‘Reporting Vietnam’ Explores How Journalists Delivered News to a Divided Nation

Photo of Nick Ut with jacket and jacket close-up

Photographer Nick Ut, right, wore this jacket while covering Vietnam for the Associated Press. Bottom left: a close-up of the patches he sported on his jacket. (Photo of Ut and jacket: Loan, Nick Ut)

Opening May 22, the Newseum presents  “Reporting Vietnam,” a provocative new exhibit that marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, America’s first televised war. The exhibit explores the dramatic stories of how journalists brought news about the war to a divided nation.

Powerful photos and news footage, evocative music and more than 90 compelling artifacts, historic newspapers and magazines will take visitors back to experience a time when America was at war and young people were rejecting the conservative values of their parents.

Support for the exhibit will be provided by CBS Corporation in memory of the late CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon, the award-winning CBS News correspondent whose legendary war reporting over five decades began in Vietnam.

Set to a soundtrack of protest songs, the exhibit opens with an exploration of the culture clash that emerged in the 1960s as seen through mainstream and counterculture publications of the day. “Reporting Vietnam” challenges perceptions that linger 50 years after U.S. troops arrived in Vietnam, and poses the question “Did the press lose the war?”

“Reporting Vietnam” will be on display at the Newseum May 22, 2015 through Sept. 12, 2016.

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Contributing support for the “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit is provided by CBS Corporation, in memory of CBS News correspondent Bob Simon.

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8 thoughts on “‘Reporting Vietnam’ Explores How Journalists Delivered News to a Divided Nation

  1. As a Vietnam vet who lived through it, I believe that the press didn’t lose the war but they contributed mightily.

  2. Did the press lose the war? No, but sense none of them could speak French or Vietnamese they did more harm than good. The same press that never questioned John Kerry testifying to Congress ” We have found that most Vietnamese do not know the difference between living under Communism and living in a Free Society.” I asked the same question in French to 3 Vietnamese in January 1966 and the answer from all three was , “Of course I do”. If they editorialized they lied. Yes, build eddifices to yourself so you can feel good and seem you make a difference. The only thing you did for me was make a 7 year void in my life when I could no longer watch your lies until Saigon fell April 30, 1975. My eddiface is that I bought the first television aVietnamese ever owned, sponsored over 120 Vietnamese in Houston in 1975. I am in ChoLon for two more months teaching beginner English to 3 to six year old children and one 20 year old young man.Brought toys for orphan children. You guys go celebrate and I will spend my money helping Vietnamese and I will do my own reporting because I do not trust you to tell all the truth.

  3. I was a Pfc when I arrived in Vietnam, and a Spec 4 when I left. I met a couple journalists, shared a couple laughs. They had the opportunity, and the guts, to go wherever they needed to go. I believe they reported what they saw, and if that “undermined” the American effort it was because the American effort was so corrupt, screwed up, and pointless the truth could only hurt it. The sad part is that the abuses exposed were never prosecuted. Today we have “embedded” journalists watching another debacle, and they are afraid to tell the truth. Can America survive without honest journalism? I wonder.

    • Thank you for your service, and for your great book on Vietnam. I read A Hard Rain Fell and was deeply affected by it. As a truck mechanic, you were luckier than some, but you still saw a lot and it comes through. You also captured the corruption and confusion of South Vietnam by the US military presence better than most other authors.

  4. I was a combat photographer for the 25th Division Wolfhounds (1968-1969) The censorship in our PIO unit was what was published. If I submitted a picture of a wounded American It would not be published. I was a combat infantrymen until given the pic job. My time as a combat photographer was wonderful and I wanted to go to work in the boonies with my old buddies.

    • First, Welcome Home Brother…
      I was a Bn. RTO in the S3 section of HHC 2Bn.27th Inf. (Second Wolfhounds) from Aug 30 1968 til about May ’69 when I was sent to the Sugar Mill for the remainder of my year. Was wondering if we might have crossed paths, did you also shoot for Stars and Stripes and carry a Nikonos dive camera?

      Thanks for your sacrifice and again, Welcome Home
      Chuck Pippin

  5. As a part of the UK’s foremost Vietnam Re-enactment group I run the section portraying both military and civilian ‘PRESS’ corps members. We educate today for your yesterday….. check us out along with some of our images through our Facebook and Twitter pages:

    Facebook search: Vietnam-bao chi

    Twitter search: Vietnam-bao chi

    Group Website: http://www.rolling-thunder.org.uk/

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