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When Mike Wallace Blew Off Michael Mann

Interesting tidbit from TheWrap film writer Brent Lang.

Lowell Bergman, a producer with 60 Minutes from 1983 through 1997, told Lang that prior to the making of Michael Mann‘s 1999 drama The Insider, he arranged for Wallace to meet with the director at the Beverly Regent Wilshire hotel. Why? Because Mann at the time hoped to convince Wallace to play himself in the film (the correspondent was, of course, famously channeled in the end by Christopher Plummer). From Lang’s piece:

The movie depicted Wallace caving to CBS’ corporate leadership after the network refused to air the Jeffrey Wigand interview over concerns about a potential lawsuit from tobacco company Brown & Williamson. Wallace claimed that he never agreed that the story should be killed.

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LA Times Pulitzer Winner Set for Wisconsin Residency

Senior LA Times reporter Jeff Gottlieb, who along with Ruben Vives won a Pulitzer Prize for the pair’s 2010 series on endemic Bell city corruption, will be at the University of Wiconsin-Madison next week as the school’s latest public affairs writer in residence.

FishbowlLA reviewed Gottlieb’s schedule and it looks like the journalism faculty will be keeping him very busy. On Monday for example, there is a morning class with a room full of junior and senior students, a brown bag off-campus lunch with employees of the Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal, an afternoon session with Master’s students and dinner at the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Wednesday night, Gottlieb will talk at members of the local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists about “How Ruben and I Found the Bell Story.” Many in the audience for this evening event will once again connect him to Madison’s local papers.

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