Mike Wallace made a mockery of journalism

For me, the image of Mike Wallace as an iconoclastic journalist who challenged the status quo was always contradicted by his status as a hugely successful mainstream media personality.

It's as if the few times he butted heads and dug into an interviewee were replayed over and over to obscure what he really was — the product and purveyor of predictable media pablum, that gray blob that dominates the news empire.

The contrived and formulaic 60 Minutes set-up with guests, which was his signature, always seemed to mock real expose journalism and insult viewers.

I won't miss him.

John G. Bailey, Edgemere

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