Buffalo Reacts to Mo Rocca’s Millard Fillmore Piece

Two weeks ago on Super Bowl Sunday, CBS Sunday Morning’s Mo Rocca celebrated the 50th anniversary of the chicken wing from the delicacy’s culinary birthplace – Buffalo. This morning, the roving correspondent was back in the area for a Presidents Day weekend look at 13th POTUS Millard Fillmore (1850-55).

There’s no doubt the Fillmore piece is the better of the two. It may also, under the test of its own time and buttressed by the greater gravitas of the subject matter, stand as one of Rocca’s most artfully realized video essays.

On Twitter, Broadway press agent Joe Perrotta and a couple of Fillmore home region-connected folks were quick to voice their concerns about the impact on Buffalo’s PR image of Rocca’s look at the questionable legacy of this largely forgotten Commander-in-Chief:

Others, including local reporters Nancy Fischer and Ed Drantch, chose to take more of a “glass half Fillmore” view. Buffalo News blogger Alan Pergament gave Rocca’s report the quick stamp of review-approval. And he is absolutely right when he notes that the success of the piece had a lot to do with the “Western New Yorkers who went along for the ride.” Like any Hall of Fame Daily Show report, half the fun this morning was watching people like Millard Fillmore House curator Kathy Frost dish back the deadpan.

Previously on Mediabistro:
So What Do You Do, Mo Rocca, CBS Correspondent and Cooking Channel Host?

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