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'60 Minutes' slams Israeli envoy for interfering in segment, calling CBS President

Sunday's segment discussed exodus of Palestinian Christians from Jerusalem and West Bank; veteran reporter Bob Simon tells Israel's Washington envoy that he had never received a reaction to a story that hadn't been broadcast yet. By Natasha Mozgovaya

WASHINGTON - A correspondent on U.S. news program "60 Minutes" has scolded Israel's ambassador on air for trying to influence a segment by phoning the show's executive producer while reporting was still underway.

Sunday's segment discussed the exodus of Palestinian Christians from Jerusalem and West Bank cities such as Bethlehem. Veteran reporter Bob Simon tells Israel's ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, that he had never received a reaction to a story that hadn't been broadcast yet.

"There's a first time for everything, Bob," Oren said, adding that "I do that very, very infrequently as ambassador."

Oren said it seemed to him "outrageous, completely incomprehensible" that the network, CBS, was airing its story at a time when "Christian communities throughout the Middle East are being oppressed and massacred .... You got me a little bit mystified."

A senior Israeli diplomat told Haaretz that "the relationship between Israel and the Christian world is our strategic interest, and when we received several months ago information about this report and that it was planned for broadcast without any reaction by Israeli officials, Ambassador Oren did what a diplomat is supposed to do to prevent serious damage."

According to the diplomat, "The final result was simply a biased report touching on several familiar issues that should be resolved between Israel and the Palestinians."

Reactions over the blogosphere varied widely - from praises that Simon "exposed the way the Israeli government tries to silence everybody," to complaints that the story was biased as Israel said it was.


Added: Apr-26-2012 Occurred On: Apr-26-2012
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  • i wish someone could build a bomb that would just kill religious people. I would not think twice about pushing the button...this world is doomed because of evil religious people.

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    • @tvm09585 I know for certain that the athiests I look up too, like Dawkins, Dennett, Harris and even the late Hitchens would never agree with your wish to kill all religious people...And neither do I. Way to go; comments like yours give religious people valid reason to hate our side. Grow up.

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    • @Lwe5113 to each his own... I fight fire with fire. who the fuck said i have to behave like you? Keep looking up to the men that make money off of you and tell you how to act. Thats just like religion. i think you are the one that needs to do some growing up.

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    • @tvm09585 While I don't care for organized religion, as I stated in my first comment as well, but there are many, many high quality people who are very religious; great people, love their family, work their asses off at jobs, respect their neighbors, do charity work for the elderly and disadvantaged, take kids to scouting events, etc, etc. You can't possibly wish you could push a button and kill them... I don't know you but I refuse to believe you are that much of a narcissistic loser.

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    • @Lwe5113 I live in the real world lwe5113...too many evil people on this planet. you can sit around all day and think it's so nice and so many nice people are here. i want to see a change in my life time. and you know a world without religion would be a much better place. I like to take short cuts and get things right as soon as possible. these evil religious people are already bringing it on. and i mean it with all my heart that i would push the button. Not a small bomb. A bomb that would kill More..

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    • @Gene Lythgow thats all you got?

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  • No, Ambassador, you are not supposed to interfere in the free press of foreign countries. You have it all wrong.

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  • Never trust a stuttering Jew like Michael Oren. He's a Zionist Shill, he's sick and a fuck wit and he just got shot down @ 11:00 - 12:45.

    Listen to that and you'll understand why Israel wants to quell anything to do with Christianity, they are trying to wipe out the locals.

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  • So......christain AmeriKKKans hand over more of your hard earned taxes to these oppressors.....and spend more of your tourist dollars in a land christains are fleeing............

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  • This Is A Propaganda Piece

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  • It shows a 3rd story apartment building with bars on the windows
    Do you think they are there to keep Jews from coming through the window in the middle of the night and cutting their throats or muslims

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  • interesting

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  • Bend forward USA, here comes Israel.
    Have a nice day.

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  • ADD kicked in. Been very skeptical of Israel's demeanor for years.

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  • 60 Minutes never did one positive story on Israel since forever! and Bob Simon appears to have a personal vendetta against Israel.

    Here is what Bob has done:
    Just over a year ago Leslie Stahl’s 60 Minutes piece on the City of David described Israel's legitimate search for archeological artifacts as "controversial," and termed teaching Jews about their historical roots in Jerusalem as "indoctrination."

    Recall your 60 Minutes report from January 2009 – “Time Running Ou More..

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  • The Jew hater, alive and well. Unfortunately.

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    • @Surfsock
      Just doin' my job ;) lol

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    • @Gene Lythgow
      my aren't you bitter lol

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  • aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  • Why am I not surprised that the only things that israeli's are worried about is the flow of American tourist dollars and trying to keep Americans from finding out the truth. Greed, lies, subversion, propaganda and ultimately terrorism is what israel has to offer. zionists are cancer to America and Christians alike.
    Gene Lythgow are you really that ignorant that you would deny that zionists have monopolized media and publishing to obfuscate the malevolent history of genocide and subversion that More..

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  • They are surely caught up between, sad to see, and sad to know this isnt the end.

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