Media

                               Walter Cronkite conducts an interview in Hue, Vietnam, 1968 (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Wars usually take place far from American soil in places that few Americans understand.  Americans are thus dependent on others, such as the government, the news media, and the entertainment industry, to help them understand why the nation is at war, the progress of the war, and the outcomes and implications.The majority of Americans gained their understanding of the Vietnam War through the news media, including television news, which carried images of war directly into their homes for the first time in history. Click on the sections below to learn more about how the Vietnam era influenced the way that wars are reported today. 

NEWS STORIES OF VIETNAM

WAR ON THE HOMEFRONT