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‘With All the Trash on TV These Days the Quality of War Coverage is Astonishing’

bobsimonIn his 47 years at CBS News, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon has covered 35 overseas conflicts: from Vietnam to Iraq. In 1991, he was held captive by Iraqi forces for 40 days during the first Persian Gulf War. With 25 Emmys and four Peabodys, he’s the most honored American foreign correspondent. And tonight he adds one more honor to the shelf: the Overseas Press Club’s highest honor, the President’s Award. Simon talked with Newsday’s Verne Gay about the honor, and a career full of fighting.

Why a career in battlefield reporting?
Simon: “A sort of pathology. A lot of it becomes an adrenalin addiction. That’s why so many people, when they retire, drop dead…”

What do you think of the coverage now?
Simon: “The people going out there were as good and as suicidal as we ever were. And look even at the networks or news organizations that tend to be extremist when they’re covering this country, they’re a lot better [covering international crises.] With all the trash that’s on TV these days … the quality and courage of people doing the war coverage is astonishing. I think Syria is more dangerous than anything I ever covered. The people who go into cover that are really taking their lives into their own hands. I was never scared being shot at as I was taken hostage, but that happens all the time in Syria.

Ever cover another war?
Simon: “No, because I have a grandson now.”

When do you plan to hang it up, if ever?
Simon: “When I can no longer remember my name…”

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The P.M. Ticker: NSA, ’60,’ Rapid…

  • Tonight on FNC’s “Special Report” Bret Baier has an exit interview with outgoing NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander. Baier asks Alexander what the NSA really has in terms of personal emails or content in their databases.

  • 11.3 million people watched Sunday’s “60 Minutes” making it the 6th most-watched show of the week, up +8% over the same night last year. Scott Pelley went inside the Boston bombing manhunt with the FBI agents in charge, Bob Simon reported on notorious European gem thieves, and Morley Safer had a feature on The New Yorker cartoons.

  • CNBC has launched CNBC Rapid Update, which offers a new measure of how much an economic report changes the outlook on Wall Street. Moody’s Analytics is providing the data. Steve Liesman will lead the coverage.

The Ticker: YouTube Suit, Boston Run, ’60′ Win

  • Google and Viacom announced the resolution of a 7-year-old lawsuit. Viacom sued YouTube for $1 billion in 2007 alleging 160,000 unauthorized Viacom clips were on YouTube. “This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together,” a joint statement reveals.

  • “Today” co-anchor Natalie Morales will run the Boston Marathon next month and is training alongside Carmen Acabbo, who’ll be running the race she wasn’t able to finish last year. This morning Morales talked about why she’s running.

  • “60 Minutes” was the 5th most-watched broadcast network show last week. Averaging 11.26 million viewers, Sunday’s show featured Bob Simon’s profile of Bassem Youssef, Morley Safer’s report on drones, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s feature on McIlhenny’s Tabasco Sauce. This was the sixth time this season the CBS Newsmagazine placed No. 5 or higher for the week.

On Al Jazeera’s Global Day of Action, Bob Simon Recalls His Time in Iraqi Prison

CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, who was captured and held for 40 days by Iraqi forces in the opening days of the Gulf War, has added his voice to those of journalists around the world calling for Egypt to release three Al Jazeera journalists.

In an interview with Al Jazeera America’s John Seigenthaler, Simon called the jailed  journalists “hostages,” saying he wouldn’t call them prisoners “because a prisoner will have charges against him and these guys haven’t really been charged with anything credible.”

“When you’re kidnapped and held in horrible conditions, as they have been, it’s indescribable,” Simon said. “The only people you can talk to are other people who have been in that condition because it just changes everything about your mentality and your life.”

Networks Schedule Weekend Specials on Nelson Mandela

ABC News Mandela speical reportThe broadcast and cable networks are scheduling special coverage on the death of Nelson Mandela this weekend. Here’s what they have planned so far.

NBC’s Lester Holt will anchor the weekend editions of “Today” and “Nightly News” from Soweto this weekend.

CBS News has slated a special “48 Hours” on Mandela’s death for Saturday night. Scott Pelley will anchor “Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation” at 9pmET. The show will feature historical CBS News footage as well as reports from Bob Simon, Martha Teichner and Wynton Marsalis.

ABC News will have a special “20/20″ tonight anchored by David Muir and Robin Roberts. “Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed The World” will air at 10pmET. Tonight’s “Nightline” will also feature additional coverage of Mandela’s death.

“Fox News Sunday” will air an interview former South African foreign minister Pik Botha, who served near the end of the apartheid era. Senior correspondent Greg Palkot, who is reporting from South Africa for the network, conducted the interview.

Discovery Channel will premiere a new documentary, “The Making of Mandela,” Sunday at 12pmET/PT.

MSNBC will air a special on Mandela’s life at 9pmET.

Former President Bill Clinton is doing a round of interviews about Mandela’s death, sitting down with NBC’s Brian Williams, Fox News’ Ed Henry, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Univision/Fusion’s Jorge Ramos and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. CBS aired Pelley’s interview with Clinton on “Evening News” last night.

Bob Simon Attacked on Assignment…By a Bee

Getting stung by a bee while on assignment should be a piece of cake for a guy who was held hostage for 40 days in Iraq.

For “60 Minutes” last night Bob Simon reported on the beleaguered city of Detroit, and the people determined to bring it back from bankruptcy. During his reporting, he found that some of the vacant lots are being farmed and one even has a beekeeper… and a lot of bees. Bees that sting. Simon was stung.

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CBS News Turns The Camera On Its Own: Bob Simon

CBS News correspondent Bob Simon has been covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the early 1970s. In a segment for 60MinutesOvertime.com, CBS News profiles Simon and his storied career a a foreign correspondent, in Israel and beyond.

Although Simon’s reporting has not always portrayed Israel in the best light, he remains a household name in Israel, where he is known by his first name, “bub” as they call him. he also has some of the best sources in the Israeli government.

When he was captured by the Iraqi military during the first gulf war, CBS put together an obituary for Simon, and gave it to him when he returned.

The Ticker: Nielsen, ’60 Minutes Sports’, Willis

  • Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports” will officially debut Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 10 PM. For the debut episode, Bob Simon has an exclusive interview with soccer superstar Lionel Messi.

16 Million Watch ’60 Minutes’ Making it #6 Show of the Week

A last second Steelers win over the Ravens helped propel “60 Minutes” into the Top 10 last week. 16.15 million viewers made “60″ the 6th most-watched program of the week. Sunday’s show featured Steve Kroft’s investigation of for-profit hospital chain HMA, Bob Simon’s report on two adventurers who hope to fly their solar-powered plane around the world and, while he was Live on CNN hosting the annual “CNN Heroes” special, Anderson Cooper interviewed a North Korean defector for the CBS newsmagazine.

For Second Year in a Row, Broncos-Patriots Give Boost to ’60 Minutes’

Drawing nearly 16 million viewers, CBS’s “60 Minutes” was the #3 show of the week — its highest weekly ranking since December 18, 2011, when the show was #2 for the week and had a New England Patriots / Denver Broncos lead-in. It just so happens those same two teams faced off this past Sunday, helping the show to 15.96 million viewers.

Sunday’s “60 Minutes” included a Steve Kroft investigation of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, Lesley Stahl’s story about Luxottica, the world’s dominant eyewear company, and a Bob Simon report on the amazing rise from obscurity of Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez (above).

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