Thursday, April 12, 2012

Remembering Mike Wallace

Veteran broadcast journalist Mike Wallace played an important role during the fight for the confirmation of Judge Charles W. Pickering, Sr. to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. His interview and segment on 60 Minutes changed a lot of minds and in the words of one journalist, gave Pickering his reputation back.

Pickering recounted the interview and the aftermath in a full chapter in "A Price Too High."

As many mourn the passing of Wallace, here are a few words Pickering used to describe the dean of television interviewers:

Mike Wallace pours color and energy into the room: simultaneously salty and respectful, boisterous and demur, rowdy and relaxed, cosmopolitan and earthy, questioning and knowing - the twinkle in his eyes says there is a wonderful joke in the world all around us, and he is about to deliver the punch line.
Here is a column on the Wallace interview of and segment on Pickering and you can view some pictures of the interview here.

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