When someone like Mike Wallace dies, you feel the loss.
That's because the CBS "60 Minutes" newsman, who died at 93 after a long illness, fearlessly practiced a level of rigorous stand-up journalism that rarely exists anymore. Few institutions–even "60 Minutes" itself, which keeps on ticking, still compelling and watchable every Sunday– are willing to fight the power the way Wallace did, week after week, year after year, decade after decade.
He will be missed. Who else is as well-researched and demanding? You tell me. Next to him folks like Keith Olbermann look like featherweights.