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Cbs News Journalist And Retired Star Anchor Of "60 Minutes Mike Wallace Has Died

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Mike Wallace a game show host and tobacco pitchman who went on to personify the hard-nosed and often skeptical journalism of CBS's "60 Minutes," died Sunday after a long illness. He was 93.

“Without Mike and his iconic style, there probably wouldn’t be a ’60 minutes’,” said CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager. “There simply hasn’t been another broadcast journalist with that much talent.”

He said CBS will devote next Sunday’s “60 Minutes” to a special program on Wallace.

Wallace built his reputation through sometimes contentious interviews with major and often controversial public figures like Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Muammar Quaddafii, Richard Nixon, Ayotollah Khomeini, Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Gen. Manuel Noriega and Gen. William Westmoreland.

Occasionally he became part of the controversy. In 1985 Westmoreland sued CBS News after Wallace interviewed him for a special that alleged the military falsified body counts during the Vietnam War. The case was settled during the trial when CBS apologized.

Wallace later said that lawsuit sent him into clinical depression. But he did not back away from the blunt verbal sparring that helped establish the no-nonsense reputation of "60 Minutes," where he and Harry Reasoner were the original coanchors on Sept. 24, 1968

 

 

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He just seemed like one of those people that live forever ya know?

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Kiddies in case you never heard of Mike Wallace lets say in no short term he the Godfather of the NO "BS" Interviewer. It would take all day to list many of his great and often controversial interviews so i list a quick couple.

 

 

 

1)Macolm X (one of his last TV interviews before his murder)

 

2)In one of his last major interviews w/ 60 Minutes, Bill O' Riley calls Wallace one of his influences in the media.

 

 

 

So RIP Mike Wallace. One of the last Giants in America's golden age of TV news is now gone

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