History is prologue

J. R. Dunn thinks that

It was with Tet ‘68 that the American media first knew sin. Anyone seeking to understand the character of consistently negative media coverage of the Global War on Terror must understand Tet. [American Thinker 05dc20]

Giap expected to stimulate a South Vietnamese uprising in support of his efforts. The result was different. The Viet Cong were ruined as a military force, their rural infrastructure left in tatters. “But that’s not how the U.S. public saw it. … It was the first time in history that the news media overturned a victory won by forces on the ground.”

Dunn cites Peter Braestrup, chief of the Washington Post’s Saigon bureau, in his book Big Story: How the American Press and Television Reported and interpreted the Crisis of Tet 1968 in Vietnam and Washington, an analysis of every major news report concerning the Tet Offensive, along with the military, political, and social results that ensued. He considers it a good start towards understanding the propaganda effect of the modern MSM and why stories are so often at odds with the reality on the ground.

Another recent story noted that historians are beginning to realize that Iraq will leave a very unusual and rich historical legacy if they can grab it. It is in the email messages and pictures that soldiers are sending home to family. This source and many other direct sources will not only provide material for historical research, they may also start to end the MSM flavoring of the public’s understanding of what is really happening in the world.

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