On Wednesday evening, NBC anchor Brian Williams apologized for his claim that he was on board a helicopter that was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq. The lie came to light after NBC Nightly News aired a segment where Williams took a soldier to a New York Rangers game. The soldier, US Army Command Sergeant Major Tim Terpak, was credited with being “‘responsible for the safety of Brian Williams and his NBC News team after their Chinook helicopter was hit and crippled by enemy fire’ during the invasion of Iraq,” according to the New York Times. When the segment was posted to Facebook, Lance Reynolds, who served as the helicopter’s flight engineer, posted the comment: “Sorry dude, I don’t remember you being on my aircraft.”
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1. Known for his confrontational interview style, Mike Wallace, one of the original correspondents and hosts of 60 Minutes, died over the weekend at age of 93. “Wallace took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” explained former colleague Morley Safer. “He characterized himself as ‘nosy and insistent.’… Read More
According to the New York Times, CBS News commentator and America’s most well-loved curmudgeon Andy Rooney died last night “after complications following minor surgery.” He was 92 years old. Until this past October, Rooney had appeared on CBS’s 60 Minutes every week from 1978 to 2011, usually ending the program with light and… Read More
1. A London coroner has ruled that Amy Winehouse died from drinking too much alcohol — not from withdrawal, as was originally thought — and in fact, she had consumed 4.5 times more than the legal limit for driving in the UK at her time of death. [via The Daily Beast]
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1. Yesterday, Mitchell Hurwitz told an audience at the New Yorker Festival that Arrested Development may be returning to the small screen as soon as next fall; according to Inside TV, producers are currently in talks with both Showtime and Netflix about “airing a limited number of original episodes that will update fans… Read More
In his more than 1000 broadcasts over the past 33 years, we’ve rarely heard about what 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney likes — in fact, only ice cream and natural eyebrows immediately come to mind. But we’ll be the first to admit that watching him wax poetic about his favorite things wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining as listening to him rant — often nonsensically — about what most of us take for granted as byproducts of progress. Plus, it would make playing the Andy Rooney Game a lot much less fun. Click through to watch some of the most curmudgeonly segments we could find, and be sure to tune in this Sunday night if you’re interested in seeing his last regular appearance on the show.
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Andy Rooney, the commentator for CBS’s 60 Minutes‘ opinion segment since 1978, will be retiring from the show. CBS News made the announcement that the 92-year old will be leaving after he completes his 1,097th installment this Sunday night. Rooney is expected to share the news with his viewers, after which the show will air a retrospective of his long career with the network. Rooney has said before that he would work at CBS until he shuffled off this mortal coil. “How long am I going to work? How long am I going to live? That’s the question. I will work until I drop, or until I lose my head. Until somebody tells me different, I’m not going to quit,” he once mused. CBS News chairman and executive producer Jeff Fager has reassured that Rooney, ” … will always have the ability to speak his mind on 60 Minutes when the urge hits him.” Hopefully the urge doesn’t hit him too hard, since the TV personality has grown increasingly cranky with each passing year. With him goes the last of the great TV curmudgeons. A fine example: in the video below, Andy gets cranky about contemporary/public art.
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