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If you missed last night's "60 Minutes," you missed Bob Simon's excellent piece on Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian TV star who is described as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," in large measure because Stewart inspired Youssef's style and TV show, which is a massive hit there.
Naturally, another observation did not go unsaid in the piece - what Youssef does is life-threatening. This is no mere entertainment, but a sharp stick poked at the authorities who tolerate much less on any given day. As a show of support and solidarity, Stewart appeared on Youssef's show over the summer while he was filming "Rosewater" based on the memoir of Maziar Behari, the Canadian Iranian journalist and human rights activist who was imprisoned in Iran.
Stewart appeared on last night's "60 Minutes Overtime" to offer a further assessment of Youssef....Well worth watching:
Bill Whitaker, a veteran CBS News reporter, has been named a "60 Minutes" correspondent, becoming only the second African-American correspondent in the show's history, after Ed Bradley, who died in 2006.
In a statement, Jeff Fager, "60" executive producer and chairman of CBS News said, "Bill Whitaker is one of the great veterans of CBS News. He has had a distinguished career covering just about every kind of story all over the world. Bill is a natural fit at '60 Minutes' and it’s exciting that he has agreed to join us.”
A Philadelphia native, Whitaker joined CBS in 1984, later reporting from Atlanta, and then in the network's Tokyo bureau where he covered the uprising at Tiananmen Square. He was later lead reporter on George Bush's 2000 campaign, and Mitt Romney's 2008 run. Based in Los Angeles since 1992, he has also been a frequent contributor to "Sunday Morning."
Bradley, another Philadelphia native, and a 26-year veteran of "60," was among television news' respected and honored correspondents over his long run at CBS.
(By the way, this question may come up so just to answer: Byron Pitts, who has appeared on "60" numerous times, was not officially a "correspondent" for the show, but a contributor - the difference is considerable. There have been many "contributors" to "60" over the years, but very very few "60 Minutes" correspondents.)
Jay Leno is in the news, you may have heard -- specifically "60 Minutes" on Sunday, where he talks about The Transition -- Jimmy Fallon to "The Tonight Show."
Meanwhile, on Tuesday's "Tonight," Adam Sandler joked about Jay joining Fox when he wraps his quarter-century run at "Tonight" in a couple of weeks. (In fact, Jay's first appearance on "Tonight" was way back in 1977.) Jay was not particularly amused.
Of course, we have clips:
"60 Minutes" tomorrow night - at an 8 p.m. start - will lead with A-Rod: Show says it has specifics on Major League Baseball's case against the suspended (162 games) Yankee. Details from the press release, and the "he" refers to Anthony Bosch of Biogenisis...
- [Bosch] personally delivered banned substances, including testosterone, insulin-like growth factor 1 and human growth hormone to Rodriguez at least a dozen times and Rodriguez paid him $12,000 a month in cash
- He personally injected Rodriguez because “Alex is scared of needles, so at times, he would ask me to inject.”
- Rodriguez’s mission was to hit 800 home runs and that the Yankee slugger asked him for what he gave MLB superstar Manny Ramirez, a former Bosch client.
-Text messages obtained by "60 Minutes" between him and Rodriguez indicate that at times they communicated daily about the substances the slugger took on his “protocol.”
- Says Rodriguez associates intimidated him to try to prevent him from cooperating with MLB in its investigation of the Yankee third baseman. MLB [tells Scott] Pelley that he believes the threats Bosch says he received could be legitimate. “The concerns seemed credible, particularly given that he identified individuals that we had our own concerns about.”