Saturday, April 30, 2005

O'Reilly: Wallace Best Broadcaster in American History

In his most recent column, FNC host Bill O'Reilly calls "60 Minutes" veteran Mike Wallace the best. Ever.

"Word for word, the best American broadcaster in history has to be Mike Wallace. The guy turns 87 in a few days and he's still hitting cleanup for CBS on Sunday night," he writes. "Wallace must have some kind of Dorian Gray thing going on, because he looks 25 years younger than he is, and can still put your fanny on the canvas during an interview. Here's the absolute bottom line on Mike Wallace: If you see him in a restaurant, have what he's having."

One other good line: "As everyone knows, the old school of broadcasters is closing down. Brokaw, Walters, Rather, Koppel, and maybe even Jennings are cutting back. In their place are some highly skilled people without much panache. Americans are incredibly distracted with all the new gadgets, and to get their attention, you almost have to break into their homes. The age of broadcast superstars is almost over. The age of 'Who's that, again?' is just about here.

Say what you will about his personality, but Bill O'Reilly has an intuitive feel for the medium of television.