Media In The Vietnam War Essay

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The number of press corpses recorded in South Vietnam became more intense. In an extract from Media Role in The Vietnam War (Source A) it is understood that in just a space of a year the death toll had climbed tremendously with 40 corpses in 1964, to 419 deaths in1965. America now had to deal with the large rise in press corps, and decided that they had to apply a more effective method to keep the public out of knowledge. In 1964, the United States Mission and Military Assistance Command, Vietnam decided to appoint an “information czar”, Barry Zorthian, to keep the correspondents in line. From 1965 to 1967, Barry Zorthian, with his experience with the media, had influenced major television networks such as CBS, labelling the war as a “good guys shooting Red’” story. (Source A) The US media had given the American public the impression that the war would end soon (Source G), however, in late January 1968, the media took a turn for the worst after the Tet Offensive (TET) occurred. This event marked a major turning point for media’s coverage of the war. The war was now depicted as one of the biggest crimes in U.S history where American soldiers were labelled as murderers. The morale of the American soldier had begun to diminish after the event was televised, this ultimately lead to the end of the American involvement in the Vietnam War.…show more content…
The cartoon expresses that once the media became involved it exposed the cruelties and true horrors of what was happening there. The bucket in the left side of the picture explains how the government dealt with the Vietnamese. They would go into their territory and kill off as much of their culture and families as they could. The police officer is painting over what they wanted to cover up during the war. In the end, there was no victory in the war. Many were killed and that was the truth that many Americans did not see. (Source
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