Mr. Donald E. Graham
Chairman
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20071-0070

Dear Mr. Graham

On Nov. 29, the Post reported a Pew poll showing that the public's rating of press performance has risen along with the perception that news organizations are standing up for America. There should be a lesson in this for your journalists. As a Vietnam veteran, you should suggest that they compare the coverage of this war with that by the media, including the Post, of our war in Vietnam. Uwe Siemon-Netto, a German journalist who covered Vietnam, said, "The Vietnam war was the first war in history that was won by one side essentially via the media of the other side." The coverage of the Tet offensive, which even the Vietcong said was a defeat portrayed as their victory by our media, is one example. Peter Braestrup, a Post reporter, put the evidence in his book, Big Story. January will mark the 34th anniversary of the start of this attack. The Post should use this to make amends for its misleading coverage.

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