As far as corporate media went though Wallace especially when he was teamed with producer Lowell Bergman (not to be confused with Lowell Thomas
or Lowell Weicker
) were very good. BTW -- Lowell Bergman just had an excellent episode of Frontline on Rupert Murdoch
I watched 60 Minutes
pretty regularly for decades. Yes, there was good work done along with bad. I try to keep in mind that the on-camera reporter/interviewers relied almost completely on the producers and researchers for their information. Wallace was always confident and appeared well-informed about his subjects; he'd been briefed (but by whom?).
One 60 Minutes
treatment in particular stands out in my memory as demonstrating both sides of the 'muckraker/cover-upper' coin. Anyone remember this? (I can't find it on YouTube, hm): Shorty after Vince Foster died, an installment reported by Wallace laid out a very
good case for murder. I don't remember many details, but the report (taking the entire hour, as I recall?) was quite convincing, based on some simple impossibilities in the official story. Two or three others watching with me agreed: this 60 Minutes
investigation clearly proved that Foster had to have been murdered. Our Fourth Estate on the job!
Well. The next Sunday, Wallace opens the show with a brief but complete retraction
of the previous week's report. The White House or Park Police or someone had 'reminded' 60 Minutes
of some minor detail that varied with the report. My impression was that it was utter bullshit, that someone had moved to close that valve fast.
Sadly, I don't think I taped either episode (but will look in my VHS archives).
I'm surprised no one put it on YouTube, or if they did, why it's not there (not that I can find).
That Keyhoe interview is maddening. The Major gives Wallace twenty good facts and Wallace closes with condescending remarks about Keyhoe's "faith." There again, someone else probably wrote that, and, in any event, in those days Wallace's attitude about UFOs was the norm (as I find it still is).
In the long run, Mike Wallace's worst bit of work might be Chris Wallace.