The Weekly War: Newsmagazines and Vietnam

The Weekly War: Newsmagazines and Vietnam

The Weekly War: Newsmagazines and Vietnam

The Weekly War: Newsmagazines and Vietnam

Synopsis

In The Weekly War, James Landers provides the first in-depth investigation of how the three major news-magazines--Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report--covered the Vietnam War and the impact their coverage had on the American public, presidents, and policymakers. From March 1965 through January 1973 these magazines reached nearly one-third of adult Americans. No other sources of general news with national distribution came close to those numbers--contradicting the general impression that this was primarily a "television war." While television reporting provided a here-and-now version of events, these magazines published articles that combined on-the-scene coverage with analysis and commentary. Because these publications worked on a more leisurely weekly deadline, as opposed to the daily deadlines of television or newspapers, they were able to provide distinct perspectives on the week's events, along with factual material. The writing was typically more vivid and detailed than that of newspapers, and,the extensive use of color photographs contributed to the impact of the stories themselves. Each magazine had its own niche and distinct editorial style: Newsweek provided a mainstream liberal perspective, while Time took a more conservative viewpoint, and U.S. News & World Report had an ultraconservative outlook. In many cases, the editors of each magazine aimed to reach like-minded readers, knowing full well that a reader who disliked one magazine could simply switch to another. Landers demonstrates how public-opinion shifts during the war forced the newsmagazines, especially Time, to change too. This book reflects a thorough examination of roughly nine hundred articles on theVietnam War published by these three major newsmagazines. Landers also gathered documents from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Richard M. Nixon Presidential Materials Project to reveal the attention paid to the newsmagazin
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