5 Standout Barbara Walters Interviews
Walters says goodbye to TV news after 50 years
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2014 10:45 AM CDT
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(Newser) – When Barbara Walters signs off from The View today, it will mark her farewell to television—at least as a regular—after a 50-year career. For a woman who started out hawking dog food on camera to one that reeled in the most viewers of any single news program ever (that would be the almost 50 million who watched her interview Monica Lewinsky in 1999), her career has been a long and remarkable one. As the New York Times puts it, "it's hard to imagine a single newscaster again holding so much sway over the culture"—which shows both Walters' pull as well as the changing media landscape. It may be goodbye, but we'll always have the interviews. Here are five of her more notable ones, courtesy of ABC News.

  1. Monica Lewinsky: The former White House intern broke her silence on her affair with President Bill Clinton in an interview that aired March 4, 1999.
  2. Fidel Castro: In an interview that aired June 9, 1977, Walters talked to Cuban President Fidel Castro as the pair crossed the Bay of Pigs.
  3. Vladimir Putin: Walters sat down with Putin in an interview airing November 7, 2001, marking the Russian president's first chat with an American journalist since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
  4. Tom Cruise: Everyone remembers Cruise's couch-jumping on The Oprah Winfrey Show, but he explained his bizarre behavior to Walters in 2005; he said he had no regrets.
  5. Bashar al-Assad: In 2011 Walters nabbed the Syrian president's first interview with a US journalist after the Syrian uprising began, in which he denied ordering a deadly crackdown on protesters.
Click here for more of her best interviews ... or here for some of her worst.

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May 20, 2014 3:16 PM CDT
Barbara is one savvy cookie. I hear all of you about her affair with Senator Brooke. Be sure of this: She did not do it for publicity. Barbara is a very private person. She either did it as a public confession (remember, she subsequently had serious heart surgery); or she did it because some wild reporter got wind of it and she did not want the type of criticism that the media can draw (dragging on for days and days). She simply made a chess move. I want to give Barbara her props. Nobody knew about her pain and abuse while trying to establish herself as the remarkable journalist she is. She kept all that gritty stuff silent for years. Harry Reasoner was a rat bag and he did it on her before the camera and frequently so the rest of his good old boy friends could enjoy a laugh. Chauvenist! Barbara is a very strong woman and managed to restrain herself and retain the level of professionalism she was comfortable with. BARBARA... salute!
May 17, 2014 2:29 PM CDT
I lost all respect for Walters after she bragged about having sex with a married Senator Ed Brooke. All she is a high priced you know what.
May 17, 2014 12:47 PM CDT
I lost all respect for Walters when it became known she went to bed with Senator Ed Brooke from Mass. Walters knew he was a married man at the time. Walters is nothing but a whore.