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CNN's Tailwind tale : inside Vietnam's last great myth

Author: Jerry Lembcke
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowan & Littlefield, ©2003.
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"On June 7, 1998, CNN broadcast Valley of Death, the story of a 1970 raid into Laos by U.S. Special Forces. According to the report, Operation Tailwind used sarin nerve gas to kill U.S. soldiers who had defected to the North Vietnamese. After a firestorm of controversy, CNN retracted the report, ruining the career of rising star April Oliver and compromising the network's credibility. Called "the TV news story of  Read more...
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Lembcke, Jerry, 1943-
CNN's Tailwind tale.
Lanham, Md. : Rowan & Littlefield, c2003
(OCoLC)606982582
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerry Lembcke
ISBN: 0742523284 9780742523289
OCLC Number: 51647403
Description: xviii, 214 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Valley of death: from blockbuster to just busted --
2. Tailwind (Take 1): courage and covert operations --
3. Tailwind (Take 2): a government betrays Its people --
4. Lies and legends: men and remembered mettle --
5. Two parts apocalypse now and a pinch of sarin: popular culture's recipe for valley of death --
6. Beyond reason: revelation in the valley of death --
7. Consider the source(s): Thomas Moorer and John Singlaub --
8. What was she thinking? April Oliver's willing suspension of disbelief --
9. The CNN-tailwind affair: journalism in a fearful America.
Responsibility: Jerry Lembcke.

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CNN's story of Operation Tailwind was one of the biggest scandals of the late 1990s news industry. Here, Jerry Lembcke delves into the origins of the story and how it came to be believed, not only by  Read more...

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Jerry Lembcke has once again produced a compelling discussion of a post-Vietnam myth. Like his last book, The Spitting Image, this one explores the strange mechanics by which collective experiences Read more...

 
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schema:reviewBody""On June 7, 1998, CNN broadcast Valley of Death, the story of a 1970 raid into Laos by U.S. Special Forces. According to the report, Operation Tailwind used sarin nerve gas to kill U.S. soldiers who had defected to the North Vietnamese. After a firestorm of controversy, CNN retracted the report, ruining the career of rising star April Oliver and compromising the network's credibility. Called "the TV news story of the year" by TV Guide, CNN's Operator Tailwind fiasco was the biggest news scandal of the 1990s." "Hearing about the story after its broadcast, Jerry Lembcke was struck by its resemblance to war legends and myths. His search for the origins of the tale and an explanation for why top-level journalists would believe it led him into the shocking world of political paranoia, where conspiracy theory, popular culture, religious fundamentalism, and the fantasies of war veterans cross paths. Approaching the story as a case study in why people believe what they do, Lembcke reversed the normal inquiry into how journalists shape what the rest of us know, to ask questions about the social forces that shape what journalists know." "With a likeness to Herbert Gans's 1980 classic, Deciding What's News, Jerry Lembcke's CNN's Tailwind Tale is a study of American journalism that opens a window on America itself."--BOOK JACKET."
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