The first big story I noticed when I was out of town last week was the death of CBS News’ 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace at the age of 93. He was one of those old-fashioned hard-nosed reporters who irked politicians, the powerful, and occasionally his own network with his investigative television journalism from the show’s debut in 1968 until his retirement in 2006, and even to his 2008 piece on Roger Clemens. Here is the New York Times obit, and his story in The National Memo. His interviews with the Ayatollah Khomeni, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, and cigarette company insider Jeffrey Wigand, among many others, were legendary.
One of the trademarks in 60 Minutes reporting, used by him, but not exclusively, was the use Continue reading “Gotcha journalism”