So Long, Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace, 93, passed away last night.
Wallace was the most direct, hardest hitting and most “right on!” journalist who ever lived. The genius of his irreverent approach to interviews was that he could go to the very edge of impropriety, dance with it, yet never cross the line.
His career on TV spanned 65 years. It covered everything from TV product commercials to variety shows, to game shows to the invention of the television news magazine.
Wallace is one of the great investigative journalists of all time.
Together, each Sunday with Wallace, all Americans got the strait scoop on the powerful, the famous and the corrupt strait from their own mouths. Wallace asked every important question we wanted answered and many we did not even know we wanted to ask. No one has ever done it better.
Sometimes the conversations were with people we did not even know we wanted to know more about until after a Mike Wallace interview.
In all the years I watched him I never once thought he was biased in any way, shape or form. I never even wondered about his politics. I don’t now.
Today, when I look around, I can’t hardly find any so-called “news” people who aren’t politically biased. It shows in every interview. I have to have built-in bias filters working triple overtime to separate the wheat from the chaff coming out of their mouths.
Seekers of unfiltered, unvarnished truth lost a friend last night.
So long, Mike Wallace… you will be sorely missed.