It's a sad day for the world of television news. Yesterday, CBS announced that legendary correspondent Mike Wallace had passed away on Saturday night, surrounded by his family at the care facility he had spent the last few years in due to failing health.
Wallace's television career spanned over 60 years, but he was best known for his contributions to the venerable CBS program 60 Minutes. Wallace served on the original lineup of correspondents when the program debuted in 1968, and continued to make appearances on the program all the way up to 2008. Some of his best known interviews were with subjects such as Palestinian President Yasir Arafat, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran, "Dr. Death" Jack Kevorkian, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Nation Of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The family legacy in journalism is continued by Mike's youngest son Chris Wallace, who anchors FOX News Sunday.
Some other prominent personalities from the TV news world have released statements about Wallace's passing, here are just a few of the many that have come out since yesterday:
Anderson Cooper - "Just heard of the death of Mike Wallace. A true original. What an amazing career and remarkable man."
Diane Sawyer - "Mike’s energy and nerve paced everyone at Sixty Minutes. His was the defining spirit of the show. He bounded through the halls with joy at the prospect of the new, the true, the unexpected."
Larry King - "Mike Wallace was a dear & wonderful friend. Not just a great broadcaster, but a great guy. We will never see his likes again."
Fox News President Roger Ailes - "Mike Wallace was one of the premier journalists of our time — his legendary tenacity, passion for the truth and unwavering commitment to fairness will always be admired and remembered. He will remain in the pantheon of greats in broadcasting journalism. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chris and the entire Wallace family."
Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney - "My experience with Mike Wallace — integrity, charm, character. A great one goes home."
On behalf of TV Rage, I would also like to offer our condolences to the colleagues, friends, family and fans of Mr. Wallace.