be sure what had really happened.
Confusion, caused in large part by conflicting telegrams from ostensibly knowledgeable sources, ruled the day. Three examples make the point.
Newspapers went to press without full knowledge of what happened. Speculation ruled the day.
The Court, having carefully inquired into the circumstances of the casualty, finds, for the reasons appearing in the annex hereto, that the loss of the said ship was due to collision with an iceberg, brought about by the excessive speed at which the vessel was being navigated.