The Tet Offensive Revisited: Media’s Big Lie by Arthur Herman
Excerpt: America’s first major encounter with the Big Lie, with all its disastrous consequences, started 50 years ago today, when the American mainstream media — CBS and the other networks, plus the New York Times and the Washington Post — decided to turn the major Communist Tet offensive against U.S. forces and South Vietnam on January 30, 1968, into an American defeat, rather than what it actually was: a major American victory. We’ve all lived in the disorder and chaos that campaign set in motion ever since. By the end of 1967, the Communist cause in the Vietnam War was in deep trouble. The build-up of American forces — nearly half a million men were deployed in Vietnam by December — had put the Vietcong on the defensive and led to bloody repulses of the North Vietnamese army (NVA), which had started intervening on the battlefield to ease the pressure on its Vietcong allies.
(The real history just keeps getting brought forth, again and again. Not in the NYTimes of any other big media, not on ABC, CBS, CNN, or PBS, but at least it's out there. Hopefully there will be some attention paid and it'll all go into recorded history so others who do research in future years will find it. --Del)