' I will always remember 1968 as the year that the television truly invaded my home. It happened by accident, this addiction we all developed, like most of the addictions of the day. Shortly after we returned from New Haven, the day before classes resumed at U.C.L.A. I turned on the TV and I was shocked by what I saw and the words I heard. U.S. forces in Vietnam had launched an operation to locate enemy units around the marine base at Khe Sanh. The anchorman was predicting that this was going to turn into a battle the likes of which no one had seen in Vietnam. I gave a silent thanks to anyone listening that Eric had come home before any of it began. In all of my years covering Vietnam for the paper I had never spent much time watching the television reports on it. I should have stuck with that. Right after the announcement about this operation they went to a story involving Dr. Benjamin Spock, Reverend William Coffin of Yale and three others being indicted for conspiracy to violate draft law. And on and on it went with the current events to the point that my mind was racing.'
1968 was a year that will probably forever be remembered for all of the violence that took place inside those 12 months. Many newsworthy things occurred that year and it seemed fitting to have Liz develop a bit of an addiction to the news. What better place to start that addiction than with the Battle of Khe Sanh?
An article about the battle from http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/vietnamwar/p/khesanh.htm