War and Words: The Australian Press and the Vietnam War

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Melbourne University Publishing, Jan 1, 2007 - Armed Forces and mass media - 340 pages
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Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War threw up moral dilemmas that divided the nation. The changing ways that Australian newspapers covered the conflict both reflected these dilemmas and enflamed them. Trisha Payne's insightful analysis of Australian reporting of the Vietnam War traces the shifts in emphasis of the coverage, the influence of government on what news reached the public, the extent of allegiance to the American viewpoint and the lack of a Vietnamese perspective. The Australian Press and the Vietnam War presents clearly the influences that shaped the media agenda of the time and identifies patterns of press coverage that continue to be discernable in the reporting of current military conflicts.

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