Vietnam War

Tran Tran

Background Information

By the 1960's to 1970's, it was a hard time for both U.S and Vietnam. Started in July 28, 1965, at the White House, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced a decision which sent the first U.S. combat troops into Vietnam, known as the Vietnam War, with more than 100,000 young men soldiers were called to join in. However, many U.S people strongly spoke up and opposed the war.
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Medias Portrayal

In the first phase, 1965 through 1967, media reflects the initial public support for the war in Vietnam and the ensuing displeasure at student protests against the government's actions. Media covered all the news those time, and transferred to families by, newspapers, televisions, radio... Which then propaganda, posters, slogans were put up to protest the war. Even though, at first, media and public opinion express sentiments clearly against the actions and beliefs of student protesters. However, in 1968, they changed to express increased interest and new support for student protests.
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The types of bias were used through reports in the media that I noticed are bias by placement, bias by photos, captions and camera angles. Pictures was put on the front of news and magazines because it was the most popular event and had a large influenced to U.S. Also, Television showed clearly videos from high angle cameras to prove how large the people who protested the war, they covered all the road with captions such as "stop the war", "bring the troops home"...


The type of criticism that I noticed throughout reports and articles is historical. It is historical because the war was lasting up to 10 year to ended and protesters was impatient with their anti-war activities many years. The war left painful for the U.S people, especially families whose soldiers died in the war. Now, in Washington DC, a memories wall was built in order to forever remember soldiers brave contributed for U.S. And while reminding it, there are some people still think and doubt what President Lyndon B. Johnson did are wrong and lies.

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