>> And behind me, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China.>> Just a few days after his retirement, legendary TV journalist Morley Safer, a mainstay on CBS's 60 Minutes has died at the age of 84. Safer, who spent 61 years in television news, brought an authoritative, urbane style to 60 Minutes and his work was a mix of hard and soft news.
>> I thought 60 Minutes was a high class show.>> CBS said Safer changed war reporting forever with his work in Vietnam.>> God damn it, we're in the middle of these guys! We seem to be pinned down by snipers.>> In a 1966 report he showed shocking images of US Marines burning the village of Camnay.
That infuriated President Johnson so much that he called CBS executives to complain. That report was widely seen as one of the first to turn public opinion against the Vietnam War. Safer also delivered deep investigative pieces on injustice, corporate malfeasance, and trading human body parts among a raft of other subjects.
The part time painter also often reported on art and his disdain for contemporary works.>> It's a white rectangle.>> Right.>> Often send ripples through the art world.>> I'm Morley Safer. I'm Morley Safer. I'm Morley Safer.>> He joined 60 Minutes in 1970, and eventually became one of TV's most enduring stars.
Safer announced his retirement from the show last week. In a statement CBS CEO, Les Moonves said that Safer was, quote, one of the most important journalists in any medium. Adding he was also, quote, a gentleman, a scholar, and great raconteur.>> Morley Safer, CBS News, Li Ming.