September 4, 2003 |
If you see some celebrity interviews on "60 Minutes," the correspondents are probably holding their noses. Morley Safer, Steve Kroft and Lesley Stahl didn't hide their distaste Wednesday for the hottest trend in their line of work. Celebrity chats are such winners for newsmagazines that NBC and ABC this summer arranged for help from entertainment news shows in landing them.
May 5, 1990 |
It's two months now since Andy Rooney returned to work on "60 Minutes," and he's had time to think things over. The dust has settled. His three-week suspension from the CBS Sunday series is history. And at age 70, he seems certain to ride out the TV career that suddenly was threatened with extinction when he became the center of a national controversy. Rooney was thrust into the spotlight when a Los Angeles-based gay magazine, the Advocate, attributed to him remarks about blacks and homosexuals.
November 24, 1998 |
Campaigning for the post of Oakland County prosecutor two years ago, David Gorcyca pledged to stop spending Michigan taxpayer dollars on longshot prosecutions of the world's most provocative and resilient right-to-die proponent. He won the election, ousting the incumbent in suburban Detroit. On Monday, Gorcyca found himself in a position not unlike that of his predecessor, if perhaps even more difficult.
November 10, 1990 |
Harry Reasoner, the longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent, will be leaving the show as a regular correspondent at the end of this season. Reasoner will become "editor emeritus," contributing occasional pieces to the high-rated CBS News program. "It's something I've been thinking about for a couple of years," the 67-year-old Reasoner said in an interview. "I've been at work for 53 years, half of that with '60 Minutes.' I'll still be with the show, but I'll come in irregularly."
November 17, 1995 |
A prominent First Amendment attorney who had been critical of CBS' decision not to air an interview with a former tobacco company executive on "60 Minutes" said that new disclosures about agreements made between CBS and the subject altered his opinion about the matter. "Based on the new information, it appears that CBS faced serious exposure to a lawsuit," said Victor A. Kovner, an attorney who has represented many media companies in First Amendment cases.
May 9, 1990 |
Applause thundered through the hotel ballroom. The speaker at the podium was Andy Rooney. The Andy Rooney. Remember? Accused of slurring blacks--denied it. Accused of slurring gays--acknowledged it. Suspended by CBS for three months and deleted from "60 Minutes." Reinstated by CBS after three weeks and returned to "60 Minutes." Andy Rooney, landing on his feet. It's impossible to assess merely from watching "60 Minutes" how America regards the post-Rooneygate Rooney.
March 11, 1999 |
More than 70 doctors sent a letter to CBS criticizing a "60 Minutes" report which suggested that Matthew Eappen was strangled, not shaken and slammed by his au pair, as prosecutors contend. The CBS program reported Sunday that two doctors believe the 8-month-old baby was strangled up to two days before he was hospitalized on Feb. 4, 1997. Lawyers for au pair Louise Woodward said they may seek a retrial; prosecutors said there is no evidence to warrant one.
May 11, 1998 |
NBC has made "Dateline NBC" its transportable fast-food franchise, and ABC hopes to do the same with "20/20." So naturally there's buzz at CBS for adding another night of charismatic "60 Minutes," whose set of new faces possibly would include Bryant Gumbel, now that his own magazine series on that network appears on the rocks.
November 18, 1995 |
The controversy over the "60 Minutes" tobacco-industry interview that did not air is causing dissent and unhappiness among the newsmagazine staff and elsewhere at CBS. Executive producer Don Hewitt and correspondent Mike Wallace have exchanged angry words about the story, as have Hewitt and correspondent Morley Safer.
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December 24, 1987 |
A Los Angeles-area dentist filed suit Wednesday to bar the scheduled Sunday broadcast of a "60 Minutes" interview that he contends he was deceived into granting. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court, Dr. Howard M. Stein claims that he agreed to be interviewed by CBS television reporter Diane Sawyer only after a "60 Minutes" producer promised him that it would not be a "hatchet job" or an "ambush."