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Accuracy in Media Conference, "Vietnam: The Real Story"
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Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Accuracy in Media
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Tape #1: 'Opening Remarks' - Reed Irvine of Accuracy In Media (AIM) announcing project to produce television series to refute PBS's 'Vietnam: A Television History'. Speakers John McCain and Captain Red McDaniels discuss their experiences as prisoners of war and tools of North Vietnamese manipulation of American media. They also discuss their experience of torture and their opinions of effectiveness of American bombing of Hanoi, Wilfred Burchett, Richard Nixon, homosexual rights, Henry Kissinger, US POW collaborators, and US aid to El Salvador. Tape #2: 'Roots of Conflict' Senator Steve Symms states that 'Congress lost the war.' Steven Young and Steven Morris discuss the producers of the PBS series and the "false nationalism" of Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnamese communists. Tape #3: Murrey Barron, President of AIM introduces Admiral Thomas Moorer. Adm. Moorer comments on prosecution of the war, President Johnson, Secretary McNamara, Lieutenant Calley, Washington micromanagement of the war, the Tonkin Gulf incident, and the mining of Haiphong Harbor. Tape #4: 'Ngo Dinh Diem: America's Mandarin' Dr. Kahn on communism v. nationalism, the 'exodus' from North Vietnam to South Vietnam, the conquest of the South, Ho Chi Minh's history, the International Control Commission, and Land Reform. Dr. William Stearman presents on: 'LBJ Goes to War and Why the US Got Involved'. He discusses the Domino Theory and the success of Vietnamization. Tape #5: The Home Front: Charles Wiley addresses the nuts and bolts of propaganda he finds in Vietnam: A Television History. He analyzes variance in length of time given to 'pro' and 'anti' sides in the argument, referring to them as 'our side' and 'the leftists.' Professor Bruce Loebs discusses his experiences debating anti-war advocates at teach-ins, censorship and propaganda and 'anti-Americanism' in American higher education. Tape #6: 'The Nature of the Enemy': Professor Douglas Pike discusses 'America's Enemy', television as a medium for history, Ngo Dinh Luyen, NVA and VC atrocities, Dak Son, genocide and the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Hoang Van Chi discusses NVA popularity among American anti-war movement. Also discusses neuropsychology of political thought and Vietnamese gamesmanship. Tape #7: Foreign correspondent Arnaud de Borchgrave discusses third world anti-US policy, popular anti-Americanism, national liberation mythology, censorship by omission, propaganda, disinformation, irresponsible journalism. Capitalism vs. Communism. Tape #8: 'Tet 1968': Charlie Wiley discusses 'conspiracy' among Johnson's advisers to persuade the President to withdraw from Vietnem. Wiley also discusses the PBS film's 'slanted presentation' of 'ugliness of war.' Professor Peter Rollins speaks on 'visual literacy' and his film, 'Television's Vietnam: the Impact of Visual Images.' He discusses Vietnam: A Television History's presentation of the Tet Offensive and the Battle of Khe Sanh. Tape #9: Phil Clark on 'media myths' in Vietnam and distortions in Vietnam: A Television History. Clark claims US media exagerated the number of political prisoners in South Vietnam and the conditions of their treatment. Also claims the reality of Con Son Island and the tiger cages was exagerated. Colonel Harry Summers posits that the WGBH series was actually an attempt by those who did not support the war to justify thier actions and beliefs of the time. Ken Moorfield addresses the post-war US veterans' reintegration into society, the negative images of veterans put forth by those who did not support it, and the Vietnamese who were brought to America prior to and during the fall of Saigon. Tape #10: Dolph Droge on history omitted from Vietnam: A Television History. Vo Nguyen Giap, the portrayal of Ho Chi Minh's life, Vietnamese regional stereotypes, founding of Indochinese Communist Party, Ho's cooperation with OSS during World War II and the crippling of the Viet Cong by the Tet offensive of 1968. Tape #11: 'The Portrayal of the American Soldier in Vietnam; Aftermath' Speaker discusses film's overemphasis of morale problems among American soldiers, drug abuse, racial tension, fragging, and radical veteran's groups, as well as the misperceptions of disparity among African-American soldiers and misrepresentation of American war crimes. Speakers Al Santolli and Sichan Siv on 'Legacy of Cambodia' and the ongoing Indochina War. Narration of slide presentation showing a Vietnamese attack against refugees in Thailand. Speaker Kassi Neu discusses his survival and experiences under Khmer Rouge in Cambodia from 18 April 1975 until 7 January 1979. Speaker Sichan Siv discusses the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia and formation of Kampuchean National United Front for National Salvation and the Heng Samrin regime. A member of the Khmer People's National Liberation Front, the speaker discusses United Nations action on the Cambodian crisis and Soviet-sponsored aggression in Asia. Tape # 12: 'Legacies of the War' Speakers: Nguyen Nuoc Bich, Charlie Hubbs and William Jayne. Nguyen Nuoc Bich discusses the concept of 'the Front' and President Carter's amnesty program; Charlie Hubbs refutes charges pertaining to the spraying of herbicides by Operation RANCHHAND; William Jayne addresses the 'myths' of the Vietnam war and its veterans; 'myths' includes guilt and political radicalism of Vietnam vets. Side B contains closing remarks by Reed Irvine, seeking monetary and letter-writing support for production of film presenting 'their point of view.' Irvine discusses the 'Moscow Propaganda Machine' and the responsibility of American news media for the introduction of American ground troops into Vietnam, as well as their withdrawal.
Accuracy in Media Conference, "Vietnam: The Real Story",  1984/07/27, Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Accuracy in Media, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 25 Nov. 2015. <>.
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177AU0060, Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts - Accuracy in Media, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
Added: 9 Feb 2002[Updated: 27 Nov 2013]