- Posted April 9, 2012 by
Washington, District of Columbia
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Mike Wallace Censorship
By: William Marlowe
Integrity and Journalistic Credibility are one and the same and when one is lost it is almost impossible to regain. I am reminded of this as all the current News Anchors and Journalists around the world fall all over themselves in remembering Mike Wallace. Granted it is not nice to speak ill of the recently departed but it is also one of Mike Wallace’s 60 Minutes Colleague’s that said, “A Writers job is to tell the Truth.” One only has to look as far as the phone hacking scandal in Great Britain to realize the media today is more interested in protecting their relationships with those in the seats of power and government, no matter how corrupt, than in truthfully reporting the news. So it has been for quite some time but most assuredly was well documented when Mike Wallace and Don Hewitt refused to air the story of Jeffery Wigand who became nationally known as a whistleblower regarding the company's decisions involving the selection of ingredients in their cigarettes.
Mike Wallace was instrumental in censoring the story from being broadcast on CBS news program 60 Minutes because as he said, “I'm talking about when you're nearer the end of your life than the beginning. Now, what do you think you think about then? The future? In the future I'm going to do this? Become that? What future? No. What you think is "How will I be regarded in the end?" After I'm gone. Now, along the way I suppose I made some minor impact. I did Iran-Gate and the Ayatollah, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Saddam, Sadat, etcetera, etcetera. I showed them thieves in suits. I've spent a lifetime building all that. But history only remembers most what you did last. And should that be fronting a segment that allowed a tobacco giant to crash this network? Does it give someone at my time of life pause? Yeah”
What do you call a News Anchor who is more interested in protecting the corporation he works for and his legacy than he is in reporting the Truth and Journalistic Integrity? Would you still call that person a Journalist? Why do News Anchors and Journalists not remember this horrible lack of Journalistic Integrity by Mike Wallace when remembering his career? I would like to honestly hear or read what Lowell Bergman has to say about remembering Mike Wallace and see that reported on CNN.