In his mind, Morley Safer wasn’t a television newsman. He didn’t have an affinity for the camera and, in fact, admits he simply wasn’t fond of it. He was a reporter, and telling a story was all he wanted to do.
“I really don’t like being on television,” Safer confessed last week in what amounted to an exit interview that aired in an episode-length tribute to his work on “60 Minutes.”
“It is not natural to be talking to a piece of machinery.”
With a craggy, time-weathered face, cigarette-burnished voice and a deep well of elegant yet unsparingly economical turns of phrase at his command, Safer produced a body of work spanning more than 60 years that casts a long shadow in...