Section E Examples Written by Sturgis Students

NOTE: The investigation question is:
How important a factor was Walter Cronkite’s broadcast on February 27, 1968 assessing U.S. military progress in Vietnam in shifting American public opinion against the war?
Cronkite’s broadcast did not vastly shift American public views against the Vietnam War directly, but was the beginning of more support for the anti-war movement and less support of Johnson, therefore less support of the Vietnam War. There is no proof that there was an immediate shift in the American public opinion of the Vietnam War, but what the broadcast did in fact change was how the media viewed the war. It also became a determining factor in President Johnson’s decision not to run for reelection.

These factors are significant concerning American public opinion of the war; if the media was showing the protests in a more positive light, then it would slowly shift people’s opinions into being more positive about the movement. Secondly, it’s clear that Johnson thought American public opinion had shifted and this heavily influenced his decision not to run for reelection. This would have influenced the people’s opinions to shift as well.