Wallace and Westmoreland

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

David Blum, editor of Kindle Singles at Amazon, adjunct professor at Columbia School of Journalism, and author of TICK...TICK...TICK...The Long Life and Turbulent Times of 60 Minutes, talks about the Westmoreland v. CBS case, its affect on Mike Wallace, and history's verdict on the accusations.


David Blum

Comments [7]

Here's the actual video clip.

Apr. 11 2012 11:51 AM

I saw this program when it was originally aired.
It forever tinged my view of Mr. Wallace.

" . . . Ogletree pushed Wallace. Didn't Jennings have some higher duty to do something other than just roll film as soldiers from his own country were being shot?

"No," Wallace said flatly and immediately. "You don't have a higher duty. No. No. You're a reporter!" . . ."

Hopefully, Wallace had the opportunity to correct his opinion before he died.

Apr. 11 2012 11:48 AM
bernadette from park slope

re the audio clip'tup to bernie from brooklyn---is it really that bad?

Apr. 10 2012 12:38 PM
Judy from Brooklyn

Those who say that journalists like Mike Wallace and his 60 Minutes program don't exist today should listen to Ira Glass's This American Life. Not every episode, of course, but ones like "Take the Money and Run for Office" and "When Patents attack". I wish those programs could be on prime time TV!

Apr. 10 2012 12:13 PM
bernie from bklyn

why do the production people on the BL show seem to blow it every time brian wants to play an audio clip? it happens quite often. come on guys, get your sh*! together.

Apr. 10 2012 12:00 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Wallace was already controversial in the mid 1950s in his aggressive muck raking and news manufacturing. He was definitely a leader, but a lot of what he aggressively uncovered was correct, but a lot wasn't.

I remember as a kid when he went after the scary comic books industry of the era, which was corrupting us at an early age :) Some of those horror comic books of that were pretty wild and daring for those times. Maybe he was right?

Apr. 10 2012 11:58 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

Apparently, Wallace was guilty of violating a military-media pact -- the same one that took us to Iraq.

Apr. 10 2012 11:53 AM

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