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Some sadness tell you about on this Sunday morning Mike Wallace has died -- CBS newsman who spent so many years.
And decades at sixty minutes with his incredible interviews a newsman newsman.
CBS news reporting this morning that he died last night.
At the age of 93 a retired back in 2006.
And of course what.
An amazing person he was on the phone now is Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume.
Who of course -- Mike Wallace said -- Good morning your thoughts on the sad news that one of the trend setters really of our business has passed away.
Well first of all my heart goes -- prince's son and our colleague -- fox.
And the rest of the family.
And I would say this about Mike Wallace he had -- what I consider to be the indispensable ingredient.
For being paid superiors newsman.
For a long time and that is he never lost his enthusiasm.
You know you'd think he'd seen everything he's done everything he'd been everywhere and you know you retired very late -- because he still had the magic ingredient.
He still -- -- interest and he's still had a passion for the things he covered and that's an example.
And a qualification that all of us should to aspire to.
Yeah I was watching -- interview -- them -- -- last week and he was at the time he was 88 years old.
And said can you imagine what type of life he couldn't think of something more amazing than -- gift.
Of television journalists and to have the experience -- meet the people only mad and see what he saw through those years.
They had you know I had a batting and and it embodied increases well he had this authority abetting.
That -- you listen to it.
But you sensed.
When you're watching him do an interview -- a news report how existed he was in the subject at hand.
And it was -- infectious.
So that when he was talking you -- -- you can take your eyes off.
We are -- must also say that well the young journalist starting.
Wrote a book.
Amended many years ago -- for you board and and no one was kinda -- Mike Wallace that he didn't do that I -- just a young kid you know just get started.
He was exceedingly kind to me had -- -- on his radio show and he did it very generous and everywhere demand are forgotten.
But but he was a good guy.
You know it started you talk about being good guy he was the host of night -- which was on channel five in New York in the Dumont network and talk about being a good guy and he was tough.
And he would go in with cameras rolling at those places they said the worst four words in English language is Mike Wallace is here you know to see you.
It was confrontational.
Aggressively at the same time Brett.
You know we didn't really have a cruel bone in his body.
When he would have these fantastic interviews that there was -- mean yes.
I mean spiritedness went in knowing what they didn't that's right and I think that's.
And it's important television because anger and -- -- Orwell on television and a little to do confrontation interviews he was able to chase people down alleys and do all of that.
But without coming across as sort of you know respect Asia bear -- -- -- -- that about it he was that he was it was -- You know break.
What you said really strikes me too this is Jamie I had the privilege of working wind.
Mike at CBS I was on the CBS evening news weekend and he did take the time with young journalist.
And he had such an amazing balance of that toughness but being fair in interviews how difficult do you think that was particularly in the earlier years.
Well -- hard to know but.
-- -- use.
They had a long career and one of the longest when you think about it and I always thought he could have done anything from our study could have been.
They could've been anchored the CBS evening news even during the Cronkite -- they needed to step -- he could have done it would have been fun they would have dumped on with -- Is there an interview that sticks out in your mind because he can you hear of any -- many accidents and also some controversial figures like doctor Jack Kevorkian and Jose Canseco are.
Remember you know he did a tremendous interview once -- with bloody -- Horowitz.
You know patent and he was that was an amazing you know I didn't know -- was.
You know had this knowledge of music -- -- -- you know you had a broad range of interest.
And the huge asset to him -- you -- interview almost anybody.
You know Brady said that that you mention that Vladimir Horowitz and review and the in the interview that's on YouTube and I would urgent wanna watch -- I had.
I watch a last week.
He said that was his favorite interview can you imagine -- -- when they sat down with.
And he became in it was tough in the Reagan's pick but became fast friends -- Nancy Reagan that the of Vladimir Horowitz interview was his favorite.
Well integrated -- and it was just -- but really compelling and I was on sixty minutes is our call and the price interest sixty minutes is looking for mass audience right so you get this this musician.
That there are other audience might not administered in order wouldn't -- -- beautiful little man at the time -- kind of -- looking and his old days.
But Mike you know was so obviously enthusiastic about a minute kind of made Zhou is a viewer if you wanted to get -- him because Michael -- Yeah and the Alec -- it could -- Tola convening interview he's sitting on the floor with the Iran that grand leader.
And he as is confrontational with him and says excuse me mom.
Not my words and he and he puts his hand to his chest during the interview and he quotes someone I think he's quoting.
Egyptian president Sadat saying not my words but the person is quoting is basically -- you insane it -- man -- We've proven that that's right a mad man.
And a right to come -- face.
-- seem to be few who could and it can get away with that without seeming cruel at the same time he has such a -- that he.
Showed his feelings that he was quoting someone else is that an art of interviewing that Mike Wallace and well I don't summarize it may have may have disappeared some.
Well America always have music -- -- -- gonna make some sharp point it's going to be in the neutral observer a neutral interviewer.
To attributed to someone else obviously accurately.
If you wanna put the hard questions something like the current atmosphere like that -- -- -- was that guy.
That he was going to be -- remarkable -- got the interview in the first place of the -- or go to that story haven't.
Yeah I yeah I mean he not awesome the William Westmoreland situation that is that with the can you relate that.
And dealing with the Vietnam War and some of the allegations and haven't had a libel trial here in New York City and he later on discussed how that was frankly.
Plunged him into -- situation depression.
Well he had a long -- he had a long struggle with depression.
And he was very can't open and candid about discussing that in that case you know there was mauling case.
-- -- most celebrated.
Suits -- of its kind.
And the producer of that -- that certain that a segment on Westmoreland.
Stewart's trial and if you're probably still around about -- -- As in so many case of -- magazine.
TV magazine stories of producers currently operating force behind it and you project.
And the journalist like Mike would clearly they do interviews forward and participate -- -- but.
You know the core of the work is done by our producer and whom he obviously the repose trust.
As it turned -- that -- was story was.
They're all kind of problems with a very serious problem -- and then my government he suffered enormously because that.
And plunged -- I suppose contributed to plugging into.
The depression and then later he was kind of became a kind of a spokesman for the cause of fighting depression.
And and you know I've never known -- -- batting but takes courage to do that and he deserves credit for that.
And -- can you talk a bit about someone who has -- on air personality it yet you say he was a good guy.
And how he became friends -- Nancy Reagan very close at what is.
In Germany yeah yeah tell me about that -- someone.
I determined guy Maine and I know when I first met him as a young reporter it was so nice to me.
Used -- was any any news briefing alien being there's something about me and -- mention make this -- I think people interested in your charming -- it's just the nature.
So we he was -- -- kind of a captivating person out -- -- -- very well wildest conventions.
Reagan was sitting in a box and -- -- is all over -- says Nancy Reagan.
You know you just been the most familiar way and yet it wasn't disrespectful -- liberal fresh.
It was just engaging and you know she was obviously charmed by him as well honey get a business interview and and you know it was Mike's charm that -- them.
Do and we're at the list goes on -- on of those who Mike Wallace pose questions to always so prepared on his interviews like no one I've ever seen.
And he got folks to answer in an -- up forceful way when he would ask a question that might be disturbing they opened up.
What do you think the secret was to that -- -- People open up to people they feel comfortable -- And he had this remarkable ability.
To present you with was that was the question in my at least one answer.
Which you Phillip you're gonna -- -- entertain him.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Have no sang amazing our hearts go out to the family and then send our love to Chris says well and and mrs.
Wallace thank you so much are they are -- -- today both.
It's so tough to even talk about but we have so many memories thank you.
Okay thank you -- -- thank you so much of course our sympathies to Chris Wallace and his family and the Wallace family.
On this sad morning for them for all of us been broadcast news and journalism of this -- so much.
Let's take a look back at the current life of my office.
It was called the toughest.
And most feared interviewer on television are like -- Myron Leon Wallace was born on May ninth 1918.
In Brookline Massachusetts.
He was one of four children -- frank and Xena and high school Wallace was heavily involved -- extracurricular activities including public speaking.
And the school newspaper.
He attended college at the University of Michigan and planned to be an English teacher but he was bitten by the broadcasting bug.
And my -- Wallace's first break -- -- was a show called night beat he grilled newsmakers and -- controversial and direct style was ahead.
He joined CBS in 1951.
But left after a few years to most other TV shows.
In 1963 he was back at CBS news as a special correspondent.
Five years later he was one of the founding members of sixty minutes which made its debut with co editor Wallace interviewing then attorney general Ramsey Clark.
Beyond newsmakers he covered stories ranging from heroin addiction draft evasion biological warfare -- that Kent State shooting.
For the first time US law enforcement -- Ohio law enforcement in this case.
Killed somebody on a college campus killed four.
Wounded -- That is when suddenly.
Suddenly the Nixon administration.
John -- Spiro Agnew.
Had to establish a climate.
But calling people.
Less than patriotic.
Wallace was also known for -- ambush interviews.
Everybody's battling like cockroaches around here.
I don't understand his legacy includes an interview with Malcolm Macs are you not perhaps.
Afraid of what might happen to you as a result of making these revelations oh yes I probably -- -- -- -- Allred Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
In our studios in Chicago of Dr.
Martin Luther King former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
chairman of Palestinians who would like -- you maybe they are opposing me.
But not -- -- me a groundbreaking interview with the man known as doctor death.
There's something almost ghoulish in your desire to see the deed done that it appears that way -- you I can't criticize you for that and there's one on one would then Chinese president.
-- -- For a -- and this even years ago or fathers proposals he's content and did you vision.
There's other interviews read like a who's who of newsmakers.
You must be good to me.
I'm gonna be good if you want why would be otherwise he would love to control.
This piece actually move my head and kept it -- A current I don't trust him national pastimes Jews -- there it has.
Throughout his career Wallace occasionally found himself to be the story.
A documentary narrated on general William Westmoreland led to -- 120 million dollar libel suit.
Westmoreland -- Wallace and others at CBS producing a report that was slanted and untrue.
The case was settled out of court later Wallace made his battle with depression public he said he suffered because of that lawsuit.
Always unafraid of controversy in the 1990s he took on the tobacco industry and eventually his own network.
They just did not want this -- to go on the air because they were in the middle of negotiations with the Westinghouse.
It sells CBS.
And resting -- would not -- -- -- CBS if it could conceivably be buying at the same time attend a fifteen billion dollar lawsuit.
Even in his eighties he kept up a full schedule that was married for 28 years to a woman who fed me nuts and raisins and occasional fish.
And we lived in that town house in.
New York city's five stories so up and down those two anytime today.
In 2005 fox -- Sunday host Chris Wallace sat down with his father on his program.
And you don't retire because.
Because I love.
It is it is not work when I do I love what I do when I get up in the morning and I think I am going to have the opportunity to.
I wasn't that happy about waking -- this tonight about the same way they have that the path if it.
But in 2006.
Wallace did retire as a full time correspondent.
And continue to contribute until finally hanging up his microphone.
After almost sixty years the unmistakable voice of Mike Wallace was not on the air.
But his great reproach and done -- style.
Marked him as a journalistic legend who has inspired generations of -- men and women and his crusading manner we'll always be remembered.
And despite his controversial style he was loved by many of the newsmakers.
He would cursor --
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