Morley Safer told this story back in 1966!
December 17th, 2013 8:29 AM
Has Morley Safer Ever Told John Miller This Story?: “Look, If You Think Any American Official Is Going to Tell You the Truth, Then You’re Stupid”
By Jon Schwarz
Everyone who watched John Miller’s 60 Minutes segment on the NSA should follow it up with this story involving Morley Safer—who, at 82 years old, is still a correspondent at 60 Minutes:
In August, 1965 Safer appeared in what became one of most famous TV segments of the Vietnam War, showing U.S. troops setting fire to all the huts in a Vietnamese village with Zippo lighters and flamethrowers.
A year later in 1966, Safer wrote an article about what he’d seen firsthand during a visit to Vietnam by Arthur Sylvester, then Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (i.e., the head of Pentagon PR). Sylvester met with reporters for U.S. news outlets at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon: