Artist’s impression of Oprah’s next big scoop.
A source close to Oprah Winfrey
has confirmed exclusively to The Daily Quarterly that the former queen of the daytime talk show has gotten her interviewing juices flowing again after breaking the story to the entire world that perhaps maybe seven of the last dozen or so Tour de France bicycle races might have been won by a cheater.
“She was really stoked to be the first journalist in the world to get the scoop that perhaps those wins were tainted,” the source said. “Being able to bring that sort of scandal to the forefront, especially in a sport like cycling, which is so universally respected and looked at to be such a clean sport that other professional sports looked up to, it really got her going.”
The source said Oprah was really proud of the recent interview, and was almost as excited to do that sit-down as she was when she interviewed author James Frey and was the first person in the world to suspect that Frey’s book, “A Million Little Pieces” wasn’t all it was purported to be. Oprah famously took Frey and the book’s editor, Nan Talese, to task on her show, and exposed the book as fiction to the entire viewing world, stunning anybody who’d read the book.
This week’s TDQ Tech features a Grindery piece about rapper/nutrition expert 50 Cent’s efforts to enhance his energy drink product, and a fantastic bit of undercover investigative journalism that would have made Mike Wallace proud, if he understood anything about technology.
One day we might do some undercover investigative journalism. It looks pretty cool, like James Bond and stuff, but it looks like it might be a lot of work. That kind of frightens us.
You are now technologically informed. Go and do likewise.
New Canaan, CT—
Mike Wallace, right, sits with Brian DiMaio, left, on the set of The Daily Quarterly TV Magazine. The Daily Quarterly was one of the first to bring the magazine format to television broadcasting. The assumption was that reading would not be very popular in the future.
Investigative journalistic icon Mike Wallace died at a care facility Saturday night. He was 93.
Wallace began his career in the 1940s as a radio entertainer, and then hosted game shows on TV in the 1950s before deciding in the early 1960s to focus solely on journalism. He was the first hire, and would go on to become the biggest star, on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” in 1968.
Known for his intense, confrontational interviews, Wallace would do pieces for “60 Minutes” on many controversial, polarizing figures such as Louis Farrakhan, Yasser Arafat, Moammar Gadhafi and Barbara Streisand, as well as seven US presidents. He left the program in 2006 after 37 years.