The Press: Miscue on the Massacre

FT. BENNING GA. AN ARMY OFFICER HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN THE DEATHS OF AN UNSPECIFIED NUMBER OF CIVILIANS IN VIET NAM IN 1968, POST AUTHORITIES HAVE REVEALED.

COL. DOUGLAS TUCKER, INFORMATION OFFICER, SAID THE CHARGE WAS BROUGHT FRIDAY AGAINST 15T LT. WILLIAM L. CALLEY JR., 26, OF MIAMI, FLA., A TWO-YEAR VETERAN WHO WAS TO HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED FROM THE SERVICE SATURDAY.

So read the lead paragraphs of a 190-word news item transmitted by the Associated Press Sept. 6. It was a story that raised questions: How many civilians had been murdered? How had they been murdered? Why had Calley been...

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