A half-century after the end of the Vietnam War, the role of the media in the world’s first “TV war” remains controversial. Did media cost the United States victory? Did the media misrepresent the conflict? Did the troops doing the real fighting resent the journalists’ presence and the role they were playing?
Two veterans who covered the war as Army journalists, John Olson and Calvin Posner, discuss their experiences in a panel moderated by Mark Bowden, author of “Hue 1968” and “Black Hawk Down” and hosted by Stars and Stripes as part of the Vietnam War 50th Year Commemoration in Washington in May.