NBC News Doesn’t Think I Can Handle the News

July 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM Leave a comment

I’ve been following the slam on NBC’s horrible Olympic coverage since Friday’s opening.  A tweet I saw yesterday went something like, this: “I got an email from CNN about so-and-so winning such-and-such but NBC IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY FACE but they haven’t said anything about it.”    (Screaming in the original.)

Not only is NBC wedded with a ball and chain to its script, it’s wedded to shielding the U.S. audience, which it apparently thinks is pretty darn delicate, from things it thinks its audience can’t handle.  Like this, which insults the shi*t out of me:

NBC: We skipped terror tribute because it wasn’t “tailored for the U.S. audience”

So when it came time in the opening ceremony for something that has been widely interpreted as a tribute to the 52 victims of terrorist attacks in London in 2005, it’s not shocking NBC didn’t see lingering on that as helping its overall marketing effort. When asked why NBC didn’t show the memorial, NBC spokesman Greg Hughes on Saturday said only that “our programming is tailored for the U.S. audience. It’s a tribute to (opening ceremony producer) Danny Boyle that it required so little editing.”

The rest of the world saw the live, unedited version of the opening ceremony but paternalistic NBC didn’t think we here in the U.S. could handle it.

Hey NBC, don’t treat me like a child and don’t divide the people of the world into haves and have nots and those who are worthy or unworthy of tributes.  Your job is to report the news, as in facts.  Period.

So next time, show the whole ceremony without censoring what you think might upset me.  I want reality.  Not something “tailored for the U.S. audience.” That’s not for you as a “news” organization to decide.


Entry filed under: MSNBC, NBC, CNBC / GE (General Electric).

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