In Media Memoriam 2009
In the 1990s, a woman reportedly accused Don Hewitt, who died in 2009, of multiple assaults. Her case came to light amid the investigation of Les Moonves.
Benjamin Netanyahu has backed away from his claim that it was a Palestinian leader, rather than Hitler, who came up with the idea of exterminating the Jews. But Netanyahu's historical chutzpah has always been breathtaking, as I learned years ago when reporting on Israel for 60 Minutes.
The Williams' flurry is just the tip of a much greater scandal: the charade of the glamorous, all-seeing Super Anchor who ranges the planet in search of scandal, outrage and spectacle. It's a colossal fake, a travesty--put over on an audience that desperately wants to believe in the sham. But, hey folks--the Emperor has no clothes.
I used to sneer at Don Hewitt's need for detectives to substantiate his reporters' stories. Now I guess I have to give him credit.
About Mike, I have only one more tale to tell, and it happened by pure coincidence. Mike Wallace was always a ladies man.
His hard-hitting approach to investigative journalism and take-no-prisoners interviewing style helped define the program in its early years. And Mike conducted his interviews, legends, movie stars and crooks, with the same intensity. He would say, "I'm just nosy."
Despite that I truly like and admire Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill independent of this show, I think someone behind the scenes is going to have to try quite a bit harder.