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Quality Control for Online History

A couple weeks ago, NPR’s On the Media interviewed the historian Nick Turse, author of the recent book Kill Anything That Moves: the Real American War in Vietnam, about the Pentagon’s website commemorating the Vietnam War, which went up, rather quietly, in 2012. It turns out that the site is full of historical misinformation.  For example, the website’s timeline reproduced the Johnson Administration’s story of the so-called Gulf of Tonkin incident, much of which has since been proven not to have happened. And it also suggested that President Nixon had been open with the public about Operation MENU, i.e. the Read more