William Hammond: Army Historian Chronicled Troubled Relationship Between the Military and Media

From a Washington Post obit by Michael S. Rosenwald headlined “William Hammond, Army historian of Vietnam war, dies at 79”:

William M. Hammond, an official Army historian who challenged the belief among some in the military brass that negative press coverage of the Vietnam War — not flawed policy and rising casualty rates — eroded public support for the conflict, died in Silver Spring, Md.

During a 39-year career as an official historian for the Army, Mr. Hammond published several major reports, but it was his two-volume, 1,000-plus-page study of the military’s relationship with the media — later synthesized in the 1998 book “Reporting Vietnam: Media and Military at War” — that won him acclaim.