Mike Wallace, the hard-edged interviewer of 60 Minutes fame died this morning at the age of 93. I will miss the early Wallace that interviewed MLK, Malcolm X, and others. See YouTube for some of his best work in black and white. He was very good, and very fearless.
I was not a fan of the later Wallace, but I recognize that he had a huge impact on journalism, and did manage to get some of the most iconic people of the 20th century to go on record.
But Mike Wallace also ushered in the age of celebrity journalists, and also celebrity reporting. Did we really need to have another interview with [x, y, z] pop figures? Did the news really need to turn into infotainment? Just because you apply some good research does not make an interview with Barbra Streisand essential. His relationships with some of his subjects (Nancy Reagan, for instance) made me skeptical of all of his interviews.
Regardless, he will be missed by millions.