South Viet Nam: The Tube Takes Hold

In 1965, even as he was intensifying the bombing of North Viet Nam and the fighting in the South, Lyndon Johnson ordered a far-reaching escalation in the psy-war in Viet Nam. At the urging of CBS President Dr. Frank Stanton, just back from a visit to Saigon, Johnson decreed that there be television in South Viet Nam, not only to advance the struggle against the Communists, but also to contribute to the all-important task of "nation building." A few months later, two electronics-crammed Super Constellations beamed the first broadcast while circling over...

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