New York ran into 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer at last night’s Feast of Love screening, and there was a vague sense of embarrassment for having just watched a movie with so much sexing alongside with an elder statesman of journalism. But Morley is a salty elder statesman of journalism, it turns out! “What’s wrong with nudity?” Safer bellowed. “Look, I’d rather watch nudity than violence. A famous director once told me, ‘A tit never killed anyone.’” Ha — it’s always so delightful when the senior citizens say “tit”! Tell us more!
We asked which director had given such sage tit advice, but Morley walked away. Sigh. But wait! He was back! It was time to ask a serious question: “Is it necessary for Katie Couric to be in Iraq?” New York asked the Vietnam War correspondent. “I think if you’re a young reporter, and to me she’s a young reporter, it’s certainly important to be where a major story is happening,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Katie Couric going to Iraq and doing a perfectly good job. I think there’s something terribly wrong with the bullshit hype that’s surrounding it,” he said. “Bullshit hype!” he said again. And then he was gone, disappearing into the night like a mysterious sage, or maybe an angry old sailor. —Jada Yuan