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.