Mr. Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.
Chairman and Publisher
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Dear Mr. Sulzberger

A widely reported Pew poll has shown 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. You should suggest that they compare the coverage of this war with that by the media, including the Times, 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 own media, is one example. Peter Braestrup put the evidence in his book, Big Story. January will mark the 34th anniversary of the start of this offensive. This would be a good time for the Times to admit and correct its misleading coverage of Vietnam.

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