If anyone missed Lesley Stahl’s segment this weekend on 60 Minutes (though come on, how unlikely is that?), you might not have noticed that her profile of Taylor Swift, “A Young Singer’s Meteoric Rise,” was actually just a re-aired interview from 2011.
Which is fine–Ms. Stahl tells the audience that “we first met Taylor Swift in 2011, during her Speak Now tour,” and on the 60 Minutes website, they disclose “The following is a script of “Taylor Swift” which originally aired on Nov. 20, 2011 and was rebroadcast on May 19, 2013″–except that it says something about Taylor Swift’s “meteoric rise” that most people would have no idea that this interview was two years old. Or that on Twitter, 60 Minutes gave no clue that this would be a rebroadcast episode.
Mike Wallace, long considered one of the most fearsome interviewers in broadcast news, has died. He was 93. A spokesman for CBS told the Associated Press that Mr. Wallace died Saturday night.
Mr. Wallace went into a kind of semi-retirement from regular appearances on 60 Minutes in 2006 but kept a promise made upon announcing his slowdown to do occasional new reports, profiling Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2007 as well as “suicide doctor” Jack Kevorkian.
Over the course of his 6 decades as a newsman Mike Wallace frequently went toe-to-toe with the famous and powerful in interviews legendary for their confrontational and emotional nature. As the A.P. reports in his obituary, Mr. Wallace once managed to break through Barbra Streisand’s intensely controlled public persona:
Elliott Kalan likes to complain about things. The Daily Show writer can go on forever (or at least one whole minute) on his irritation with gum, fancy pork-pie hat stores in your neighborhood, pre-made sandwiches, and generic movie titles.
So now that Andy Rooney has officially stepped down from his role as “old cranky guy” on 60 Minutes, Mr. Kalan would like to humbly submit his application for the job of professional complainer.
Last night’s Grammys–which the Observer liveblogged!–were dominated by Nashville (Lady Antebellum) and, surprisingly, Montreal (the Arcade Fire), but the pre-show was all Manhattan, as Anderson Cooper interviewed Lady Gaga for 60 Minutes. The interview covered very familiar ground: Gaga wore raw meat! She loves fame, and pursues it assiduously! She likes to be called Read More
The Social Network
Mark Zuckerberg is all grown up. The venerable news program 60 Minutes did their second interview with Facebook’s CEO last night.
The first time, back in 2008, Zuck seemed every bit the akward nerd, stumbling on questions. Last night he came across as a confident business leader, while his Harvard nemeses, the Winklevoss Twins, Read More
Tear Down This Community Center
Scott Pelley arrived at Ground Zero last night as promised. He cast his camera about the Park51 site for a little over 12 minutes and left. The initial take was a bit eye-rolling — “For the first time, see the key plans and hear from the key players…” Uh, been there, done Read More
Last night on 60 Minutes, Conan O’Brien talked to Steve Kroft about what it was like to lose The Tonight Show to Jay Leno.
“I went through some stuff,” said Mr. O’Brien. “And I got very depressed at times. It was like a marriage breaking up suddenly, violently, quickly. And I was just trying to Read More
On Sunday night, 60 Minutes will air the first major TV interview with Conan O’Brien since he left NBC.
Today, CBS News released a few tidbits from Mr. O’Brien’s interview with Steve Kroft.
At one point, Mr. O’Brien tells Mr. Kroft that (surprise, surprise) he would have handled the whole Tonight Show Read More
Robert Gibbs tires to understand the coverage on Fox News, Al Pacino and Read More
Halfway through this month’s 60 Minutes interview with the financial journalism deity Michael Lewis, a snapshot of a half-grinning banker in a pinstriped suit filled the screen. With a thick neck and soft face, mouth turned tightly upward, the former mortgage bond trader Howie Hubler smiled out unknowingly at 12 million viewers.
In his nice Read More