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'60 Minutes' Creator Don Hewitt Dies
CBS ^ | 08/19/09 | CBS

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).


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To: In Maryland

Re: “Why the hostility? Because with 60 Minutes, Don Hewitt created a medium for the liberal elite in the media (but I repeat myself) to engage in left-wing, “gothca”, so-called journalism on a larger than ever basis.”

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Yes, and I saw them do a real hatchet job on a former employer of mine, Sunkist Growers, back around 1981. It was awful the way they portrayed the organization but we had been warned beforehand that the ‘editing’ might be horrific. Some executives did not want to do the show but a few thought it overall to be a good idea. Those few were sorry later.


51 posted on 08/19/2009 2:20:53 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: Nikas777

Welcome to FR.


52 posted on 08/19/2009 3:45:11 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (In just His first 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: TomServo

RIP.


53 posted on 08/19/2009 4:26:38 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: TomServo

btt


54 posted on 08/19/2009 10:15:19 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: TomServo

One less leftist to deal with.


55 posted on 08/19/2009 11:35:32 PM PDT by antiunion person (PALIN for PRESIDENT 2012)
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To: sam_paine

He’s the jerk that propped up Bill Clinton after Jennifer Flowers endangered his early campaign. He was an ideologue just like the rest of them.


56 posted on 08/20/2009 1:58:27 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: TomServo

May he rot in a very warm spot deep below the surface of the earth.

Too bad it didn’t happen sooner to that scumbag.

Why?

He openly claimed that it was his manipulative editing of the 60 Minute interview with billary about Gennifer Flowers that directly led to Clinton getting the nomination.

Good riddance.


57 posted on 08/20/2009 3:31:41 AM PDT by waus (FUBO UFCMF)
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To: OldDeckHand
OK, maybe I did underplay the Leftist Agenda with the word “Occasional”. Still think there are some good reports in the mix. I mena they are nothing of the caliber of outright crap spewed by NBC/MSNBC.

Agreed?

58 posted on 08/20/2009 1:58:19 PM PDT by TCats
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To: TCats
"Agreed?"

If you're going to compare anything to MSNBC, you're setting the bar mighty low.

I think that 60 Minutes regularly displays the same kind of partisan propaganda that can be seen at MSNBC - only they do it perhaps a bit more intellectually. Yes, 60 Minutes has lofty production values and doesn't engage in the over-the-top rhetoric that MSNBC does, but that doesn't mean that their stories aren't any less subjective or slanted.

60 Minutes doesn't even have a house libertarian, like a John Stossel over at 20/20. I've never seen a story on 60 Minutes that addresses wasteful government spending, except with respect to the DOD. I've never seen a 60 Minutes "gotcha" story with a Democrat politician. Nope, 60 Minutes is just as bad as MSNBC, only with better packaging.

59 posted on 08/20/2009 2:27:48 PM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: OldDeckHand
You make some compelling observations. I just think that, for me, there are the occasional segment that I find illuminating. That is unlike MSNBC or a few other programs that I'm already familiar enough with to click away immediately.

To me, 60 Minutes is not of that caliber although I do see your point of view.

60 posted on 08/22/2009 8:22:15 AM PDT by TCats
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