ABC’s Sunday night tribute to Mike Wallace, who passed away Saturday
night, highlighted several swipes at Ronald Reagan, thus, inadvertently
or not, painting the “legendary” 60 Minutes correspondent as
something less than an impartial journalist. Or maybe ABC News just
enjoyed re-playing those hits on the late conservative President.
World News anchor David Muir began with a clip of Wallace, from either 1976 or during the 1980 campaign, demanding of Reagan: “How many blacks are there on your top campaign staff, Governor?” Reagan replied: “I couldn’t honestly answer you now.” To which Wallace snapped: “That speaks for itself.” Unsaid: At the time, 60 Minutes didn’t have any non-white reporters.
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