60 Minutes expose on Haiti cancelled - 1981

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60 Minutes expose on Haiti cancelled - 1981 - WASHINGTON — The television hit "60 Minutes"...
WASHINGTON — The television hit "60 Minutes" fully deserves its reputation as a bold investigative show that specializes in the butchery of sacred cows. It has championed the abused against institutionalized greed and violence. Yet one of the program's superstars, Mike Wallace, killed an expose of conditions in the poverty- stricken dictatorship of Haiti because he has in-laws living there. His wife, Lorraine, owns a home in the hills above Port-au-Prince. Her first cousin, Nancy Chenet, lives on the island with her Haitian husband and their three children. The family also owns a small Haitian arts and crafts store, called "Ambiance." Over his wife's objections, Wallace did a tough, no-punches- pulled .report on Haiti several years ago. But when he learned that his co-star, Morley Safer, was planning an update a few weeks ago, Wallace protested to his col' league and the story was dropped. In a 1972 edition of "60 Minutes" Wallace treaded fearlessly on the toes of the late Francois "Papa Doc" Duvaiier, and his son Jean- Claude "Baby Doc" Duvaiier, who became his successor. There were some "unlovely facts" that needed reporting, Wallace said. And he went on to report them. He used words like "savagery" and "bloody" to describe life under the Duvaliers. Then, a few weeks ago, Safer prepared a prospectus for a new report on Haiti. He planned to go to Haiti himself to film the show. Wallace learned of his colleague's proposal and implored Safer not to do the show. As Wallace remembers the incident, his wife had told him: "I beg you, don't do one on Haiti. Because of my family. You have the rest of the world. Lay off Haiti." He said his wife's relatives were subjected to "pressure" from the Haitian government after his 1972 show. "I can't ask you not to," Wallace said he told Safer, "but the family asked me not to." He said Safer

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  1. The Kokomo Tribune,
  2. 27 Feb 1981, Fri,
  3. Page 6

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