The press and the anti-war movement

By the late 1960s, as more young men were drafted to fight in Vietnam, the anti-war movement was intensifying. On Oct. 21, 1967, 100,000 protesters gathered peacefully at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., but a smaller sit-in across the river at the Pentagon ended with arrests and beatings of demonstrators. News coverage focused on drug use and disorderly conduct; The Los Angeles Times described many in the crowd as “communists, hippies and flower-power advocates.” But one image from the Pentagon protest became a lasting icon of the anti-war movement: a protester placing daisies into the barrel of a military policeman’s gun.

“Reporting Vietnam,” a new exhibit that marks the 50th anniversary of the start of America’s first televised war, explores the dramatic stories of how journalists brought news about the war to a divided nation.

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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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