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Big Story: How the American Press and Television Reported and Interpreted the Crisis of Tet 1968 in Vietnam and Washington
Big Story: How the American Press and Television Reported and Interpreted the Crisis of Tet 1968 in Vietnam and Washington
By Peter Braestrup
Westview Press (for Freedom House), 1977, pp
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A staggeringly detailed analysis of American press coverage of the Tet offensive. Braestrup, at the time chief of The Washington Post's Saigon bureau, contends that serious procedural and structural flaws caused the press to present a North Vietnamese military defeat as a victory. Volume II consists of tabulations of stories and pictures carried by major dailies, news weeklies, wire services and networks.