Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bob Costas' moment of silence. Plus Al Jazeera's! (updated)

Here is what NBC's Bob Costas said when the Israeli Olympic delegation entered the stadium in London on Friday:

It might have only been five seconds, but it is appreciated.

Then again, Al Jazeera went silent at that same time, but for assuredly different reasons:
However, as soon as the Israeli delegation entered the stadium led by windsurfer Shahar Zubari who was wielding the Israeli flag with pride, the Arab broadcasters suddenly fell silent.

The festive ceremony was covered by the two renowned Arab sport commentators, Yousef Saif and Isam Shawali. As the Israeli team entered the stadium, Shawali said "They don't deserve it."

UPDATE: Here's the silence on Egyptian TV from commentator Essam Shawal when Israel entered the stadium, apparently the Al Jazeera feed:

(h/t Vandoren)

UPDATE 2: Canada's CTV's Brian Williams was even better:

(h/t Daled Amos)