Once upon a time, television news shows weren’t roundtables of pundits from both extreme ends of the political spectrum brought together to argue over each other and try to score points for their party.
But that old-school television journalism has been slowly dying off, and the passage of Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes” fame is just another reminder. CBS’s president writes, “His extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence. His loss will be felt by all of us at CBS.”
His closest colleagues had nothing but praise and admiration. Co-anchor Morely Safer said, “For half a century, he took on corrupt politicians, scam artists and bureaucratic bumblers. His visits were preceded by the four dreaded words: Mike Wallace is here. Wallace took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. He characterized himself as ‘nosy and insistent.’” And Dan Rather called him “the heart and soul of ’60 Minutes.’” “He helped change American television news…Among the ways that this change was for the better: TV news became more investigative, more aggressive and relevant.”
Wallace was a journalist with over half a century of experience under his belt, including his decades on the iconic news show. He died at the age of 93.
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