Accession Number : ADA195384

Title :   General William C. Westmoreland: Symbol of America to War, 1964-1968, Symbol of War to America, 1982-1985; A Study of Three News Magazines.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : ARMY MILITARY PERSONNEL CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA PROGRAM ANALYSIS OFFICE

Personal Author(s) : Warren, Anne P

PDF Url : ADA195384

Report Date : 18 Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 97

Abstract : This thesis examines how three major news magazines, Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report, characterized General William C. Westmoreland during two different decades; first when he was commander of all U.S. forces in Vietnam from 1964-1968, and later, when he was a plaintiff in a libel suit against CBS from the time of a defamatory broadcast in 1982 until the suit was dropped in 1985. The three magazines that had full-time reporters in Vietnam during General Westmoreland's tour of duty there and were widely read by the American public. One would expect that the characterizations of General Westmoreland would change as public opinion about the Vietnam War and the military changed since the 1960s (from negative to positive), but that was not the case. Instead, this study found that the 1960s characterizations of the general were positive, despite negative public opinion of the war; whereas the 1980s characterizations of him were only a shadow of what they once had been despite an American resurgence of patriotism. Keywords: General officers; Periodicals; Mass media.

Descriptors :   *GENERAL OFFICERS, *PUBLIC OPINION, JOBS, MASS MEDIA, READING, THESES, TRAVEL, VIETNAM, WARFARE, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), PERIODICALS

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Sociology and Law
      Information Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE