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The news media and war from Vietnam to Iraq
Piers Robinson
Peter Goddard
Katy Parry
Craig Murray
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Philip M. Taylor

mirrored the debate within the US foreign policy establishment. The scope of reporting had by now extended to embrace a ‘sphere of legitimate controversy’, involving procedural news media criticism pertaining primarily to whether or not the US was winning the war in South East Asia. Importantly, however, US news coverage never moved beyond this point into a ‘sphere of deviance’ whereby fundamental or substantive-level criticisms of the legitimacy of US action in Vietnam were made. For example, some US citizens had come to view the war in Vietnam as both immoral

in Pockets of resistance