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Spiro Agnew Attacks News Coverage

On November 13, 1969, at the Midwestern Regional Republican Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, Vice President Spiro Agnew delivers a Pat Buchanan-penned speech that sharply criticizes the television networks' coverage of President Richard Nixon's Vietnam policy.

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  • Spiro Agnew Attacks News Coverage
    Spiro Agnew Attacks News Coverage

    Audio Clip (2:55)

    On November 13, 1969, at the Midwestern Regional Republican Conference in Des Moines, Iowa, Vice President Spiro Agnew delivers a Pat Buchanan-penned speech that sharply criticizes the television networks' coverage of President Richard Nixon's Vietnam policy.

    Audio Clip (2:55)
  • Senator Morse Calls for Vietnam Withdrawal
    Senator Morse Calls for Vietnam Withdrawal

    Audio Clip (1:38)

    In an address before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on March 10, 1968, Sen. Wayne Morse, a vehement critic of the war in Vietnam, attacks President Lyndon Johnson's Vietnam policy after Gen. William Westmoreland requested that 200,000 more troops be sent in response to the Tet Offensive.

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  • Nixon Orders Invasion of Cambodia
    Nixon Orders Invasion of Cambodia

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    On April 30, 1970, President Richard Nixon asks the American people to support his decision to send troops into Cambodia in response to North Vietnam’s invasion of the country.

    Audio Clip (1:02)
  • Adlai Stevenson on Vietnam War
    Adlai Stevenson on Vietnam War

    Audio Clip (4:10)

    As permanent U.S. representative to the United Nations, Adlai Stevenson is interviewed in early 1965 about his view on the developing situation in Vietnam.

    Audio Clip (4:10)
  • Chicago Seven Trial
    Chicago Seven Trial

    Audio Clip (1:39)

    During a press conference on October 14, 1969, Tom Hayden, one of the defendants in the trial of the Chicago Seven, offers his view on prosecutor Thomas Foran's most recent accusations. The Chicago Seven—Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner—were charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot for their participation in the Vietnam War protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

    Audio Clip (1:39)
  • McNamara Briefs President Johnson on Tonkin Gulf
    McNamara Briefs President Johnson on Tonkin Gulf

    Audio Clip (1:00)

    On August 4, 1964, as events in the Tonkin Gulf unfold, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara apprised President Lyndon B. Johnson of the situation in a series of phone calls. In the third secretly recorded phone call of the day, McNamara reports that two U.S. destroyers deployed in the Gulf east of Vietnam are under attack. While McNamara did not know it at the time, the information he relayed was later determined to be false.

    Audio Clip (1:00)
  • Lyndon Johnson and Robert McNamara Plan Airstrikes in Vietnam
    Lyndon Johnson and Robert McNamara Plan Airstrikes in Vietnam

    Audio Clip (3:31)

    In a recorded phone call on February 26, 1965, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and President Lyndon B. Johnson discuss possible airstrikes in Vietnam.

    Audio Clip (3:31)
  • Lyndon Johnson Expresses Doubts About Vietnam War
    Lyndon Johnson Expresses Doubts About Vietnam War

    Audio Clip (1:13)

    Speaking to his special assistant for national security, McGeorge Bundy, in a May 27, 1964, recorded telephone conversation, President Lyndon B. Johnson expresses his worry that the war in Vietnam is turning into another Korea.

    Audio Clip (1:13)
  • Lady Bird Johnson Critiques the President
    Lady Bird Johnson Critiques the President

    Audio Clip (2:30)

    President Lyndon B. Johnson holds a press conference on March 7, 1964, and takes questions on a range of topics, from the pending civil rights bill to the war in Vietnam. Afterward, in a recorded conversation with the president, Lady Bird Johnson evaluates her husband’s performance and awards him a “B+.”

    Audio Clip (2:30)
  • Lyndon Johnson Considers Troop Increase in Vietnam
    Lyndon Johnson Considers Troop Increase in Vietnam

    Audio Clip (5:02)

    In June 1965, shortly after a coup in South Vietnam led to the 10th change of government in the war torn country, an attack by the North Vietnamese destroyed three U.S. aircraft at Danang. During a recorded telephone conversation with Defense Secretary Robert McNamara on July 2, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson contemplates whether the war can be won.

    Audio Clip (5:02)

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