Calling it a “sad, bloody story,” veteran “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace expressed regret about Dan Rather’s departure from CBS but added that Rather isn’t finished yet.
“You wait and see, he’s going to find his place,” Wallace told a packed house Wednesday at the annual Promax & BDA conference in New York. “We’re going to be hearing from Dan. He’s a superb reporter.” Wallace and CNN host Larry King received the organization’s TV Century Awards.
Wallace has in the past suggested that Rather should have resigned for his role in the discredited “60 Minutes Wednesday” report on President Bush’s military career that led to the firing of one producer and the forced resignations of four executives. But Wallace was much more conciliatory Wednesday, a day after Rather and CBS News parted ways.
“It’s a sad, sad story. He’s a good man, a hell of a reporter, (he) made a mistake,” Wallace said. When asked why Rather would go ahead with a report that seemed shaky, he said: “I don’t know. Ask him.”