Mike Wallace – 60 Minutes Icon

The old gang at 60 minutes is rapidly passing away. 60 Minutes was a “must see” in my household for may years, with Ed Bradley, Mike Wallace, and Harry Reasoner, and yeah – even Art Buchwald…

60 Minutes icon Mike Wallace dies at 93

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 CBSNews and executive producer of 60 Minutes.

A special program dedicated to Wallace will be broadcast on 60 Minutes next Sunday, April 15.

Wallace was as famous as the leaders, newsmakers and celebrities who suffered his blistering interrogations, winning awards and a reputation for digging out the hidden truth on Sunday nights in front of an audience that approached 40 million at broadcast television’s peak.

Wallace played a huge role in 60 Minutes’ rise to the top of the ratings to become the number-one program of all time, with an unprecedented 23 seasons on the Nielsen annual top 10 list — five as the number-one program.

He announced he would step down to become a “correspondent emeritus” in the spring of 2006, but Wallace continued to land big interviews for 60 Minutes. His last appearance on television, on January 6, 2008, was a sit-down on 60 Minutes with accused steroid user Roger Clemens that made front-page news. His August 2006 interview of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won him his 21st Emmy at the age of 89. He was also granted the first post-prison interview with assisted suicide advocate-and convicted killer Dr. Jack Kevorkian for a June 2007 60 Minutes broadcast. After a successful triple bypass operation in late January 2008, he retired from public life.

Andy Rooney

Anyone who was ever a 60 Minutes fan knows the wit of Andy Rooney. For decades Andy’s 3 minutes at the end of the show alternately amused and pissed off his listeners with wit, a sense of the absurd, and his ordinary guy persona.

CBS commentator Andy Rooney dies at 92

 Legendary CBS News commentator Andy Rooney, known to millions for his witty essays on mundane topics, died Friday night in New York. He was 92.

He had been hospitalized after suffering complications following minor surgery last month.

“It’s a sad day at ’60 Minutes’ and for everybody here at CBS News,” said Jeff Fager, chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of ’60 Minutes.’ “It’s hard to imagine not having Andy around. He loved his life and he lived it on his own terms. We will miss him very much.”

Rooney made his last regular weekly appearance on “60 Minutes” on Oct. 2. A few weeks later, CBS announced he was in a hospital.

Rooney’s colleague and longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer told CNN Saturday that Rooney worked to the very end and that he would not have wanted it any other way.

“That’s the way to go,” Safer said. “The only thing better than three weeks would have been three minutes.”

Correspondent Steve Kroft reflected on the length of Rooney’s storied career.

“What a life: ninety-two years of doing what you love to do while engaging and entertaining millions and millions of people,” he said.

And Lesley Stahl, also Rooney’s colleague on the show, called him “our poet laureate.”

“He was the Oracle of West 57th Street, an everyman if everyman wrote like a dream,” she said. “He was the most popular member of our team, loved by the audience, and far more loved by all of us than he knew.”

Rooney got his start in journalism as a writer in the Army and went on to spend nearly six decades at CBS, half behind the camera as a writer and producer and then as an on-air commentator in 1978 when he joined “60 Minutes.” His commentaries earned him the title King of Grouch.

On looking for a job, he said: “We need people who can actually do things. We have too many bosses and too few workers. More college graduates ought to become plumbers or electricians, then go home at night and read Shakespeare.”

60 Minutes: Revelations from the New 2008 Campaign Book ‘Game Change’

This is why the conservative noise machine is so busy attacking Reid’s comments.This one eviscerates the Sno’ Ho’ -

Obama on 60 Minutes: The Full Video

President Obama on 60 Minutes. Notice that while President Obama is charming as always – he is direct and taking no prisoners. I believe the virulence and racism of his detractors has grown old with him. He plainly states he is tired of trivialization by the press and unfair criticism.

I think we are seeing a new President Obama, who is comfortable in his role as President – and isn’t going to be taking any prisoners anymore in dealing with the .

more about “Obama on 60 Minutes: The Full Video“, posted with vodpod

Italian Leader Silvio Berlusconi Attacked

You think our Secret Service is in trouble for the Party Crashers at the State Dinner…

Italian Leader Attacked at Rally

An attacker hurled a statuette at Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, striking the leader in the face at the end of a rally on Sunday and leaving the stunned 73-year-old media mogul with a bloodied mouth, police said.

The 42-year-old man accused of attacking Berlusconi in Milan as he signed autographs was immediately taken into custody. The Italian leader was rushed to a hospital where he was being held overnight.

TV showed the stunned Berlusconi with blood under his nose, on his mouth and under one eye as he was lifted to his feet by aides after the attack. The leader was hustled into the back of a car, but he immediately got out, apparently to show he was not badly injured.

But Berlusconi suffered a “small fracture” of the nose, two broken teeth and an injury to the inside and outside of his lip, said Paolo Klun, chief spokesman for Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital.

“He wanted to go home right away, but he is being held as a precaution” for overnight observation, Klun said. The premier suffered “a significant bruising trauma from this blunt instrument that was hurled at him.”

Police first said it appeared the assailant had punched Berlusconi in the face while clutching a souvenir statue of Milan’s Duomo, or gargoyled cathedral, which symbolizes the city. But state TV later showed a video, somewhat blurry, of what appeared to be the attacker’s hand coming close to Berlusconi’s face while holding the statue, then letting go of the object at the last minute as it hit the premier’s face.

Yeah – they got crazy people over there, too.

In any event, in an interview with 60 Minutes, President Obama let’s his feelings be known about the breakdown in security -

And the Winner Is…

Speaking of Polls – the December edition of the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll is out with some surprising, and not so surprising results -

18% of the polled Americans believe that Obama’s likeness should be added to Mt. Rushmore – a bit surprise considering Obama hasn’t been President for a year yet.

Least surprising is that Drugbo (AKA Rush Limbaugh) is seen as the most important conservative figure in America…

Pretty freaking sad when a self described comedian is the top conservative in the whole country.

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