James Bowman has a terrific piece on journalist David Halberstam and journalism. Jim quotes Richard Holbrooke (still a possible secretary of state in a Democratic administration) on Halberstam’s making it “romantic” to write that U.S. military men were lying to the public. Jim asks:

“And if the romantic prize is now awarded to those who tell tales of war’s evils, why should we not suppose that the supply of those evils will rise to meet the journalistic demand, just as the supply of heroes rose when the demand was for tales of heroism?”