As a former reporter, I dig what he had to say, as noted in Lisa Leff's AP story:
Halberstam told journalists during a conference last year in Tennessee that government criticism of news reporters in Iraq reminded him of the way he was treated while covering the war in Vietnam.
"The crueler the war gets, the crueler the attacks get on anybody who doesn't salute or play the game," he said. "And then one day, the people who are doing the attacking look around and they've used up their credibility."
Same things happen when you go against the grain in general, as I note to Nashua Lieutenant/Prosecutor Tim Goulden in KingCast video "Day in Nashua," when I say "You rub the system the wrong way, Tim and they're gonna getcha.... they're gonna' gitcha!"
As to what Writer Halberstam said: Remember from this post with video (Love the NOFX "Idiot son of an ***hole" cut) that we do have a War President.
Related post: The George Plimpton Profiterole encounter.