In a recent New Yorker, Richard Rovere made these points:
1) there is no basic difference between the Korean and the Vietnamese wars;
2) nor is the different reaction to both due to the more developed techniques of reporting;
3) but there is a difference in feeling between the present younger generation and that of 20 years ago.
No network would have offered pictures from the Korean war front like the ones we have seen recently, and the reporters themselves tended to stress the idealistic features of that war as against its realistic grimness. We are no longer afraid to disturb the unity of the country in time of war. The generation that has grown up since the 40’s rejects both ideological wars ...
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