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Describe the media coverage of the Vietnam War and its effect.

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´╗┐Describe the media coverage of the Vietnam War and its effect. Vietnam was the ?first media war?, the first war fought on TV. During the Korea War, audience and technology were still very limited. In 1950, only 9% of homes had television. By 1966 93% of homes in America owned televisions. This led to constant media coverage of the war; every night news channels brought the ?horror of war? into people?s living rooms. ...read more.

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Only during the Tet Offensive, when the war entered urban areas did its suffering and destruction appear regularly on TV. Most of the emphasis was on the ?American Soldier? and so coverage of Vietnam politics and the Vietnamese was little. Similarly, Vietnamese atrocities were unseen as it was too dangerous for them to be there so they presented a bias view. As withdrawals came and morale declined, the tone of the reporting changed. ...read more.

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Many generals accused critics of being unpatriotic and guilty of helping the enemy. One of the most influential acts during the war was when Life Magazine published an edition featuring the pictures of 242 American soldiers killed that week in Vietnam. This gave the American people a realisation of the amount of people being killed in Vietnam. Coverage of the war was often biased and as General Maxwell Taylor wrote ?the picture of a few flaming Saigon houses, created the impression that this was the way it was in all or most of Saigon.? ...read more.

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