CBS iconic newsman Mike Wallace passed away over the weekend at 93.  Wallace interviewed everyone from Malcolm X to Martin  Luther King Jr. to Ayatollah Khomeini on 60 minutes.  He was well-known for ambush investigative reporting before it became watered down by bad reporters.  He retired in  2008.

From CBS news.

“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,’ said Jeff Fager, chairman CBS News and executive producer of “60 Minutes.”

“Wallace didn’t just interview people,” wrote Bauder on Sunday. “He interrogated them. He cross-examined them. Sometimes he eviscerated them. His weapons were many: thorough research, a cocked eyebrow, a skeptical “Come on” and a question so direct sometimes it took your breath away.”

“He loved it,” Fager said Sunday. “He loved that part of Mike Wallace. He loved being Mike Wallace. He loved the fact that if he showed up for an interview, it made people nervous. … He knew, and he knew that everybody else knew, that he was going to get to the truth. And that’s what motivated him.”  Read more.

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