Walking Out on 60 Minutes: A Time-Honored Tradition

This past weekend, 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was interviewing “Curve Ball,” the notorious Iraq defector whose fabrications about his country’s supposed “weapons of mass destruction” played a large part in the US decision to go to war. But Rafiq Ahmed Alwan wasn’t happy with Simon’s pressing him for “the whole truth,” and ended the interview abruptly by standing up, shaking Simon’s hand, and saying, “Until next time.” (See that interview here.)

60 Minutes has a long tradition of “walk-offs,” as it happens, and not all of its stonewallers are nearly as polite as Mr. Curve Ball. CBS has compiled a video of the program’s best and most dramatic pull-off-the-microphone moments, starring French President Sarkozy, the late Senator Moynihan, Edward Teller (the father of the H-bomb), and others. Enjoy:

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Lauren Kirchner is a freelance writer covering digital security for CJR. Find her on Twitter at @lkirchner