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Morley Safer

Morley Safer dies at 84: A reluctant voice on camera, he changed television news

Morley Safer dies at 84: A reluctant voice on camera, he changed television news

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...

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