Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Vietnam War and Fake News

For any informed individual the phenomenon of "Fake News" is hardly a new thing. There is, of course, the New York Time's cover-up Stalin's genocide in the Ukraine. Those around at the time remember the mainstream media's incessant shilling for Stalin's successors from the 1960s to the fall of the Berlin Wall. A classic example of media malfeasance is its coverage of the Vietnam War.

To demonstrate the media disinformation campaign on the Vietnam War, it is only necessary to ask two questions. "Have you ever heard of My Lai and Lt. William Calley?" Next, "have you ever heard of Binh Nghia and Private Larry Page?" Most people will answer "yes" to the first question and "no" to the second one. That's because one story fit the leftist media narrative and one did not.

The village of Binh Nghia is the subject of Francis "Bing" West's classic work on counterinsurgency The Village. Pvt. Page was killed in action in the Village bravely defending his "ville," and its people from communist guerrillas bent on murder and tyranny. As West describes the mission:

This is the story of fifteen Americans engaged in a fight for 485 days. No unit in Vietnam had a higher fatality rate.The odds of going home alive were fifty-fifty, a coin flip. More Marines died in the area called Chulai than in Desert Storm. The civil war in the village was as personally complicated, as staggering in its costs and as unyielding in its opposing beliefs as was our own Civil War. In Binh Nghia, the local guerrillas had relatives and protectors in the Viet Cong companies across the river and back in the mountains. The communists now rule Binh Nghia; yet the memorial to the Marines who fought there remains, and the villagers remember them by name, all these decades later.

Since it doesn't fit the narrative, few Americans have heard of the heroic actions of American soldiers and Marines in the Vietnam War. The Marines of the Combined Action Platoons were all volunteers. Many extended their tours in Vietnam in order to remain with their units and village. No need to ask yourself why you have never heard of them. The depiction American soldiers in Vietnam as murderous losers was the Progressive media narrative. Hamburger Hill is a rare movie about Vietnam that rejects this narrative. Here's a classic scene of Dylan McDermott's character encountering Sam Donaldson's clone:

More well-known is the media's presentation of the Tet Offensive as a military defeat for the US and South Vietnam when the opposite was true. The following ten minute video produced by Accuracy in Media and hosted by Charlton Heston documents the lies. My Lai is a household name. Few have heard of the thousands of Vietnamese civilians murdered in Hue by the communists.

Some of the most damning evidence of media malfeasance in Vietnam is provided by scholar Mark Moyar in his book Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965 on the events leading up to large scale American intervention. His article from ten years ago, following the death of "journalist" David Halberstam, provides a brief synopsis of media malpractice that included events leading up to the assassination of Republic of Vietnam president Ngo Dinh Diem.

From the time of William Randolph Heast, and the rest of the yellow journalists, to shilling for Stalin, to smearing American combat soldiers, to evading the jihad, to current reports on the leftist anti-free speech riots in Berkeley, the main stream media's primary purpose has been to sell the Progressive agenda to unsuspecting Americans. Don't be fooled again.

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