The Resource Paper soldiers : the American press and the Vietnam War, Clarence R. Wyatt

Paper soldiers : the American press and the Vietnam War, Clarence R. Wyatt

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Paper soldiers : the American press and the Vietnam War
Title
Paper soldiers
Title remainder
the American press and the Vietnam War
Statement of responsibility
Clarence R. Wyatt
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Ever since the end of the Vietnam War twenty years ago, many have held as an article of faith the idea that America's long and tragic war effort in Vietnam fell victim to a hostile press - a group of reporters and broadcasters ideologically opposed to U.S. involvement and determined to show its worst side in print and on television. This brilliantly researched and beautifully written book shatters that idea. By looking at twenty years' worth of newspaper, magazine, and television coverage of the war, and examining previously unused government and military documents, the author has reached a contrarian conclusion - that from nearly the war's beginning to its end, the U.S. government successfully manipulated the press to its own ends. From the government's side, the motivation was clear. As the Cold War heated up after World War II and the Iron Curtain descended across Europe, a curtain of secrecy descended on the United States. The threat from the Soviet Union justified, in the minds of American leaders, lying to the public and press on a shocking, unprecedented scale. This practice reached full flower in Vietnam, suppressing the bad news and emphasizing, even inventing, the good. The press realized it was being had, and though it protested occasionally, it was powerless to do much about this new secrecy. The press was not motivated by ideology, but instead by the professional demands of journalism. More than anything else, reporters needed a story, and in national security matters especially, that meant depending on government and military sources. By the time of Vietnam, U.S. officials had figured this out, and used the press's own characteristics to control it. The tension inherent in this policy is at the center of this story. It is a story with a big cast of characters - reporters such as Peter Arnett, Morley Safer, David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, and Joseph Alsop; government and military leaders like William Westmoreland, Dean Rusk, and Robert McNamara; and the "Vietnam" presidents - Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon - who never wavered in their determination to twist the Vietnam story to their own advantage, even if it meant deceiving the public. Paper Soldiers, like no other book, takes us onto the battlefield and into the heart of Saigon to show what it was like to cover one of the toughest, most exciting stories of the century. More important, it lays bare through the example of Vietnam how our leaders have often betrayed public trust, how a "national security" logic gone wild has undermined the two bulwarks of our democracy: the freedom to know and the freedom to speak
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DLC
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Wyatt, Clarence R
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS559.46
LC item number
.W93 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Vietnam War
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Press and politics
  • Guerre du Viêt-nam, 1961-1975, dans la presse
  • Guerre du Viêt-nam, 1961-1975
  • Presse et politique
  • Politics and government
  • Press and politics
  • Press coverage
  • Vietnam-oorlog
  • Berichtgeving
  • Oorlogspropaganda
  • Massenmedien
  • Pressedokumentation
  • Vietnamkrieg
  • United States
  • États-Unis
  • United States
  • USA
Label
Paper soldiers : the American press and the Vietnam War, Clarence R. Wyatt
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. A different kind of world: The cold war and secret government -- 2. Managing the News: The press, public information, and foreign policy in the Kennedy years -- 3. Dramatize the truth: Coverage of Vietnam, 1955-60 -- 4. In country: The press comes to Vietnam, 1961-62
  • 5. "Let them burn": The Buddhist crisis of 1963 -- 6. "Get on the team": The end of Diem -- 7. "I don't know": Explaining the War, 1964-67 -- 8. "Fighting in the open": Sources and the story, 1964-67 -- 9. "Buddha will understand": The crisis of confidence, 1967-68 -- 10. No more bodies: Turning away from Vietnam, 1969-75
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
272 pages
Isbn
9780393030617
Lccn
92031577
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26503852
  • (OCoLC)ocm26503852
Label
Paper soldiers : the American press and the Vietnam War, Clarence R. Wyatt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. A different kind of world: The cold war and secret government -- 2. Managing the News: The press, public information, and foreign policy in the Kennedy years -- 3. Dramatize the truth: Coverage of Vietnam, 1955-60 -- 4. In country: The press comes to Vietnam, 1961-62
  • 5. "Let them burn": The Buddhist crisis of 1963 -- 6. "Get on the team": The end of Diem -- 7. "I don't know": Explaining the War, 1964-67 -- 8. "Fighting in the open": Sources and the story, 1964-67 -- 9. "Buddha will understand": The crisis of confidence, 1967-68 -- 10. No more bodies: Turning away from Vietnam, 1969-75
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
272 pages
Isbn
9780393030617
Lccn
92031577
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26503852
  • (OCoLC)ocm26503852

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