Media During The Vietnam War Essay

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Media during the Vietnam War The Vietnam War was diverse for America for many reasons, but the dispute about the role of the media has become almost as debatable as the war itself. Americans varying opinions of the Vietnam War were influenced primarily by the media and the biased content they chose to show. A popular thought came to individuals minds after the war that the media contributed to the failure in Vietnam by oppositional information. The media influenced Americans views of the Vietnam War through the use of prejudice content and propaganda. For almost a decade, people were able to watch in between activities Vietnamese attacks, the life of a soldier, and the horrific views the soldiers had to see every day. Even …show more content…
Many people considered the United States involvement of the war unnecessary and looked down on the Vietnam Veterans (Robinson). The Vietnam War lasted from 1957 to 1975, it centered in Vietnam, which was then divided into the South Vietnam and the North Vietnam. The war eventually involved the United States, allied with the South Vietnamese; there purpose was to prevent a Communist takeover of the South. In the North, Ho Chi Minh strengthened his control and created a tightly controlled Communist government. According to Cloninger “The communist military forces were able to conduct force on force operations as well as use classic insurgent tactics against the U.S and allied forces.” The United States supported Diem with money, military guidance, and advice. Many people in the United States disagreed with the United States involvement and thought adversely of the troops when they went to war. The United States eventually stopped supporting the South Vietnamese leading to the crumbling of the South Vietnamese. In December 1974, North Vietnamese began their final campaign, which led to the collapsing of the South Vietnamese government in 1975 (Bissell, Olvera). In 1976 the country was united on Communist rule. In all, the war cost America $30 billion dollars every year during the war (Rohn). Although the American troops had just fought for their …show more content…
Instead of choosing to show the cultural, historical and social aspects of the war they over emphasized the combat coverage and missions of the United States. To this day Veterans won’t talk about being a Vietnam Veteran and what is the reason for this? Most veterans are proud of what they did and people will go out of their way to thank them, but somehow a Vietnam Veteran is different. After the North Vietnamese’s attack of the embassy of Saigon, Americans started to critic the troops and their support went down (Robinson). The media produced misconceptions on important information that could have changed the views of Americans. For example, Stearman states “They describe the Viet Cong as "poorly equipped guerrillas," but this was true only in their early operations.” This exemplifies the significance of one little fact that can change a great deal. The Viet Cong were only badly equipped in the beginning of the war but towards the end they were better equipped than the United States. When people at first thought the Vietcong were not equipped well and they still were gaining on the United States it started the chain of people not supporting the troops. According to Cloninger “The People 's Army of Vietnam also had a highly organized, well trained, and well equipped organization capable of carrying out special

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