06/26/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Tom Wolfe Praises Print, Calls Dan Rather And Other TV Journalists "Idiots"

The New York Post's Page Six reports an interesting tidbit from last week's Charlie Rose show featuring Tom Wolfe: the legendary author praised the merits of print journalism and slammed TV journalists, Dan Rather in particular, proclaiming them, "Idiots!"

From Page Six:

"As newspapers are declining rapidly . . . I would just point out, all news today comes from newspapers. All of it," the "Bonfire of the Vanities" author told Charlie Rose the other night. "Television has never initiated a successful story in its life. When they have a big story, it's always wrong." He cited as an example Dan Rather's bogus story about George W. Bush's National Guard service and declared, "Idiots!"

Watch the video of Wolfe's appearance below (quotes above come about 7 minutes in), which includes, to be fair, Wolfe's admission that "60 Minutes" does do "some excellent reporting":