Truths Heard and Unheard

On his first day on the witness stand, General William C. Westmoreland described how he made frequent visits to his field commanders in Viet Nam to hear their briefings and get firsthand impressions. He used the word briefings as an old soldier would, perhaps not even aware of its connection to his $120 million libel suit against CBS. For briefings are also what journalism is about—gathering facts, asking questions and then briefing a public that hasn't the time or the patience to hear it all.

Did CBS choose unfairly to prove a thesis when...

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