Archives: My Lai

Spending his life as a ‘Reporter’: Seymour Hersh 

June 12, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, reporters, reporting, writers.

My Lai. If you know anything at all about the war in Vietnam, you know this word. It was the village where more than 100 unarmed civilians were killed by American soldiers during a 1968 offensive. The word has taken on literal and symbolic meaning. We might not know the word at all if it • Read More »

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Churchill commands history (or tries to); My Lai; how to avoid sugar; and a bonus: newsletter March 23, 2018

March 26, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | 1 Comment | Filed in: journalism.

When the American public heard about what happened a year later, My Lai quickly became a symbol for America’s tragic misadventure in Southeast Asia. My Lai exposed the lack of clear mission, inadequate training, miscommunication, and less-than-straightforward truth-telling that had characterized the whole enterprise.

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