WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) – CBS will sponsor an upcoming exhibit about the Vietnam war at the Newseum in Washington to honor “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon and his five decades of war reporting.
“Reporting Vietnam” will open May 22 at the museum, recalling how journalists reported the war in the television era. The exhibit announced Thursday will feature Simon, Walter Cronkite and others. Curators say it will pose the question: “Did the press lose the war?”
Simon was one of the last journalists to leave Vietnam following the fall of Saigon in 1975. He reported on conflicts worldwide. Simon died Feb. 11 after a nearly 50-year career at CBS.
Simon, 73, was in the back seat of a Lincoln Town Car livery cab that lost control as it headed south on the highway. The driver struck a black 2003 Mercedes Benz that was stopped at a red light at 30th Street, and then struck the stanchions that separate northbound and southbound traffic on the highway, police said.
In a statement, CBS News President David Rhodes says Simon’s reporting from Vietnam in the 1970s cemented his role as the pre-eminent war correspondent.
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