For Better or Worse, This Bob Simon Clip Will Go Viral

Innocent comment from the mayor of Tel Aviv now casts a dark shadow

That’s because for a 2012 60 Minutes report, correspondent Simon spoke with the mayor of Tel Aviv. And during a portion of the excerpted conversations, Ron Huldai suggested to Simon that the risk-climate equivalent in the reporter’s hometown of New York City involved not missiles but potential car accidents.

Haaretz reporter Allison Kaplan Sommer has paid Simon a great compliment in her revisit of his report about her home country. She writes:

But the Simon piece I remember best is one in which he captured the Israeli character and life in the Middle East in a more complete and nuanced way than any foreign journalist I’ve seen – and with a historic view and outsider’s perspective that even gave him an edge over the local media.

It has been confirmed that Simon was not wearing a seat belt in the back of the Town Car he was being chauffeured in last night. However, that is the case with many passengers in these circumstances. RIP.

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