But my father's view of Mike Wallace as a righter of wrongs was actually Mike Wallace's and CBS News' way of presenting the presenter, too. Wallace might be brutish to particular unpleasant characters in gray flannel suits or their directors, but he had no interest in portraying class reality in the US other than in terms of victims and crusaders.
With Wallace as the crusader.
Judging from the NYT obit I repost below, the important people whom Wallace made more important by his interest in them will be the ones to miss him. The obituarist cannot completely conceal the fact that most of Wallace's colleagues probably thought he was a egomaniacal backstabbing story thief and all-round double-dealer. But why should not journalists of capitalist enterprises reflect the values of the system within which they are incubated?
After all, CBS News for decades portrayed itself as free of corporate interference. What was there to interfere with?