Mike Wallace Passes Away At 93
A legend passes:
CBS News legend Mike Wallace, the “60 Minutes” pit-bull reporter whose probing, brazen style made his name synonymous with the tough interview – a style he practically invented for television more than half a century ago – died last night. He was 93 and passed peacefully surrounded by family members at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Conn., where he spent the past few years. He also had a home in Manhattan.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we mark the passing of Mike Wallace. 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,” said Leslie Moonves, president and CEO, CBS Corporation.
“All of us at CBS News and particularly at ’60 Minutes’ owe so much to Mike. Without him and his iconic style, there probably wouldn’t be a ’60 Minutes.’ There simply hasn’t been another broadcast journalist with that much talent. It almost didn’t matter what stories he was covering, you just wanted to hear what he would ask next. Around CBS he was the same infectious, funny and ferocious person as he was on TV. We loved him and we will miss him very much,” said Jeff Fager, chairman CBS News and executive producer of “60 Minutes.”
A special program dedicated to Wallace will be broadcast on “60 Minutes” next Sunday, April 15.
Yes, he was a lefty. Yes, he could be incredibly biased. He was still a human being, and in large part his interview style made 60 Minutes what it was and is. That style has now been picked up by people like Bill O’Reilly, who just won’t let an interviewee off the hook for an answer to a tough question.
If you’re anywhere near my age, you grew up watching 60 Minutes on Sunday nights (this is back when you had the 3 big networks, PBS, and if you were lucky one or two independent stations that showed good syndicated after-school cartoons). And for many of us, I dare say, when someone says “60 Minutes,” Mike Wallace is one of the first people that come to your mind.
Prayers going up for him and his family.