But the forced resignation of the show's creator and a series of credibility gaps, the latest being the saga of Dan Rather and apparently forged documents about President Bush's National Guard years, has many observers wondering if the show has permanently lost its edge.
Hear author David Blum, who had unprecedented access to the show's inner sanctum, reveal what he observed, both positive and negative, and describes what he thinks the future holds for "60 Minutes."
David Blum, author of "Tick...Tick...Tick," contributor to the New York Times Magazine and professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Peg Tyre, media critic, Newsweek magazine and former CNN reporter.
This program aired on September 24, 2004.