Legendary 60 Minutes newsman Mike Wallace has passed away at the age of 93-years-old. May he rest in peace.
The founding host of the show who hosted the show for almost a half a century, retired from the show in 2006. He passed away after a long illness in his New Haven, Connecticut home — surrounded by family.
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In an essay for CBS, 60 Minutes colleague Morely Safer wrote that Wallace “took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. He characterized himself as ‘nosy and insistent.’ ”
“So insistent, there were very few 20th century icons who didn’t submit to a Mike Wallace interview. He lectured Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, on corruption. He lectured Yassir Arafat on violence,” wrote Safer.
Wallace – who traveled alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and also interviewed Malcolm X during his illustrious career – retired in 2006, but occasionally returned to the show to interview high-profile subjects like Mitt Romney, Jack Kevorkian and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
He told reporters late in his life that if he could write his own epigraph, it would read, “Tough But Fair.”
Rest in peace, Mike. He was tough, but fair.