Video was shown of Don Hewitt and others roasting him, including former Senator Robert Dole and former President Clinton. [1][5] Hewitt's family moved to Boston, Massachusetts, shortly after his birth, where his father worked as a classified advertising manager for the Boston Herald American. They poked fun at various aspects of his…, President Obama delivered his weekly address. Once you spoke about buying a network, or buying a news division…in a minute. [5] His father was a Jewish immigrant from Russia, and his mother's family was of German Jewish descent. . (Laughter), Heffner: But what I really mean is that just as I would trust you, and just as I think I would trust me…not quite so far…, Heffner: …I don’t know about the other guy, across the street…. Don Hewitt. Hewitt: You know (Laughter), you know the great line…somebody said…you mentioned Tom Brokaw. THE OPEN MINDHost: Richard D. HeffnerGuests: Don HewittTitle: ”60 Minutes with Don Hewitt” Part IIVTR: 11/13/92. He said, “that was Charlie Mack, and Marty Barnett, [they were cameramen]”. Few thoughtful viewers would disagree. Hewitt: No, I would think that if CBS is more interested in money, the $60, $0 million dollar profit we make every year, then they are in the fact that we’ve won the Columbia DuPont Gold Baton and the University of Missouri Journalism Award and last week, the Walter Cronkite Journalism School in Arizona and Southern California, and the Lowell Thomas’ Award…I, I don’t think that…that means a lot to me, I’m not sure it means much to them. [2] Under Hewitt's leadership, 60 Minutes was the only news program ever rated the nation's top-ranked television program, an achievement it accomplished five times. A number of prominent media and… "[3] In 1956, Hewitt was the only one to capture on film the final moments of the SS Andrea Doria as it sank and disappeared under the water. He did more harm to this country with his S&L connections than Noriega ever did with his drug connections. Hewitt: (Laughter) No, I’m asking you. He talked about actions taken by his administration to combat the swine…, We’ve been invaded by lobbyists…they sit and they, they occupy Capitol Hill. [3] Hewitt produced the first televised presidential debate in 1960.[4]. In 60 Minutes, Part II (2001)",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Mary Weaver (1945–1963; divorced; 2 children). So, would you go back to the Fairness Doctrine? I, I think it’s been made better by the inclusion, or the, the hiring of Tom Johnson from, from the LA Times, and the whole Times-Mirror group, who I think has done a great job. "Life and Career of Don Hewitt", April 5, 1994, Radio Television Digital News Association, Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, "Don Hewitt, Creator, First Producer of '60 Minutes,' Dies at 86", "CBS Wants '60 Minutes' Chief To Hand Over the Stopwatch", "Don Hewitt, Creator of '60 Minutes,' Dies at 86", "Don Hewitt, Creator of 60 Minutes,' Dies at 86",, "At '60 Minutes,' Independence Led to Trouble, Investigators Say", "CBS News pioneer Don Hewitt, who invented '60s Minutes' dies at 86", "Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication", "The Open Mind - Tell Me A Story . Heffner: But they had already offered that to him? Died: August 19, 2009 (aged 86) Bridgehampton, New York, United States. [11], In 2018, an internal CBS investigation found that in the 1990s Hewitt had been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a former CBS employee over a period of years. Who knows where it’s going to end. We were very, very close friends at the end. Ed Murrow decided that maybe the atmosphere in which grew up at CBS had changed…he was mostly feuding with Frank Stanton, he was sore as hell about Stanton complaining about this “Person to Person” shows, and Ed left. Hewitt: Well, I think that the problem is that there are no Bill Paleys or David Sarnoffs, and Leonard Goldensons around anymore, who…or Frank Stantons, or Bob Kintners…who believed very strongly that this was a public trust, and that the Ed Murrows and the Eric Sevareids were given the job, and the Howard Smiths, and the Charles Collingwoods…and the Walter Cronkites…of, of being the public watchdog because these guys felt like they were…they had an obligation in return for the airwaves they used. Hewitt attended New York University and started his journalism career in 1942 as head copyboy for the New York Herald Tribune. I learned a valuable lesson there. Well, that’s the way I began our last program, and then Don Hewitt and I just went at it. Pretty good. In 2001, PublicAffairs published Tell Me a Story: Fifty Years and 60 Minutes in Television (ISBN 1586480170), in which Hewitt chronicles his life as a newsman. No, I’d take newt Minow tomorrow. I mean I, I think that’s what you’ve been talking about here, I mean…. We should have sent troops to California to capture Alan Cranston and bring him back to Washington and try him. I think so. I’d sell news. I think the worst scandal of my lifetime was not Watergate, it was not Iran-contra, and it was not Iraq-gate, it wasn’t even Teapot Dome…it was the Gulf of Tonkin. Heffner: So you’re being non-partisan in your approach to…, Hewitt: Oh yeah. Heffner: I don’t know whether there’s an element of sadness in your voice when you say, “it’s a business, they’re all businesses”…. You talk…the real watchdogs then were Moss and Fulbright, who…and if you go back and you read the cable traffic, you find…we probably were never attacked that night in the Gulf of Tonkin…we were looking for an excuse to bomb North Vietnam, and a lot of Americans have been screwed up ever since. Hewitt was portrayed in the film by Philip Baker Hall. Heffner: So it really comes down to the guy you trust. I mean we survived Watergate, we survived Iran, we survived Iraq-gate…we almost didn’t’ survive the Gulf of Tonkin. I mean if, if you’re going to regulate what goes over the airwaves…I mean the New York Herald Tribune goes over the airwaves, that’s how they publish it all over the world. Heffner: Ah, but, Don, you can rise above you. Hewitt: Yeah. Heffner: You think it was really just personalities? But, if those things didn’t’ happen in government…the government would be the watchdog. Heffner: …of what Murrow and Friendly had done. This Peck’s Bad Boy of broadcast news produced and directed the nation’s first televised Presidential debate way back in 1960, that initial, clearly fateful exchange between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. Even when “60 Minutes” gets me so incredibly hot under the collar – sore as I can be at what I think is unfairness by selective editing – I still struggle each week never to miss it, though the little black box generally holds less and less attraction for me each year. To this day I have no idea why. There’s a lot of myth about a lot of that baloney, you know. Within ten years, the show reached the top 10 in viewership, a position it maintained for 21 of the following 22 seasons, until the 1999–2000 season.[3]. Lyndon Johnson pulled a “fast one” on this country, and got us to go to war in Vietnam which maybe came as close as anything ever happened to being the undoing of this country. Heffner: Okay, a minute and a half left…let me go back to the first question of the first program that I said I wouldn’t ask…what are you going to do when you grow up? Right? Dayan shut up. Hewitt: Yeah, and all he said to Fred was “Go give McCarthy equal time”. A number of prominent media and political figures spoke, making jokes … But you see, it’s just like you said…who? Hewitt: Yeah. Heffner: Okay. Hewitt: More of the same, I hope. A roast of Don Hewitt, the creator of CBS’s "60 Minutes", was held to benefit the Spina Bifida Association. Use the 'Report' link on … Hewitt was born in New York City, New York, the son of Frieda (née Pike) and Ely S. Hewitt (changed from Hurwitz or Horowitz). You know, we went…we sent troops to Panama…to kidnap Manuel Noriega and bring him back and try him. Anyway, I’m only kidding you. But I don’t think the country feels that they can trust the government to be a watchdog in anything. Born December 14, 1922. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. [1], In January 2010, 60 Minutes dedicated an entire show to the story and memory of Don Hewitt. And I’m sure there are things that drive people up the wall. You, you…you know, you work for these guys you better put some bread on the table. Well, I don’t know how old I was, but…how old I am…but I always assume I’m somewhere in my 30s, and as long as I think I’m in the 30s, I…it’s going to end. News is a very saleable commodity. That the pain in Paley’s belly…what a wonderful picture…, Heffner: …that the pain in Paley’s belly was the unfairness, the imbalance…. Right? Heffner: Okay, but let’s take this “bread on the table”…, Heffner: Don, I don’t understand what you’re saying, seriously, because I, I have the sense, either I’m not hearing…or you may be somewhat contradicting yourself. And if the business is going to fail there’s no place for the Murrows to broadcast. You know I know why “See It Now” went off the air, the first time. I mean I was in the room with him when he died. Scripps Company-owned photo agency ACME Newspictures, which was later merged into co-owned news service United Press[7][8], Soon he received a lucrative offer at the CBS television network, which was seeking someone who had "picture experience" to help with production of television broadcast. Heading into the election the incumbent is Democrat Denny Heck, who was first elected in 2012.Heck ran for lieutenant governor, leaving the seat open.. Marilyn Strickland (D) and Beth Doglio (D) advanced from the top-two primary on August 4, 2020. Hewitt: (Laughter) I know, but you don’ t say which old friend. It, it was the specter of Hitler…Joe McCarthy was the specter of Hitler (laughter)…the fact that Ed Murrow could chop him into little bits in front of the whole country. Be Nice. Newt Minow…yes. You know, I remember you watched Anwar Sadat get assassinated. Heffner: Okay, that’s the point. I think if government weren’t involved in Iran-gates, and Iraq-gates, and Watergates, maybe they would be government…you know elected officials would be the preferred watchdog. You either know how to be “fair” or you don’t know how to be “fair”, and if you didn’t know how to be fair Bill Paley would have kicked you out of the building.

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