Bob Simon was the consummate parachutist, an expert in crisis journalism, who covered wars in Asia, the Middle East, and Central America. When I visited him in his Tel Aviv office in 1992, he had just finished writing a book about his capture by the Iraqis during the 1991 Gulf War. He seemed restless. I said, “It’s only been four months since the last crisis [Moscow, December].” He shrugged, “Hey, we’re talking news.” From my first interviews with foreign correspondents in Paris in 1983, when talking about dangerous places, the common theme was always luck. Being lucky or unlucky.
Bob Simon died yesterday when a livery cab cashed near West 30th Street in Manhattan.
He had marvelously brought us the news for nearly 50 years.
European leaders were clear in their joint call for journalistic freedom, a credible investigation [into Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged killing and dismemberment by Saudi operatives] and accountability for any wrongdoing. In stark contrast, the American president chose to parrot Saudi denials and pitch an unsubstantiated and improbable explanation.