The war newspaper articles have been written ever since the publishing of news began. This is because of the part of human nature to be interested in the unfortunate pain and suffering of others. The second leading interest of people is when they are involved in a just cause that is part of causing pain and suffering to an enemy, which is what war is.
Until the Tet offensive by the North Vietnamese, the US papers were reporting how great the war effort in this south Asian country was going and it continued for a short period of time after this event. There was even a quote from General Westmoreland, “the enemy did not win any major battles in Vietnam in 1967” and further boasted “We should expect our gains of 1967 to be increased manyfold in 1968”.
This was reported in the Tucson Daily Citizen on March 22, 1968. The story and the war were already out of favor with the American public and this story, though a major development in the war, was buried on the 24th page of the paper. Little did anyone really realize, it was the beginning of the end of the war in Vietnam.
On the bottom of the front page of the same newspaper on the same day, was the headlines “Another Great Marine Victory, From the Halls of Montezuma to Bloody Streets of Hue”. The death count was America 150, the enemy 1800. This was a battle in the streets of Hue which the America marines came fighting in and took control. When needed, the city was bombed by aircraft and shelled by naval cannons.
As evidenced by the different tone of these two stories and their placement, the upbeat conquering made front page news while the reality of the situation was buried on page 24. This is the way war newspaper articles were printed over 40 years ago, and this is still occurring today.