Apr
21

NBC cuts Olympics tribute to 7/7 victims; airs Michael Phelps interview

http://twitter.com/#!/jacktink/status/229024713412837376

The Olympics opening ceremony included a touching memorial tribute to victims of the http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2180179/NBC-Olympic-coverage-Bob-Costas-joins-outrage-7-7-terrorist-attacks-tribute-edited-Opening-Ceremony.html and http://www.scotsman.com/news/uk/london-2012-olympics-humbled-emeli-sande-enthrals-with-dazzling-vocals-1-2437947. Scottish singer Emeli Sandé gave a moving performance of “Abide With Me” as stadium screens showed images of those lost.

Emeli Sande's Abide with Me at the opening ceremony was perfection – already downloaded it, one of the most beautiful songs ever written

— Rammy (@rammlet) https://twitter.com/rammlet/status/229186516801441793

But those watching the ceremony on NBC didn’t see the tribute.

Wow. So https://twitter.com/NBCOlympics decided that the thing to cut from the opening ceremony was the tribute to the 7/7 victims?

— Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) https://twitter.com/maureenjohnson/status/229179176131887104

So bad. https://twitter.com/nbc and https://twitter.com/NBCOlympics just completely edited out the 7/7/05 tribute from their primetime showing. How classless.

— Levyne (@ZeoLevyne) https://twitter.com/ZeoLevyne/status/229024753560727552

In a disgraceful move that left viewers fuming, NBC opted to skip that portion of the ceremony in favor of airing Ryan Seacrest’s interview with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

Now NBC skips the 7/7 memorial – one of the most touching parts of the ceremony – to bring us a Seacrest/Phelps interview. https://twitter.com/hashtag/shockingdecision?src=hash

— Mark Donaldson (@DonaldsonESPN) https://twitter.com/DonaldsonESPN/status/229026231486672896

There was a tribute to the 7/7 attacks, then one last song with a guy embracing a child. It's cool, Michael Phelps is far more important.

— Matt Popek (@mpopek) https://twitter.com/mpopek/status/229024855637495810

Totally cut out a very touching 'in memoriam' section set to 'Abide with Me' so Ryan Seacrest could interview Phelps. Ridiculous.

— chris (@fluxkit_) https://twitter.com/fluxkit_/status/229025507935662080

NBC cut tribute to 7/7 victims from their broadcast of opening ceremony & aired Phelps interview instead. I have no words.

— Shane McMurray (@MDCIII) https://twitter.com/MDCIII/status/229106787931021313

The imbecile at NBC who decided to cut the 7/7 victims tribute and replace it with Seacrest's execrable Phelps interview should be fired.

— Peter Cohen (@flargh) https://twitter.com/flargh/status/229223778633256962

.https://twitter.com/NBCOlympics is there any particular reason that you cut the tribute to victims of 7/7 from your broadcast of opening ceremonies? https://twitter.com/hashtag/disgrace?src=hash

— nota bene (@note_well) https://twitter.com/note_well/status/229034583876853760

You can watch the emotional memorial censored from the NBC broadcast at http://deadspin.com/5929778/heres-the-opening-ceremony-tribute-to-terrorism-victims-nbc-doesnt-want-you-to-see.

FYI: This is the tribute to 7/7 terror attack victims in the https://twitter.com/hashtag/openingceremony?src=hash that didn't air in America. http://t.co/HD8qXby2 https://twitter.com/hashtag/olympics?src=hash

— Lacy Baugher (@LacyMB) https://twitter.com/LacyMB/status/229054554396848128

The opening ceremony was not shown live on NBC. Here’s the http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2012/07/27/london-2012-olympics-opening-ceremony-nbc-viewers-complain-about-delayed-broadcast/:

NBC quote pathetic “complex entertainment spectacles don't translate well live online and need our awardwinning production team for context”

— tabitha goldstaub (@tabithagold) https://twitter.com/tabithagold/status/229059309135347712

Apparently “entertainment spectacles” like remembering the lives lost when four suicide bombers killed 52 innocents in London don’t “translate well” to those rubes watching in America.

And what would we do without the “award-winning context” provided by the NBC geniuses who axed a memorial tribute from the opening ceremony coverage? Probably just drool in a corner while eating our own hair.

Here’s some of that “award-winning context” NBC provided during its coverage of the Olympics.

"…The Olympic torch has now travelled through this once blighted section of London known as, er, east London." Thanks, Matt Lauer https://twitter.com/hashtag/nbcfail?src=hash

— Matthew Garrahan (@MattGarrahan) https://twitter.com/MattGarrahan/status/229103891868962816

Wait, did Matt Lauer just say that ALL of East London is a blighted neighborhood?

— Becca (@tigerpantss) https://twitter.com/tigerpantss/status/229105253394563072

Flipped briefly over to NBC only to see Costas introduce Kazakhstan with an anecdote about Borat. https://twitter.com/hashtag/ForeheadMeetPalm?src=hash

— Jim O'Leary (@jim_oleary) https://twitter.com/jim_oleary/status/229038292451090437

https://twitter.com/hashtag/Viera?src=hash didn't know who Tim Berners Lee is Shameful https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBCfail?src=hash https://twitter.com/hashtag/Olympics?src=hash

— Lisa R (@txvoodoo) https://twitter.com/txvoodoo/status/229017365554278400

Wow – what a joke https://twitter.com/NBCOlympics are – They didn't air the 7/7 tribute .. But they did have commentators with stupid banter https://twitter.com/hashtag/OpeningCeremony?src=hash

— Jeevan (ਜੀਵਨ) (@JeevanSD_MMA) https://twitter.com/JeevanSD_MMA/status/229239123104370691

And of course:

This wil be a tough interview for Phelps. With an experienced swimming analyst that is Ryan seacrest

— Mike Zaccardi, CMT (@MikeZaccardi) https://twitter.com/MikeZaccardi/status/229023417960103937

Shame on you, NBC.

Want to let NBC know what you think of this despicable decision? Send your tweets to https://twitter.com/nbcolympics and https://twitter.com/nbc.

Update:

Conservative blogger Sooper Mexican lists other examples of the leftist propensity for obscuring the evils of terrorism.

***NBC Edits Out https://twitter.com/hashtag/Olympics?src=hash' Tribute to Victims of Terrorism, & 6 other examples of obscuring terrorism from Americans: http://t.co/OJOuzlrM

— el Sooper (@SooperMexican) https://twitter.com/SooperMexican/status/229223610227752960

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/07/28/nbc-cuts-olympics-tribute-to-77-victims-airs-michael-phelps-interview-instead/

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