Excerpt from Chapter Seven - 60 Minutes and Mike Wallace

On March 10, 2002, the television news program 60 Minutes aired a story about the American Red Cross. This was on the eve of the six-month anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. Because this is a “News” show, the public believes what it watches. The story portrayed the American Red Cross in a negative light, focusing on challenges faced with regard to fundraising for September 11, for San Diego wildfires, and more. The information presented was both outdated and inaccurate. I was deeply affected and wrote a letter to Mr. Wallace at 60 Minutes. Here are portions of the letter I sent.

 

"Dear Mr. Wallace:

Re: March 10, 2002, American Red Cross on 60 Minutes

I am personally responsible for having helped some of the victims of the September 11th tragedy. I am only one of over 45,000 volunteers to help since September 11th. From October 1st through the 21st I volunteered my time side-by-side with a gentleman from American Samoa, a woman from Canada, and an 87-year old woman from Washington State, and countless others. I took three weeks of my personal vacation time from work to spend it contacting the victims’ families. I spoke with families who lost loved ones at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and on the airlines."

In this chapter of the book I share the letter I sent to Mr. Wallace and the phone call I received from Mike Wallace in reply to my letter.