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Truth over Acquiescence: How Journalists Set the Standards of an Independent Press during the Vietnam War

In 1963, the New York Times Saigon correspondent, 28-year-old David Halberstam who was covering the Vietnam War, sent a strongly-worded cable to his editor in New York, “GERSTANZANG IF YOU SEND ME ONE MORE CABLE REFERRING TO THAT WOMANS COPY YOU WILL HAVE MY RESIGNATION FORTHWITH BY RETURN CABLE AND I MEAN IT REPEAT MEAN IT HALBERSTAM.” 998 more words

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“I Have No Idea What the Mission for General Westmoreland Was” Matthew Ridgway and the Questions We Need to Ask About Today’s Wars

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Tonight is one of those nights where I want to write about a number of topics but cannot really figure out which one to do a deep dive into, so I will post a thought from David Halberstam’s great book… 706 more words

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Quote o' the Day (Name That President Edition)

During our post-prandial reading last night, the hardworking staff came across this passage:

He put, aides noticed, more more concentration into watching the news than into almost anything else, you could watch with him but you could not talk.

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David Halberstam Quote

MEMORY IS OFTEN LESS ABOUT THE TRUTH THAN ABOUT WHAT WE WANT IT TO BE.

— DAVID HALBERSTAM

Halberstam: Ho's happy hagiographer

One last foray into the career of writer and journalist David Halberstam (1934-2007), who on his death, as we’ve noted, was the subject of breathtaking paeans throughout America’s mainstream media. 586 more words

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Halberstam: misrepresenting the Fifties

This week we’re according long-overdue attention to the handful of sane voices that rose in dissent against the almost universal (and thoroughly nauseating and reality-challenged) reverence, in American establishment circles, for the supposed lifetime of accomplishments by journalist and historian David Halberstam, that manifested itself upon his death in 2007. 639 more words

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Three stooges: Halberstam, Sheehan, Karnow

Yesterday we saw how the widely feted journalist and historian David Halberstam (1934-2007) helped inspire the assassination of South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem, whom he viewed – incorrectly, as it turned out – as a hindrance to the South’s war effort. 444 more words

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