Thursday’s news that CBS newsman Morley Safer had died at 84 — a week after announcing his retirement from “60 Minutes” — has triggered mourning for Safer’s style of journalism as well.On social media, many are noting Safer’s legacy of reflective and investigative reporting, and wondering: “Does it still survive?”
CBS News made the announcement:
“Morley Safer, the CBS newsman who changed war reporting forever when he showed GIs burning the huts of Vietnamese villagers and went on to become the iconic 60 Minutes correspondent whose stylish stories on America’s most-watched news program made him one of television’s most enduring stars, died today in Manhattan. He was 84. He had homes in Manhattan and Chester, Conn.”
On Facebook, Ed Berliner said: “Another blow to serious and respectable journalism as we mourn the loss of Morley Safer.”
Keith Chadwick said: “He represents the last of his bread in my opinion and should be all modern days journalist goal to reach his caliber and writing.”
Colorado newscaster Kyle Clark noted: “If you measure a journalist’s career by the powerful people and institutions they are unafraid to aggravate, Morley Safer was a giant. Blacklisted by the Pentagon and the Museum of Modern Art. We should all aspire to his standard.”
Robert Tingley said: “Today’s media should be viewed with nothing but scorn and disgust. They offer nothing but a platform for promoting a particular agenda. I believe the older generation such as Mr. Safer were actual journalists.”
And Michael Hackmer wrote: “Today, media outlets place their most important reporting into the hands of under-educated and biased newbies who seek to promote their personal and corporate agendas to the audiece. The country truly loses something special every time people like Safer pass away.”
Safer is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jane, one daughter, Sarah Bakal, her husband, Alexander Bakal, three grandchildren, a sister, and brother, both of Toronto. Funeral arrangements are private. A memorial service will be announced at a later date, CBS said.
Luminaries including Katie Couric and Suzanne Somers also weighed in.
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