60 Minutes stands by the interview with Marko Sammech it broadcast in March 2008. The interview was conducted in Arabic and translated by two qualified professionals into English. The section of the interview broadcast on the air as voice over in English was exactly what he told us then, which was consistent with what he told Israeli police.
Big Sid used to shoot crap with the boys—and Big Sid always won. This time his number was 10. He threw the dice again. As they stopped, Big Sid cupped them under his palm and looked at them underneath. “10” he exclaimed and began raking in the pot. “Tell me,” one of the boys said, “How did you make it, Big Sid, 6–4 or two 5s?”
Dear Big Sid/60 Minutes,
A thousand thanks for responding to our charges of your unethical conduct.a And we are very, very sorry for having brought these serious charges, now that you have looked into the matter and found that your quotation was “exactly” what Marco told you. What more could we ask for?
That an organization as big and powerful as 60 Minutes would deign to respond to charges by an insignificant little magazine speaks volumes for your fairness and public responsibility. We are honored to have evoked a reply.