"Good lord, if people had asked tough questions … let me be blunt, David — if people had asked the right questions about Vietnam, my good friend wouldn’t be dead. So I feel pretty strongly about this stuff.

But that doesn’t mean, even then, that you have to crucify people; let’s get the information out. Ultimately, I think it becomes self-defeating if people are convinced you’re out there to score points. They’re going to dismiss the information you do want covered because, well, he’s loaded the dice, and more likely to dismiss what you have found out. So then you end up with these two camps yelling at each other.”

- David Brauer’s interview with Gary Eichten (whose last Midday show was broadcast on MPR today) is a nice balance of the man’s views on journalism and personal professional history.