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By the end of 1969, over 70 percent of South Vietnam’s population was rated by the U. military as under government control, compared with 42 percent at the beginning of 1968. Almost from the moment the first shots were being fired, skeptics of the war effort in the mainstream media, including CBS News icon Walter Cronkite, would use Tet to prove that the war wasn’t being won as the Johnson administration was claiming.
They went further, representing the failed attacks on the U. embassy in Saigon and other sites as symbols of Communist , reporters caught in the fighting systematically used it to turn the reality of American victory into an image of American and South Vietnamese defeat (reporting for example that Vietcong had overrun five floors of the U. embassy when in fact the VC had never even gotten inside the building).
Gallup polls in December 1967 had shown Americans evenly split on whether entering Vietnam was a mistake.
The barrage of negative coverage of Tet had nudged the doubters slightly ahead by February 1, 46 to 42 percent.
The TV channel appeared on air in Kyiv on January 24, 1992, under the name “Tet-a-tet” and became the first alternative to the “solid” state television.
TET is a Ukrainian-language national entertainment TV channel broadcasting in Ukraine.
’s coverage of the siege of Khe Sanh showed 18 photos (out of a total of 29) of dead or wounded Marines or Marines huddling under cover, never mentioning that the Marines were steadily pushing back the NVA and inflicting heavy casualties.
That campaign of misrepresentation culminated in Walter Cronkite’s half-hour TV special on February 27, when he told his viewers with an appropriately glum face that Tet had proved that America was now “mired in a stalemate” — even as American forces were breaking the siege around Khe Sanh and clearing out the last resistance in Hue.
osef Goebbels called it the Big Lie, the deliberate misrepresentation of facts and reality in order to achieve a political objective.
It’s been part and parcel of the New World Disorder we’ve lived under for the past century, ever since Vladimir Lenin first used a Big Lie to disguise his seizure of power from Russia’s post-czar provisional government in November 1917, by telling the Russian people he was preventing a coup not perpetrating one.