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Reporting Vietnam

Just prior to a discussion of a possible troop withdrawal from Vietnam, Kennedy and his advisers discuss media coverage of the war in Southeast Asia. The group is particularly concerned about New York Times reporter David Halberstam and UPI correspondent Neil Sheehan. According to Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, the two were "allowing an idealistic philosophy to color all their writing."

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John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States, 1961-1963.

Biographical sketch from American President.

Newspaper Article Robert McNamara was Secretary of Defense, 1961-1968.

Biographical sketch from American President.

Document William P. Bundy was Deputy Assistant of Defense for International Security Affairs, 1961-1963.

William P. Bundy obituary from the New York Times.

Audio McGeorge Bundy was National Security Advisor, 1961-1966.

Obituary from the New York Times.


W. Averell Harriman was Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern and Pacific Affairs, 1961-1963.

Biographical sketch from American President.

Profile from the Truman Library.

Document David Halberstam was a reporter for the New York Times.

David Halberstam obituary from the New York Times.

Document Neil Sheehan was a reporter for United Press International (UPI).

Neil Sheehan biography from the Academy of Achievement.



JFK Daily Diary, October 2, 1963.
Newspaper Article New York Times Front Page, October 2, 1963.
AudioMeeting Tape 114/A49, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. Raw audio file available at the Miller Center's White House Tapes portal.

Document David Halberstam's report on the situation in Vietnam from the New York Times, August 19, 1963.

"Telegram From Malcom Browne of the Associated Press, David Halberstam of The New York Times, Peter Kalischer of CBS News, and Neil Sheehan of United Press International to the President," July 7, 1963 | Source: U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian.




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