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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Journalist Mike Wallace Dies

A famous TV journalist, Mike Wallace has died, CBS News announced on Sunday.

He was 93. Wallace died on Saturday night in a long-term care center in New Haven, Connecticut. He was surrounded by family.

Wallace had been ill for years. Bob Scheiffer revealed the circumstances of his death on "Face the Nation," after Charles Osgood first announced that he had passed on "CBS News Sunday Morning."

Wallace was one of the original hosts and correspondents of "60 Minutes." He was a trailblazer, known for confronting his subjects and originating the newsmagazine format. He was also known for taking sides on issues, deciding who would be cast in a good and bad light. This activist style became standard on "60 Minutes", and in many ways, standard for television news.

Wallace was also the journalist who did an attack piece on Christians selling anti-Vatican books and comics at a Christian convention. His assistant called Chick Publications in an attempt to interview Jack Chick, but Chick refused the interview (as he does all journalist's requests.)

The famously aggressive Wallace came down hard on the likes of Barbra Streisand, Vladimir Putin and Louis Farrakhan during his four-decades long tenure at the show. He joined "60 Minutes" at its inception in 1968, and retired at the age of 88 in 2006. He continued to do occasional interviews until 2008.

On Sunday, Schieffer and Morley Safer paid tribute to Wallace on "Face the Nation." The show opened with a memorial piece about their colleague, in which Safer recalled Wallace's defiant spirit.

"There will never be another one quite like him," said Schieffer, who teared up when he introduced the segment. He called Wallace a "mentor," and recalled that he "even gave [him] a compliment, once."

See Chick's THE TRIAL.

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