On ‘Radio Times’: Was fake news born during Vietnam War?

 US Marines position themselves atop a tower in Hue’s Citadel, Vietnam, Feb. 20, 1968. (AP Photo)

US Marines position themselves atop a tower in Hue’s Citadel, Vietnam, Feb. 20, 1968. (AP Photo)

For many historians, the battle of Hue was a turning point in the Vietnam War. Reports of fierce fighting convinced Americans that the war was unwinnable, and the U.S. eventually withdrew from Vietnam.

Mark Bowden, journalist and author, has a new book “Hue 1968” which gives a detailed account of this crucial moment in American history.

Earlier on Radio Times, Marty Moss-Coane asked Bowden if fake news was created during the war.

“Certainly I can speak with authority about the battle of Hue that the fake news was coming from official sources,” Bowden said. “I don’t think it’s fair to say that the government is always lying. I do think a healthy, skeptical journalism is essential in a democracy.”

Listen to the full conversation on Radio Times.

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