I'm reading The Girl in the Picture at the moment which is the story of one of the most famous photographs of the Vietnam War:
I’m only right at the beginning but this is the first time I’ve read about events such as the Tet Offensive and the Hui Massacre. I’ve become really interested in the role of the media during the Vietnam War and the ways in which the American public were manipulated and played by the media. It makes me very aware of the current media coverage of Iraq and Afghanistan and the massive difference in the news as represented by the different news agencies.
“To see is to believe but in whose context?” – Charlton Heston, Vietnam War: The Impact of MediaThe following video narrated by Charlton Heston does have a strong anti-communist bias but I found it quite interesting in that it shows us one thing: we as the public can never know the truth because the media will take images and video footage and make it represent whatever it is they want us to believe. Were the Americans wrong to go into Vietnam? Were they guilty of war crimes, massacres and atrocities? Or did the media completely forsake the American troops, condemning them when the troops and the South Vietnamese needed them most? Well, I guess it depends which news channel you are watching.
Vietnam War - The Impact of MediaNarrated by Charlton Heston (56 mins)
For the record, my own view on the current war against terrorism is that American and British troops are being led like lambs to the slaughter in a war where there are no clearly identified targets or goals and therefore, no chance of ever succeeding. Politicians should stop using young men ad women as their personal pawns and toy soldiers.