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Mike Wallace was the type of guy you didn't want to meet if you were involved in any kind of duplicitous business or criminal activity. He had a way of sniffing around until he found an edge that could put people behind bars. As a featured investigative reporter for the storied 60 Minutes news magazine, Wallace dug into the lives of the notorious, criminal and championed personalities of his era. He recorded nearly forty years as one of CBS's most respected journalists and won as many as 20 Emmys along the way.
His feisty questioning manner seemed to always stir up trouble. He did an extensive piece on General William Westmoreland during the Vietnam War that resulted in a defamation lawsuit against Wallace and his network CBS. Westmoreland accused him of intentionally lying about intelligence to his U.S. supervisors and his report made the General look unpatriotic. The matter was ultimately settled with an on air apology that humbled Wallace.
Wallace also got in a broadcast tiff with Louis Farrakhan. Wallace asked the leader of the Nation of Islam if he knew of a more corrupt country than Nigeria and Farrakhan curtly lashed back that the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on helpless Japanese and murdered millions of Native Americans.
Wallace passed away on April 8, 2012 in front of his family in Connecticut. At 93-year-old, his legacy as a staunch newsman remains intact after more than six decades of providing audiences insipid reports.