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How the media was, during the vietnam war

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How the media was, during the vietnam war Vietnam is unlike any war ever fought, unlike other war that we fought none before that brought so much controversy as to how it was covered by the media, it forever changed the way we the public looked at war. As technology evolved so did the ability to cover news. In the years prior to Vietnam there was only radio and television was not yet in every household, not to mention there wasn't no color televisions and very few color pictures. The media not only improved with their technology but they also were bigger than they had ever been. It was not so much the size of the war that really made an impact as to how we saw war afterward, in other past wars there were many more casualties, it was the coverage of it. In past wars such as Korea and World War II there was coverage but it was more restricted and biased. The media would portray the Americans as heroes and men were proud and to join the service. The movies of the past portrayed that heroism, an example of that was John Wayne who starred in many of the war movies made at that time. ...read more.


Many military operations were done from civilian homes where there would be underground tunnels where the enemies would be at and could not be seen. Unlike any other wars the mistakes of are soldiers were magnified because not only were they seen by there own comrades but by the people watching the television. The impact the coverage made after Vietnam was incredible, war was not longer seen as glorious because Americans were no longer as blindfolded as they were before to the happenings of the war. The outcome of the war didn't help either. The fact that the war was lost because of troops pulling out not only showed the Americans that we were beatable but it humiliated us in front of other countries. The images portrayed by the war showed the US the big superpower as joke because it couldn't handle a small country like North Vietnam. That showed in the future of wars to come such as Iraq and now with September 11 the war on terrorism that the support is no longer there like it was once because when the reality of war was shown, at least by the images, society no longer had the desire to fight a war. The medias coverage although biased showed the truth because picture don't lie. ...read more.


The media showed when there was friendly fire putting more into controversy the war. The one reported case was "Calley's Army unit which massacred at least 100 and perhaps as many as 200 civilians in 1968 in the hamlet of My Lai in South Vietnam. Calley was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to prison for 10 years". (World Book Encyclopedia. Pg 392). Cases like those were rare but were increasingly magnified to the public to the extent where the public felt all unit acted in the same manner. The war was fought in two fronts one being from the side of the public who was seeing the events on television and the other on real front line where the actual soldiers were fighting the war. The government had protestors known as hawks who were against troops in Vietnam. The showing of the truth of war made it so that the government could not freely to do what they intended. With the public not in support then there could not be more troops sent to Vietnam, there could not be more money put into the war because public support was not behind it. Unlike other war where the war was completely supported like in World War II not having the full support caused the government to think twice before each action taken. The government was ...read more.

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