- Associated Press - Monday, April 9, 2012

Reaction to the death of longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace:

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“He loved being Mike Wallace. He loved the fact that if he showed up for an interview, it made people nervous. … He knew, and he knew that everybody else knew, that he was going to get to the truth. And that’s what motivated him.” _ CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager.

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“His extraordinary contribution as a broadcaster is immeasurable and he has been a force within the television industry throughout its existence. His loss will be felt by all of us at CBS.” _ CBS Corp. President and CEO Leslie Moonves.

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“Mike was an old school journalist and one of the most astute people I’ve ever met. The news business will be a different place now, and our lives will be forever changed for having known him.” _ Former first lady Nancy Reagan.

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“Mike was a great friend and a mentor to me. He even gave me a compliment once, and he was one of the real pioneers in television journalism.” _ “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer.

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“Wallace took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” _ “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer, in an essay about Wallace.

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“I don’t recall anybody ever saying to me, `He took a cheap shot’ or `he did the obvious,’ or that he was, you know, was playing some kind of game. He actually was trying to serve the audience and that’s what made him great.” _ Fox News Channel Chairman Roger Ailes.

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“Every Sunday night, America tuned in to see what questions he would ask and who would be exposed to his hard-charging quest for the truth. Mike’s tough questioning inspired generations of journalists.” _ ABC News President Ben Sherwood.

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