Rather on Halberstam

Dan Rather and David Halberstam were journalistic contemporaries who both made names for themselves covering Vietnam. Rather, reporting for CBS News, was there after Halberstam, who had covered the story for the New York Times. I caught Rather, now reporting for HDNet, prior to John McCain’s presidential announcement in Portsmouth yesterday. (Whatever you think of Rather, the sight of the trenchcoat-clad Rather amidst the motley crew of reporters covering McCain, elevated the entitre event.)

Here’s what Rather had to say about Halberstam. “A case can be made that Halberstam was the best reporter of his generation,” Rather said going on to talk about the same quality I noted in my piece about him, his quality as a person. “What is underestimated about David was his generosity,” Rather said. “His generosity to young people was remarkable, and it was ironically the same thing that tragically lead to his death.”

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