Bob Simon 60 Minutes reporter was killed in a traffic accident in NYC this week .He was 73.
He was one of the few whoever did a truthful story about the horrendous injustice in Israel. He focused on Christians in the West Bank. And in the amen corner the paid liars for Israel went ballistic.
The following is a classic piece of obfuscation and weasledom by the Israeli ambassador who tried to kill the story.If Canadians ever heard honest reporting on Israel they’d be stunned. So far it has not happened.Nor will it in official papers where self-censorship reigns when it comes to Israel.Rick Salutin reminded us in today’s Star that that paper was the only daily in Canada which did not support Harper and his wrecking crew. You are not about to read anything critical about Israel in these papers.
Bob Simon speaks:
Whenever someone calls you by your first name when you’re interviewing them, as in “let me tell you what really happened Morley,” chances are he’s lying. Honest subjects addressed him as “Mr. Safer.” If you want to make sure you’re not being lied to, do what I’ve done over the last two and a half years, do animal stories.”
Simon’s “gotcha moment” in the Palestinian Christians story is when he challenged then Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren over his attempts to kill the story by going to the head of CBS News. Not surprisingly, Oren calls Simon “Bob”:
According to Israeli government figures, tourism is a multi billion dollar business there. Most tourists are Christian. Many of them are American. That’s one reason why Israelis are very sensitive about their image in the United States. And that could be why Ambassador Oren phoned Jeff Fager, the head of CBS News and executive producer of 60 Minutes, while we were still reporting the story, long before tonight’s broadcast. He said he had information our story was quote: “a hatchet job.”
Michael Oren( israeli ambassador): It seemed to me outrageous. Completely incomprehensible that at a time when these communities, Christian communities throughout the Middle East are being oppressed and massacred, when churches are being burnt, when one of the great stories in history is unfolding? I think it’s– I think it’s– I think you got me a little bit mystified.
Bob Simon: And it was a reason to call the president of– chairman of CBS News?
Michael Oren: Bob, I’m the ambassador of the State of Israel. I do that very, very infrequently as ambassador. It’s just– that’s an extraordinary move for me to complain about something. When I heard that you were going to do a story about Christians in the Holy Land and my assum– and– and had, I believe, information about the nature of it, and it’s been confirmed by this interview today.
Bob Simon: Nothing’s been confirmed by the interview, Mr. Ambassador, because you don’t know what’s going to be put on air.
Michael Oren: Okay. I don’t. True.
Bob Simon: Mr. Ambassador, I’ve been doing this a long time. And I’ve received lots of reactions from just about everyone I’ve done stories about. But I’ve never gotten a reaction before from a story that hasn’t been broadcast yet.
Michael Oren: Well, there’s a first time for everything, Bob.