I don't doubt that for a second SW.TommyGunn,
IF the "mainstream press" had been even minimally HONEST about RVN, we "VietNam era GIs" wouldn't have gotten a "black eye". =====> The press, starting in 1965, LIED LIKE RUGS about the war.
(When the TRUTH didn't "make good press", the press LIED & "created stories" out of thin air.)
For example, CBS "News" accused a college friend of mine (an Infantry 1LT, AmeriCal Division) of "war crimes" that allegedly happened TWO YEARS after Jerry was KIA. When his wife provided certified/dated copies of his death certificate, the "news division" accused him of OTHER "war crimes" that allegedly occurred THREE YEARS after his death.
(By law, nobody can libel or slander the dead.)
IF anyone reading this believes ANYTHING claimed by "the mainstream press", without INDEPENDENT PROOF, they are FOOLS imVho.
Remember the "Tet Offensive?" The enemy simultaneously attacks a number of S. Vietnamese cities? To Walter Cronkite, et al, this was a horrible disaster for America and showed we were utterly losing the war.
In reality it was a military disaster for the enemy and our forces pretty easily countered the enemy. Really. I've spoken to vets who were there ... the only difference they noted was they had "more targets to shoot at.":twisted::mrgreen: That sounds pretty decisive to me....atleast.
I can't answer for what Walter Idiot Cronkite was thinking ......