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What do you think of NBC’s Olympic coverage?

So, this has been on my mind since nearly the beginning of this year’s Olympic Opening Ceremonies: Is NBC biased in their coverage of the Olympic Games? This has been a hot topic for nearly two weeks now…and for good reason.  I mean besides the simple gaffes and taped delays of coverage saved for “Prime Time,” there seems to be something else going behind the scenes. Here are a few examples:

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What do you think of NBC’s Olympic coverage?
  • NBC chose to skip an entire portion of the Opening Ceremonycentered around honoring the 52 victims of the London terrorist attack  in 2005, they chose to show an interview of Michael Phelps by Ryan Seacrest. Their response:  The tribute wasn’t about America or Americans. Yeah, like any other part of the ceremony was, or EVER is -unless of course America is the host country!  But yet, they found time to show the entire portion espousing the nationalized healthcare of Great Britain!
  • Then, NBC also chose to air the video of the American flag falling down during gold medal ceremony of Serena Williams. Now, it may have happened live, but I saw it in the evening airing and it was recorded. Why did they bother to re-air that – is it perhaps based on a bias and feeling they have regarding our country?
  • Lastly, NBC decided to expound on openly gay diver Matthew Mitcham from Australia. I didn’t see this live – though my family did – and thought it was rather odd to do a whole little cameo about it. So, I began to search on the internet about it. Come to find out, they took several lumps in 2008 for NOT talking about it. Guess we know who they are trying to win over, eh?  (And don’t forget the new series “The New Normal” coming soon!!!  As if we could forget it after seeing the previews 5-10 times each evening!)

So, have you noticed any other biases, gaffes, or blatant pushing of a particular agenda during this year’s Olympics?

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  1. Yeah.  I’m a hardcore gymnastics FREAK and NBC obviously, blatantly cuts good routines from foreign gymnasts to build a “storyline.”  Often they’d rather show footage of Americans chalking up than show a routine from a foreign gymnast.

    The Canadian women’s gymnastics team made history by finishing higher than any other team outside of the “Big Four,” a tremendous accomplishment and one of the most massive and historic moments of the games (I’m not Canadian, but I get the magnitude of what they did.)  No mention of this at all on NBC.  Not even a single Canadian routine shown, although the Canadians were right there on the floor in the same arena as the Americans.

    Horrifically, horrifically irritating.  NBC will cut every routine that doesn’t fit into a certain tidy “storyline” they’re trying to build.

    It’s to the point where American people who aren’t super-knowledgeable about gymnastics have an entirely different impression of what happened during the competition.

    1. Unfortunately, that’s the way the networks operate.  It’s all about ratings and the casual fan, and they don’t care so much about just sticking to the meat and potatoes that serious fans crave.  As a fan of another Olympic sport, I’ve heard so many complaints throughout the years such as “We didn’t get to see athlete X but they gave us that stupid fluff piece instead.”

      In general, it seems that the networks think Americans only want to see Americans, but I can think of a sport in which I usually root against two of the top Americans, because I think they show poor sportsmanship.

      It’s a shame the way the media can manipulate the public’s perception with their one-note coverage.  You have my sympathy.  🙂

    2. I can appreciate that…and thanks for sharing!

      What I was referring to was their political and social agenda they seem to be pushing. Notice they barely mentioned Gabby Douglass’ father – even though we wasn’t present as he is serving in Afghanistan.Now, to be fair, I didn’t watch Olympic coverage non-stop for two weeks – just primarily in the evening. So, I’m wondering if other folks had similar thoughts… 

  2. I agree and understand with all these compaints, maybe it is time for ESPN or some independent TV coverage, similiar to C-Span to cover the events.

  3. In fairness, Mitcham was the first openly-gay (ie. publicly out at the time) athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympics. It’s a bit part of his “storyline” and also that of the Olympics as a whole. To omit it would have been glaring (as it was in 2008, when the rest of the world looked on in a bemused fashion as the US coverage completely ignored it).

    1. Why should it matter if he is gay!? Are we gonna start mentioning the sexual “orientation” – if there is such a thing – of all the Olympic athletes? Gay is not the new black and shouldn’t be treated as such.

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