Many scholars now argue that the media in fact did not guide public opinion, but merely shadowed the ebb and flow of fluctuating social and political sentiment. The visual element of television allows viewers to feel as if they are part of the action. In reporting the operation to the public, the press concentrated more on the official acknowledgment of overt censorship rather than the military aspects of the maneuver Hammond 2. The relationship between the media and the government, during times of crisis, is as relevant today as it was at the conclusion of the Vietnam War. S involvement, only 13 percent of news stores involved soldiers in combat Bonior, Champlin, Kolly, 1984, p.
Currently, with the invasion of Iraq on the horizon, it is difficult to deny the importance of public support. When it came time the 1964 and 1968 elections I believe Americans voted for politicians who favored the war thinking it was a great cause. The press would try to report fairly to the American people, but the government would squash it and make the press look bad Media Beat Vietnam War, Solomon and Cohen. Cronkite was a household name. These four months were typical. Nothing that is justified is destructive emotionally. This led to an increase in public pressure to end the war.
On 3 November 1969, President made a televised speech laying out his policy toward Vietnam. Thus, three out of the four veterans I interviewed blame and resent the media for its coverage of their images and the war itself. Not all the members of this fraternity wanted to join, but every single member paid the same dues. In other words, many persons who considered themselves patriots and loyal U. S involvement in the war and of the soldier himself until 1967. Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited.
Yet, the admission standard was very strict. Earlier, in 1967, General William C. Now, I would endure it all over again to protect my family and their happiness, physical safety and individual freedom. News reporters are obligated to report the news timely and accurately. For his effort, Salisbury received heavy condemnation and criticism from his peers, the administration, and the Pentagon.
Though initial reports stated that the operation killed 100 enemy soldiers in March 1968, it was revealed a year later that First Lt. This unpredictable environment posed to be dangerous to the Americans because they were not accustomed to this type of battle. Because he did not want to go to Vietnam as an infantryman, however, he later volunteered for Army schools and ultimately went to Vietnam in 1969 at age nineteen. S was right to become involved in the war. Television, however, portrayed the attack as a brutal defeat for the U. The inability to understand and the lack of respect given to the veterans angered and frustrated the soldiers upon their arrival home.
Although it was useful to have all information acquired during the war, the media played a huge role in what the American people saw and believed. Other veterans actually stopped using drugs and alcohol, because it was hurting their marriage or relationships with others. This may seem strange to say but I definitely am more tolerant of other races, religions and ideologies because of my time in Vietnam. Red China supplied the MiG-17's J5 versions and MiG-19's J6 versions and the training that went with them in Communist China. The protest ended violently when police and National Guardsmen attempted to contain the assembled demonstrators. Three out of the four veterans I interviewed feel that television coverage contributed to the American lack of resolve, which ultimately cost the U.
When reporters are told in Vietnam that America has captured 300 North Vietnamese soldiers, every single American reporter will rush to the nearest telephone. This episode represents the crux of the elitist opinion theory. This was another topic about which Dad had solid thoughts. Within the span of a very bad three hours, Delta company went from eight-eight soldiers down to twenty-one. My father describes it as a trip through the Twilight Zone, a Freddy Cruggar Friday the 13th movie and Disneyland all rolled into one. This suggests that the soldiers had little respect for Vietnamese people in general.
Now, I know the truth. According to a Louis Harris poll conducted in 1979, nearly 60 percent of all Vietnam veterans felt that television was not positive. This area was well marked and the purpose was clear. This led to constant media coverage of the war; every night news channels brought the? These are the sons and daughters of the men that fought to their death in the jungles of South East Asia. According to Daniel Hallin, It was not until the collapse of consensus was well under way that coverage began to turn around; and when it did turn, it only turned so far. A particularly critical article openly questioned official reports of success and categorized the war as a stalemate. I fought for my country.
The diverse military of the 21st century had its birth during this period. The news of atrocities such as the questioned the U. Although the ambushers would be forced back and the survivors rescued, Command elements of the United States Marine Corp would deny the Column's existence just the very next day, preferring to focus on the operation's success instead, much the ire of the reporting journalists, who had risked their lives to help load the column's many casualties onto their impromptu evacuation helicopter. Who know show combat vets answer these questions about justifiable homicide. Both Forrest Gump and Born on the 4 th of July illustrate how soldiers came home to anti-war protests and protesters.
What the people at home had learned and discovered about the war, they had seen mostly through the media. The coup followed coup as South Vietnamese generals vied for power. The media had no effect on the line crews or any of the troops in Vietnam while they were there. Analysis To tie this all together, the main standing question is so what? I ask my Dad what he remembered of the media coverage before, during and after he was there. Air forces dropped around 8 millions ton of bombs in Vietnam.