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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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1 posted on 08/19/2009 8:35:51 AM PDT by TomServo
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To: TomServo

Rooney and Wallace will finish out that trifecta.


2 posted on 08/19/2009 8:40:29 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (Forget going Galt. Its time to go Braveheart.)
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To: TomServo

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.


3 posted on 08/19/2009 8:40:46 AM PDT by DH (The government writes no bill that does not line the pockets of special interests.)
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To: TomServo

May He Rest In Peace.
4 posted on 08/19/2009 8:42:01 AM PDT by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences.)
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To: TomServo

That’s two?


5 posted on 08/19/2009 8:42:13 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote
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To: TomServo

Rest in peace Don Hewitt. A true innovator in television news.


6 posted on 08/19/2009 8:43:28 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: WakeUpAndVote

Bob Novak yesterday.


7 posted on 08/19/2009 8:43:51 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Can we trade in the clunker we have in the White House?)
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To: TomServo

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.


8 posted on 08/19/2009 8:45:35 AM PDT by TCats
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To: WakeUpAndVote

Uncle Walter makes it 3.


9 posted on 08/19/2009 8:45:46 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I am Legend)
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To: TomServo

May he roast, umm, somewhere.


10 posted on 08/19/2009 8:46:49 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (I'll have what the gentleman on the floor is drinking.)
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To: Liberty Valance

RIP


11 posted on 08/19/2009 8:47:39 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: TomServo

Yup. See ya.


12 posted on 08/19/2009 8:48:04 AM PDT by dr_who
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To: Arm_Bears

Care to explicate?


13 posted on 08/19/2009 8:50:38 AM PDT by Borges
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To: TomServo; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

Time's up. Put down your pencil.

14 posted on 08/19/2009 8:51:05 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: TomServo; a fool in paradise

Does this mean no more Andy Looney?


15 posted on 08/19/2009 8:55:09 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: TomServo
That makes it 3.

Walter Cronkite, Robert Novak, and this guy.

16 posted on 08/19/2009 8:59:19 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: Revolting cat!

Did his job get offshored to China?


17 posted on 08/19/2009 8:59:29 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: Borges

No.


18 posted on 08/19/2009 9:01:03 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (I'll have what the gentleman on the floor is drinking.)
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To: Liberty Valance
"Rest in peace Don Hewitt. A true innovator in television news."

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.

19 posted on 08/19/2009 9:08:12 AM PDT by leilani
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To: TomServo
Can you be sure this SeeBS news release isn't fake but accurate?
20 posted on 08/19/2009 9:09:09 AM PDT by Zakeet (Don't tell Obama what comes after trillion)
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To: TomServo; Sig Sauer P220; DH; Spunky; WakeUpAndVote; Liberty Valance; rightwingintelligentsia; ...

I just heard a clip on the radio where hewitt said the founding fathers were irrelevant extinct dinosaurs?

Anyone have that?


21 posted on 08/19/2009 9:16:35 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: TomServo

The show itself has been among the WALKING DEAD for quite some time.


22 posted on 08/19/2009 9:19:54 AM PDT by RasterMaster (The only way to open a LIEberal mind is with a brick!)
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To: sam_paine

Then, he would be wrong.


23 posted on 08/19/2009 9:20:19 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: DH

When it first aired I wouldn’t miss it, now you couldn’t pay me to watch it, or anything else on any of the alphabet nets.


24 posted on 08/19/2009 9:22:19 AM PDT by 101voodoo (OBAMA- THE OPIATE FOR THE DUMB ASSES)
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To: sam_paine

Not surprising.


25 posted on 08/19/2009 9:25:08 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (I'll have what the gentleman on the floor is drinking.)
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To: Arm_Bears

Awwwww, please do.


26 posted on 08/19/2009 9:27:02 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 210 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: DH

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.

I agree totally. I have boycotted 60 minutes for years.

I still wont watch but Don wont be missed by me one bit, good riddence


27 posted on 08/19/2009 9:36:29 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: sam_paine

Well I found this one...

“I plan to die at my desk.” - Don Hewitt


28 posted on 08/19/2009 10:15:43 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: a fool in paradise
“I plan to die at my desk.” - Don Hewitt


29 posted on 08/19/2009 10:20:30 AM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: sam_paine

Hunter S. Thompson died at his desk and he even picked the moment.


30 posted on 08/19/2009 10:23:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: TomServo

The really bad part is that for those of us around for the beginning we are gaining on him.


31 posted on 08/19/2009 10:24:55 AM PDT by q_an_a
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To: Revolting cat!
Does this mean no more Andy Looney?

I think Rooney was the inspiration for Jerry Seinfeld's brand of comedy.

32 posted on 08/19/2009 10:56:57 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: TomServo

Well...now he can say that death and taxes are real with asking any dumb questions.


33 posted on 08/19/2009 11:04:00 AM PDT by Paul46360
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To: windcliff

ping


34 posted on 08/19/2009 11:05:13 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: DH

Hewitt allowed his show to be the mouthpiece for the Dems. Even St Peter at the pearly gates would be disgusted with this fool.


35 posted on 08/19/2009 11:25:05 AM PDT by max americana (i)
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To: TCats
"the occasional obvious pro-Left Agenda pieces."

That may qualify as the understatement of the year. I can't remember a 60 Minutes piece that wasn't produced from a leftist's perspective. The last 20 years, it's been nothing but an in-kind contribution to the DNC.

After reading some of the absolutely vial, spiteful and downright nasty things that many have said on liberal sites about the death of Novak, I have nothing pleasant to say about Don Hewitt - so, I'll keep my peace.

36 posted on 08/19/2009 11:51:46 AM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: leilani; Liberty Valance
I apologize in advance - I ask out of my own ignorance - like many in my generation I don't think I have watch 2 minutes of '60 Minutes' though from a historical standpoint I am somewhat familiar with the fact that it was a pioneer in this type of news show.

With my ignorance identified, can you tell me why the hostility about this show from a right wing perspective? How did it favor left over right?

Also, Walter Cronkite was retired before I think I was born but he is hated by the right yet when he died the History or Discovery channel (I can't recall) showed a documentary of his life from Cronkite's memories and in it Cronkite was called biased for Nixon against Kennedy during that election. In fact it was declared by Kennedy that Cronkite hated him and had it in him (per the show).

Was it that Cronkite turned against the Vietnam war? But that is confusing to a young person like me because Nixon promised to end the Vietnam war and Johnson was president at the time Cronkite declared the war was not winnable.

So if you or any reader can help me out on this I would be much obliged.

If you lived through such events I am envious of your first hand accounts and would love to hear them.

Much thanks.

37 posted on 08/19/2009 11:59:47 AM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: RasterMaster

The average age of a “60 Minutes” viewer is deceased.


38 posted on 08/19/2009 12:07:42 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: Nikas777
I wish I could help, but alas, I'm the wrong one to ask for specifics. I have seen the show many many years ago as a kid, but actually, I've probably seen more spoofs of it on Saturday Night Live reruns than epis of the actual show in my life.

My assessment was based mostly on hostility expressed by my Dad and many freepers & other conservatives I've known through the years towards the journalists on the show.

The General Westmoreland defamation has been extensively covered here at FR, but there were other famous controversies about the integrity of their reporting as well,(See here at WIKI, scroll down to controversies.)

39 posted on 08/19/2009 12:10:46 PM PDT by leilani
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To: leilani
I thank you for your time in responding back. I am in the same boat you are on this it seems.

Even if this is a hatred for the 60 Minutes/CBS news that predates my birth - I still think knowing why Conservatives hated these shows will help me understand the times they lived through, nonetheless.

40 posted on 08/19/2009 12:23:09 PM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: leilani
I looked up the 'Controversies' around '60 Minutes' and I don't see so much as a political bias as crappy sensationalist reporting that I find in all American media.

The Vietnam war one may be the sore point in that many identify being pro war as right wing and anti-war as left wing even though Republicans ended the war and Democrats were the ones who started and escalated the war (though the Republicans wanted to end the war with honor which is probably a major distinction?).

41 posted on 08/19/2009 12:29:18 PM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Responsibility2nd

Too long ago...there’ll be another now.


42 posted on 08/19/2009 1:02:09 PM PDT by top 2 toe red (O-B-A-M-A = One Big Ass Mistake, America.)
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To: Nikas777
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.

I haven't watched the program for 20 years because once I saw a story on an area in which I had expertise and I could readily identify the half-truths, misrepresentations, and ignorance of the subject by “journalists” who abandoned what was the sine qua non of journalistic ethics - objectivity and a search for the truth. 60 Minutes became “a search for a scandal” with its personnel acting like prosecuting attorneys rather than truth seekers. And since the political leanings of “journalists” are overwhelmingly liberal, that bias showed up in its stories. 60 Minutes was “dirty journalism” - editing tape to make someone look guilty or foolish (Katie Couric learned this technique well by the time she interviewed Sarah Palin). They really began the politics of personal destruction. Some things were hammered again and again - anti-abortionists were always portrayed as lunatics; corporations were always evil; the military were a bunch of insensitive thugs and master manipulators; every story on race showed minorities as noble beings crushed by fate and white racism. the only real experts were those who saw everything from a liberal perspective. So 60 Minutes became a weekly partisan attack on conservatives.

This reached a pinnacle on the September 20, 2004 broadcast of one of the 60 Minutes spin-offs when Dan Rather, continuing a campaign to discredit President Bush's National Guard Service he began on a September 8 CBS News segment, produced documents which he claimed proved that Bush had lied about his service. The documents were such obvious forgeries that a FREEPER (apparently on his home computer, leading to the creation of the term “pajamas media”) was able to expose their obvious in-authenticity within 45 minutes of the broadcast. The CBS website now carries the following remark about the original CBS News broadcast:

(CBS) EDITOR'S NOTE: A report issued by an independent panel on Jan. 10, 2005 concluded that CBS News failed to follow basic journalistic principles in the preparation and reporting of this Sept. 8, 2004 broadcast.

Cronkite simply out and out lied to the American people about the outcome of the TET offensive (the U.S. was victorious, but “the most trusted man in America” waged a campaign to convince the U.S. had lost, and thereby undermined the American public’s support for the war). Many feel that Cronkite (along with John Kerry and associates) forced the U.S. into a precipitous retreat that resulted in thousands of needless casualties among American troops and also among Vietnamese who had supported the U.S. war effort.

But don't expect any of that to show up in the MSM.

43 posted on 08/19/2009 1:03:44 PM PDT by In Maryland ("Impromptu Obamanomics is getting scarier by the day ..." - Caroline Baum)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

HAHAHAHAHA


44 posted on 08/19/2009 1:19:45 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: In Maryland
I haven't watched the program for 20 years because once I saw a story on an area in which I had expertise and I could readily identify the half-truths, misrepresentations, and ignorance of the subject by “journalists”

That is interesting and awesome that you wrote this because just recently I read about the rise of the DC news magazine Politico which only report son insider Beltway issue and nothing else - a newspaper for policy wonks by policy wonks - insider baseball stuff and nothing elese - which revealed a theory of information that I found amazing. It stated that as information becomes easier to obtain people will specialize because - for example - if you are a foreign policy junky and just read about that subject day in and out in short time you become an expert or to be more accurate you become more of an expert than the generalist journalist who reports on the subject.

This means you and others are more knowledgeable than the people who report you the news on specific areas of interest.

So this creates a disrespect towards the abilities of journalists in general.

I apologize for going off on a tangent like that but your insight was an amazing one and it triggered my memory on what I had read.

I can't comment on the rest regarding left or right bias because I do not watch CBS News or 60 Minutes but that earlier sentence I found as an amazing proof for what I had read. I think it was in Vanity Fair (X-Mass gift subscription so don't laugh) ?

If I still have it in my bathroom I will look for the passage and let you know. Much obliged for your illuminating comments.

45 posted on 08/19/2009 1:20:44 PM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: Nikas777

I first watched an episode of 60 min in 1977 while I was waiting to go overseas. Having never watched it before I had no misconceptions at the time about any bias or agenda. It quickly dawned on me that the story segments that they aired that night were told from a singular perspective and not very well balanced at all. It was the first time that I had seen the type of ambush journalism that quickly came to dominate agenda driven news programming on TV. Even then it was basically dishonest reporting of only one side of the story and I could easily tell that “lies of omission” was standard operating procedure for that show.

The leftward bent was subtle back then and has grown much more blatant in the intervening years. My main complaint against it wasn’t so much based on the politcal bias but more that I’ve always despised that type of dishonest reporting. Needless to say that I’ve rarely bothered to watch any other episodes of that show in the last thirty years.


46 posted on 08/19/2009 1:23:55 PM PDT by IoCaster ("No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity. " - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: In Maryland
I found it! Thank you for leading me down this path.

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2009/08/wolff200908

In the fourth issue of Wired magazine, in the fall of 1993, just as the Internet was entering public consciousness, Michael Crichton, the author of The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park, wrote an essay arguing that newspapers were doomed because they were too dumb. As information became cheaper, more plentiful, and easier to get, consumers, he argued, would become ever more immersed in their specific interests and understand that their more generally oriented paper—at least in the matter of a reader’s special interest, but also by inference everything else—had no idea what it was talking about.

Sixteen years later, the ultimate result of Crichton’s theory about the fallacy of general-interest news—and, as a corollary, the answer to the riddle of who’s going to report the news when traditional, general-interest news organizations stop doing it—is, for better and worse, Politico.

Politico is the Web site (and accompanying newspaper) launched by two former Washington Post reporters to cover the 2008 presidential campaign, and which, with 100 or so staffers, is defying all reason and expectations by continuing to prosper beyond the election season. Not only is it, in its way, a direct manifestation of Crichton’s observation about flaccid and dumbed-down news, but it is also something rather close to one of those sinister and unstoppable forces in a Crichton novel: more information than you want to know, as well as more than you probably should know and can know, altering the very metabolic rate of the people who supply it and of those who become habituated to trying to know it.

47 posted on 08/19/2009 1:25:45 PM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: IoCaster

Please read my reply at #45 and at #47.

Let me know if your on the same wave length?


48 posted on 08/19/2009 1:26:54 PM PDT by Nikas777 (En touto nika, "In this, be victorious")
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To: TomServo
St Peter to Dan Rather.....

NEXT!


49 posted on 08/19/2009 1:28:56 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . fasl el-khitab)
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To: max americana

Re: “Hewitt allowed his show to be the mouthpiece for the Dems. Even St Peter at the pearly gates would be disgusted with this fool.”

********

Yep, I would have to agree with you!


50 posted on 08/19/2009 2:15:09 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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