Vietnam War


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Interviewees discuss the Vietnam War (1954-1975) and its coverage on television.

Highlights
Morley Safer on being a broadcast journalist in Vietnam during the war
Betty Cole Dukert on covering the Vietnam War on Meet the Press
Ed Bradley on the role television played in shaping public opinion about Vietnam
Walter Cronkite on his on-air editorial that he felt the country should get out of Vietnam; what this meant to the country and the Johnson administration
Dan Rather on reporting on the Vietnam War
Alan Alda on the connection between the Korean war setting of M*A*S*H and the then-contemporary conflict in Vietnam
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Alan Alda

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Alan Alda on the connection between the Korean war setting of M*A*S*H and the then-contemporary conflict in Vietnam

William Bell

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William Bell on incorporating events of the Vietnam War into the storylines of Days of Our Lives

Donald Bellisario

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Donald Bellisario on "Magnum" of Magnum, P.I.  being a veteran of the Vietnam War
Donald Belisario on Dean Stockwell's difficulty with the Quantum Leap episode "The Leap Home"

Wade Bingham

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Wade Bingham on covering the French involvement in Vietnam, which was a precursor to the Vietnam War
Wade Bingham on covering the early stages of the Vietnam War for CBS News

Paul Bogart

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Paul Bogart on directing the All in the Family episode "The Draft Dodger" (airdate: December 25, 1976)

Ed Bradley

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Ed Bradley on the role television played in shaping public opinion about Vietnam
Ed Bradley on covering the New York aspect of major news stories like the Vietnam war while a reporter at WCBS radio during the late 1960s and early 1970s
Ed Bradley on reporting from Vietnam during the war, his personal experience during that time, and his impressions of the region
Ed Bradley on keeping his personal opinions about war out of the reporting on the Vietnam conflict
Ed Bradley on getting wounded while covering Vietnam
Ed Bradley on seeing activity on the Ho Chi Minh trail and the determination of the Vietcong
Ed Bradley on being among the reporters who left Saigon from the roof of the American embassy

Allan Burns

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Allan Burns on getting drafted in the Vietnam War, but a back injury preventing him from serving

Walter Cronkite

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Walter Cronkite on his on-air editorial that he felt the country should get out of Vietnam; what this meant to the country and the Johnson administration
Walter Cronkite on difficulties of maintaining neutrality while covering the Vietnam War and the "conspiratorial campaign" Spiro Agnew and the Nixon administration waged on the press
Walter Cronkite on being furious with Pierre Salinger who had leaked to the press that President Kennedy was to make an important announcement about Vietnam on the CBS Evening News

Sam Donaldson

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Sam Donaldson on covering the Vietnam War for ABC News

Betty Cole Dukert

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Betty Cole Dukert on covering the Vietnam War on Meet the Press

Michael Eisner

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Michael Eisner on how the Vietnam War impacted him while he was working at ABC

Reuven Frank

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Reuven Frank on the NBC News coverage of the Vietnam War
Reuven Frank on NBC News' coverage of the anti-Vietnam War movement and on his regrets over Vietnam

Murray Fromson

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Murray Fromson on stopping in Saigon and Cambodia on his way to reporting in Singapore in 1956
Murray Fromson on covering the Vietnam War for CBS News
Murray Fromson on torture he witnessed while covering the Vietnam War for CBS News, and a court martial trial he covered
Murray Fromson on the My Lai Massacre and the horrors of war
Murray Fromson on a piece he wrote for "The New York Times," which was an interview with an unnamed general who said the war in Vietnam was unwinnable - the general did not allow his name to be revealed until 2006 (it was Frederick C. Weyand)
Murray Fromson on how his transfer to the Chicago bureau of CBS News came about due to an experience in Vietnam
Murray Fromson on Walter Cronkite's visit to Vietnam
Murray Fromson on what he told Walter Cronkite on his visit to Vietnam
Murray Fromson on covering the end of the Vietnam War, including the plane crash of a flight taking orphans out of Vietnam

Larry Gelbart

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Larry Gelbart on touring with Bob Hope during the war, and how Hope was almost a victim of a bombing attack while in Vietnam

Julian Goodman

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Julian Goodman on NBC news coverage of the Vietnam War

Don Hewitt

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Don Hewitt on how television changed the public's opinion of the Vietnam War
Don Hewitt on the CBS coverage of the Gulf of Tonkin hearing

Ron Howard

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Ron Howard on accepting a role in the pilot of Happy Days (aired as an episode of Love, American Style) to avoid the Vietnam War draft

Stanley Hubbard

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Stanley Hubbard on KSTP's coverage of the Vietnam War

Ted Koppel

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Ted Koppel on his first television appearance in 1966 - covering the Vietnam War

Steve Kroft

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Steve Kroft on how his service in Vietnam prepared him to become an journalist

Jim Lehrer

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Jim Lehrer on covering the Vietnam War

Robert MacNeil

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Robert MacNeil on covering Vietnam and Richard Nixon

Burt Metcalfe

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Burt Metcalfe on how M*A*S*H related to Vietnam

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on how The Ed Sullivan Show did not reference the Vietnam War

Bill Monroe

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Bill Monroe on NBC News' coverage of Vietnam
Bill Monroe on NBC News' coverage of the Vietnam War, and on covering the Lyndon B. Johnson administration

Bill Moyers

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Bill Moyers on the very beginning of the Vietnam conflict
Bill Moyers on the relationship between the Johnson administration and the press during the Vietnam War
Bill Moyers on his own beliefs about the Vietnam War

Roger Mudd

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Roger Mudd on CBS coverage of the Vietnam War

Agnes Nixon

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Agnes Nixon on a topical story about the Vietnam War on All My Children

Dan Rather

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Dan Rather on reporting on the Vietnam War

Gene Reynolds

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Gene Reynolds on M*A*S*H  in regards to Vietnam

Aaron Ruben

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Aaron Ruben on why "Gomer Pyle" didn't go to Vietnam and why there were no African-American's in Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show

Morley Safer

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Morley Safer on being a broadcast journalist in Vietnam during the war
Morley Safer on his first trip to Vietnam
Morley Safer on the escalation of the Vietnam conflict
Morley Safer on the Cam Ne story, during which he reported on American soldiers burning a Vietnamese village 
Morley Safer on the public reaction to his reporting of Cam Ne
Morley Safer on Fred Friendly's support during backlash from the government after the Cam Ne story
Morley Safer on when public opinion against Vietnam began to turn against the war
Morley Safer on Morley Safer's Vietnam
Morley Safer on the 60 Minutes segment "Returning to Vietnam

Pat Sajak

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Pat Sajak on developing his style as a host in the armed forces radio

Bob Schieffer

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Bob Schieffer on covering the Vietnam War as a newspaper reporter
Bob Schieffer on covering anti-Vietnam War demonstrations for CBS News
Bob Schieffer on covering the Vietnam War as the Pentagon correspondent for CBS News

Max Schindler

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Max Schindler on covering the protests of the '60s
Max Schindler on directing coverage of the Vietnam War for NBC News

Reese Schonfeld

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Reese Schonfeld on UPI's coverage of the Vietnam War

Mel Shavelson

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Mel Shavelson on Bob Hope entertaining the troops in Vietnam, and on the politics of the time

Bob Simon

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Bob Simon on covering the Vietnam War for CBS News in 1971; on the Tet Offensive; on the change in American public opinion about the war
Bob Simon on the song the military chose as the evacuation signal for press to get out of Vietnam
Bob Simon on covering the end of the Vietnam War from Hanoi

Howard K. Smith

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Howard K. Smith on his son and the Vietnam War

Dick Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air
Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Tom Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air
Tom and Dick Smothers on their dealings with CBS, their firing, and their thoughts about the larger political issues which may have contributed to the demise of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Sanford Socolow

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Sanford Socolow on how Walter Cronkite became "the most trusted man in America" and the story behind Cronkite's on-air condemnation of the Vietnam War (which Cronkite delivered on a special primetime report, not on the CBS Evening News)
Sanford Socolow on CBS's coverage of the Vietnam War
Sanford Socolow on the friendship between Frank Stanton and Lyndon Johnson and whether it influenced CBS news coverage of Vietnam

Frank Stanton

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Frank Stanton on CBS News' coverage of Vietnam

George Takei

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George Takei on Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek's commentary on American society at the time

Robert Vaughn

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Robert Vaughn on his involvement with politics and speaking out against the Vietnam War

Mike Wallace

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Mike Wallace on being sued for libel (and beginning his battle with depression) by William Westmoreland after he interviewed him for his special The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception
Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes' coverage of the Vietnam War

Matthew Weiner

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Matthew Weiner on season six of Mad Men  and using the news events of 1968 as a backdrop 

John Wells

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John Wells on crafting the stories of China Beach using real life stories from Vietnam veterans 

Av Westin

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Av Westin on various major news events in his career

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