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On PBS’s sparkling cider of a series, Fame in the 20th Century, host Clive James averred that celebrity is a byproduct of the camera close-up. He obviously didn’t see the 60 Minutes interview with Whoopi Goldberg, which was reshown last week. The segment employed a mystifying, magnifying, unflattering extreme close-up of Whoopi, a kind of microscopic view only a far-sighted dermatologist could love. Whoa, 60 Minutes, back off! That was a closer look at Whoopi—or anyone else—than I really care to see.