CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward and BBC News correspondent Paul Wood were the co-recipients of the David Bloom award for their intrepid reports from Syria at last night’s Radio & TV Correspondents Association dinner. The David Bloom Award honors the late NBC News correspondent and anchor by recognizing excellence and courage in enterprise, investigative or feature reporting. Additionally, CBS’s Steve Kroft (above) was presented the Joan Barone award for his “60 Minutes” piece on the STOCK act and CBS news cameraman George Christian won the Jerry Thompson award for his extraordinary lifetime achievement. This award was created last year to honor the memory of CNN cameraman Jerry Thompson. Christian is the award’s first recipient.
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If the news business was like football, Mike Wallace would be its MVP. But if news was a beauty contest, Wallace would never have been Mr. Congeniality.
That’s what hundreds of Mike Wallace’s friends, colleagues and family — four generations of them — learned as they gathered at the Rose Hall at Time Warner Center to remember the “60 Minutes” original who died April 8 at age 93.
Morley Safer and Steve Kroft remembered Wallace’s unrelenting competitive streak. When Kroft had set up an interview with Gov. Bill Clinton in 1988, amidst accusations of an extra-marital affair, Kroft says, “Mike offered me encouragement, while trying to take the story away from me.”
Safer admitted months would go by without the two reporters even speaking to each other. In a taped piece, the late Ed Bradley echoed the sentiment, after Wallace stole a Manuel Noriega interview from him. “You and I didn’t talk for six months,” Bradley says to Wallace who is unmoved.
“He brought the same zeal to a story as he did to a penny ante poker game,” said Safer.
Wallace even stole a story from his own son, Chris Wallace who, at the time, was working for ABC’s “Primetime.” In the Fall of 1997, young Wallace had set up an interview with comedian Chris Rock. Rock canceled not long before the shoot. Wallace later found out why.
“My old man had stolen the interview!” said Wallace. “And he knew he’d stolen it from me!” Bradley ended up conducting the Rock interview, mostly to make amends for the Noriega theft, but also to keep in good stead with his son.
“He was so exasperating and yet so endearing,” said Wallace choking back tears.
“It took many years for us to find our path to each other,” the Fox News anchor admitted. “He had a good heart. He could be naughty. But he was never mean.”
Ann And Mitt Romney were among the guests at this morning’s memorial service for Mike Wallace held at the Rose Hall at Time Warner Center. Seated next to Romney is CBS News President David Rhodes. We’ll have more on the memorial, which included remarks from Morley Safer, Steve Kroft, and Chris Wallace later today. The Romneys were on “CBS This Morning” earlier today. Romney also met with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and appeared at an event at an FDNY firehouse with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
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Venerable CBS News magazine “60 Minutes” was the sixth most-watched TV show of the week last week. Topped only by singing shows, dancing shows and “NCIS,” “60″ drew almost 13 million viewers and was Sunday’s #1 show households and viewers.
The broadcast drew 12.96 million viewers and scored a household 8.3 rating/14 share. The show included Steve Kroft’s report on the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Kroft’s sixth report on the financial crisis since its early days in Sept. 2008. Also, Bob Simon reported on the exodus of Palestinian Christians from the Holy Land, and Armen Keteyian had a story on sunken treasure discovered off Key West.
Fox has since filed suit against Muto, alleging that he violated civil and criminal law with some of his leaks.
This morning the network news shows paid tribute to Mike Wallace, who died Saturday night at age 93. On “CBS This Morning” Wallace’s “60 Minutes” colleagues Morley Safer and Steve Kroft shared their thoughts. Safer revealed a side of Wallace many did not know: That he was “unsure of himself.”
“Mike always felt that he had not paid his dues as a journalist,” said Safer. “That uncertainty or even perhaps shame of having done commercials and silly stuff haunted him.”
On “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts reported the obituary discussing it with George Stephanopoulos. And on the “Today” show Tom Brokaw reported the story reflecting on the life of his “friend and competitor.” Story after the jump…
Friends and colleagues from across the TV spectrum joined Andy Rooney‘s four children this morning at Rose Hall, bidding farewell to the CBS News essayist, who died November 4 following complications from minor surgery.
Rooney’s son Brian Rooney, a longtime correspondent at ABC News, hosted the memorial service which included remarks from Andy Rooney’s three daughters, Ellen Rooney, Emily Rooney and Martha Fishel and Rooney’s girlfriend of 7 years, former “Today” show “girl” Beryl Pfizer, who had known Rooney since 1950. Rooney’s grandchildren were there, including Justin Fishel Pentagon producer for Fox News Channel.
Brian Rooney talked about how, over the past several weeks he’s gone through his father’s belongings and found everything from a $6,000 uncashed check from CBS, to a diary entry dated March 8, 1941: “Went to Gallagher’s. Don’t get chicken at a steakhouse.”
“What you saw, was the same show that we had at dinnertime,” said Rooney.
Safer talked of Rooney’s “rich, eccentric legacy.” A man who filled American homes “like a piece of the Sunday furniture, like a portrait on the wall, like the TV itself.”
Safer then introduced a video which included outtakes of his interview with Rooney conducted last Spring. Showing a picture of the early correspondents: Harry Reasoner, Mike Wallace and Diane Sawyer, Rooney stopped at Sawyer — who was not able to attend. “She’s the prettiest girl I
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“Sometimes you think you know the story, but you go back and look again,” says Sawyer. “It’s about waking all of us up. That is the reason we do it.”
“It’s not the topic,” says Matt Lauer of his style. “It’s the tone. If you can make people comfortable and get them to trust you, then you can hit them hard on something.”
Kroft’s interviews inside the beltway and beyond have made him “60 Minutes” griller-in-chief. He’s interviewed Pres. Obama 12 times, from the campaign trail to just last week. Kroft tells Guthrie the president “has never said no” to an interview.
For the second straight week, “60 Minutes” lands on the list of Nielsen’s Top 10 most-watched primetime shows. With a lift from an overrun of the Tennessee Titans – Atlanta Falcons game, the show drew 14.47 million Total Viewers, making it #9 for the week. Sunday’s show featured Steve Kroft’s report on conservative anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist; a Lara Logan‘s profile of International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde; and Lesley Stahl‘s profile of singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.
“60 Minutes” — without the help of an NFL lead-in and up against the final minutes of the Giants-49ers game on FOX – finished as the 10th most-watched primetime show last week.
13.07 million Total Viewers watched Steve Kroft‘s expose on insider trading on Capitol Hill. The story is already the focus of Gov. Rick Perry‘s campaign for president. In a new ad, Perry says any Congressman or woman who trades with inside information “ought to be sent to jail.” A commenter on the 60 Minutes page on CBSNews.com adds, “Perhaps we should elect Steve Kroft as he does such a good job of finding those who are corrupt in our government.”
“60 Minutes” scored with younger demos too — up +6% in A25-54 and up +11% in A18-49 compared to last week’s show. The show also included a David Martin story about the rising use of the TASER by law enforcement and a Byron Pitts feature on Freeman Hrabowski, the president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
If you missed Kroft’s report, it’s after the jump…