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ISBN: 0300029535
Author: Peter Braestrup
Language: English
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; Abridged edition (January 1, 1983)
Pages: 632
Category: Military
Subcategory: History
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Braestrup's 1977 Freedom House-sponsored book, the two-volume Big Story, criticized US media coverage of the Vietnam War's 1968 Tet Offensive

Braestrup's 1977 Freedom House-sponsored book, the two-volume Big Story, criticized US media coverage of the Vietnam War's 1968 Tet Offensive. The book, which argued that the media coverage of the offensive was excessively negative and helped lose the war, "is regularly cited by historians, without qualification, as the standard work on media reporting of the Tet offensive".

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But Peter Braestrup, a war correspondent for The New York Times and The Washington Post, was one reporter who could do just that. Big Story takes a critical look at South Vietnamese performance in the war. Beginning with a prediction from Harvard Professor John Kenneth Galbraith that the South Vietnamese Army would either disappear into the woods or join the Viet Cong, Braestrup notes that Galbraith’s pessimism was due in large measure to the gross inadequacies of . media coverage by the wire services, TV networks, newspapers and news magazines.

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Peter Braestrup was an American journalist, historian and author He published his most notable work, the two-volume book called Big Story: How the .

Peter Braestrup was an American journalist, historian and author. He is known for his reports covering the Vietnam War for the New York Times and the Washington Post. Peter Braestrup’s carrer started from the two-year military service at the Army National Guard in 1948 which was followed by the service at the . Marines during the Korean war. He was seriously injured in battle and discharged in 1953 with the rank of first lieutenant. He published his most notable work, the two-volume book called Big Story: How the . Press and Television Reported and Analyzed the Tet Crisis of 1968 which discusses how American journalism fell short in its coverage of the Tet Offensive.

Peter Braestrup, a veteran journalist and Saigon-based reporter for the Washington Post during the Tet Offensive, examines how the American press and television. Tracking media mishaps and bias in reporting the 1968 Tet offensive. com User, September 7, 2009. Big Story" is the recounting of how the "American press and television reported and interpreted the crisis of Tet 1968 in Vietnam and Washington".

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Peter Braestrup (1929 – 10 August 1997) was a correspondent for The New York Times and The Washington Post .

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kinder
Reporting the war in Vietnam was never easy. Just having reporters in Vietnam was expensive. Once there, they were skeptical of information supplied by the American command, but had few other sources. The Vietnanese were a mystery to them and they seldom got to the countryside. Rewrites by editors thousands of miles away did not help the quality of reporting and analysis. Tet surprised them and brought the war to them. Perhaps, the nadir of Vietnam reporting was reached during the coverage of the siege of Khe Sanh. Superficially, the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu seemed to provide a parallel to the marines surrounded at Khe Sanh. Virtually all reporters and their editors (as well as some officials and self-proclaimed experts) were engrossed by the "parallel." Comparison between American combat power in 1968 and French combat power in 1954 made it obvious that the base at Khe Sanh would not be overrun. Nevertheless, Dien Bien Phu fever persisted. Did poor reportage of Tet play a substantial role in the outcome of the war? Probably not. Even crediting an allied victory of sorts, the scope of the Tet attacks demonstrated that the Communists were far from defeated. The surprise was made worse by the Johnson Adminstration's pre-Tet public relations campaign aimed at convincing the American public that victory in Vietnam was in sight. The service provided by the author is to demonstrate that reportage, no less than government claims, should be viewed skeptically.
iSlate
This is one of the books that must be read to understand how we "failed" in Viet Nam. Braestrup provides an excellent, fact-based review of the U.S. media's coverage of the TET Offensive including CBS-TV's phony footage of "downed" copters. The media played TET as a defeat of U.S. military -- more like it represents a defeat of U.S. journalistic ethics.
Oparae
"Big Story" is the recounting of how the "American press and television reported and interpreted the crisis of Tet 1968 in Vietnam and Washington".

I would dearly love to be able to say that author Peter Braestrup concurs with my long held conclusion that the American media were all left-wing, sympathetic to Communism and knowingly lied when they reported that the American and South Vietnamese military victory over the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces in the 1968 Tet offensive was actually a disaster.

In fact, while Braestrup does meticulously report what many might consider the misdeeds of the press in their reporting on Vietnam, he concludes that it was a mixture of factors that led to media's ultimate reportorial failure. He is, of course, right. General William Westmoreland was not a paragon a virtue when it came to dispensing the facts. The military staff assigned to liase with the media, Braestrup demonstrates, was essentially inadequate in many, many ways. Then there was the dynamic duo of Lyndon Baines Johnson and Robert McNamara who believed they were military and political geniuses and were neither.

Though published decades ago, Braestrup informs the present day. American media has become more stridently left-wing and more intent on misleading and misinforming the public while pursuing their own political and ideological goals.

Baestrup tracks the trajectory of the competitive press corps in Vietnam, particularly the television people who were coming into their ascendancy. For the TV people, images mattered, not facts. They needed material to engage eyeballs, not minds. It was logical that the images be violent even though they didn't tell the true story. The news anchors weren't objective readers of facts: they were advocates of the America as the oppressor theory and they echoed the shouts of the people clogging the streets with their protests.

Braestrup concluded his analysis of the media's performance by calling it "an extreme case", but warned as well - and bear in mind this was in 1977 - that "unsatisfactory performance [of the media] in another surprise crisis or near-crisis appears likely". What Braestrup did not foresee was that the media, led by network television, would get into the business of manufacturing crises and that the media's tilt toward the left would become more pronounced. Peter Braestrup passed away in 1997. It is our loss that we did not have his insight on the performance of the media in Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns. It undoubtedly would have been enlightening.

Jerry
Nalmetus
A thorough critique of the press coverage of the Tet Offensive. Amazingly, the press almost universally got it wrong. The U.S. and the South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) actually won the battle; the Viet Cong were decimated and never recovered as a fighting force (The regular North Vietnamese Army shouldered the major fighting from then on). It took the NVA (North Vietnamese Army) four years to build up enough strength for another major offensive (1972), which led to the Christmas bombings of Hanoi and the "peace accords."

Written by a journalist, this book is critical but not ideological; the press is not "the bad guy" here. There is plenty of blame to go around. The military misrepresented the strength of the Viet Cong, for its own reasons, and the press went on to misrepresent the battle for its own reasons. The real heresy of this book is revealing how the ARVN and U.S. forces aquitted themselves exceedingly well on the battlefield. Was the war "winnable" on the ground? It certainly wasn't "winnable" politically, but credit should be given to the servicepeople on the ground (and in the air) who did in fact win the battle tactically and strategically.

The original edition was published by Westview Press in 1977; Yale University Press issued an abidged version in 1983 and 1986; another edition was published by Presidio Press in 1994.

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