The list of living legends in the world of broadcast journalism just became smaller yet again this weekend, as we lost one of the most brilliant interviewers ever to grace the television medium — Mike Wallace. Best known for his work on “60 Minutes,” Wallace was a man who took no prisoners when it came to holding people accountable, and he would often go the extra mile (even to the anguish of his subjects) when it came to trying to unearth the truth.
There is much we could say about Wallace’s 37-year career on the news magazine, his other work with CBS, and the fact that he interviewed everyone from Mitt Romney to Elanor Roosevelt — however, the video below may be a more fitting tribute than anything we could say. It offers up a full look at the journalist’s career, from growing up before the age of television even began to finding his footage in the 1950s, becoming so famous that he even spoofed himself with the help of Jack Benny.
To this day, there are few around who choose to be so daring or so confrontation when it comes to their line of questioning, especially as we are now more than ever in the age of spin and of mass media — where a celebrity can simply “ban” one news organization simply for asking them some tough questions. Mike Wallace would not have stood for that, and in the 1960s onward to the days of cable and the internet, he was the most trusted source for answers out there on television.
Wallace will be missed, and thoughts go out to his family as well as all who idolized his work.