Skip to comments.'60 Minutes' Creator Don Hewitt Dies
Posted on 08/19/2009 8:35:51 AM PDT by TomServo
NEW YORK (CBS News)
"60 Minutes"spokesman Kevin Tedesco confirmed 86-year-old Don Hewitt has died. Earlier this year, Hewitt was diagnosed with a small, contained tumor.
Hewitt was already a veteran CBS newsman in 1968 when he created "60 Minutes," pioneering the TV newsmagazine format. He served as executive producer of the program until his retirement in 2004.
Hewitt has been honored with the second annual Lifetime Achievement Emmy presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 1995, he was awarded the Founders Emmy by the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
He's also won the Director's Guild Association Honor for contributions to American culture (June 2002), the 2001 Carr Van Anda Award for his contribution to journalism, bestowed by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and the 2000 Fred Friendly First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac College.
Hewitt is the author of Tell Me a Story: Fifty Years and 60 Minutes in Television (PublicAffairs, April 2001), in which chronicles his life as a newsman. He is also the author of the book Minute by Minute (Random House, 1985).
Rooney and Wallace will finish out that trifecta.
60 Minutes started out as a good program. Later it became totally corrupted by Political Correctness and and then a mouthpiece for the liberal cause.
Rest in peace Don Hewitt. A true innovator in television news.
Bob Novak yesterday.
All in all, a good show. The only real thorns to me are the Puff Piece segments with Leslie Stahl and the occasional obvious pro-Left Agenda pieces. Stahl is definitely lacking in comparison.
Uncle Walter makes it 3.
May he roast, umm, somewhere.
Yup. See ya.
Care to explicate?
Time's up. Put down your pencil.
Does this mean no more Andy Looney?
Walter Cronkite, Robert Novak, and this guy.
Did his job get offshored to China?
Yes, many Freepers will have issues at the way the journalists he featured chose to perform their jobs (biased to the extreme even at the expense of their journalistic integrity, for starters), but nobody can deny Hewitt his phenomenal achievement in creating the genre. For many years, Hewitt's show was a veritable institution in this country - more influential than any of his copycat competitors could ever dream of becoming.
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