Tuesday, February 14, 2006
NBC Downplays US Gold?
I haven't been watching the Olympics, but The Anchoress has. She comments on NBC's coverage:
One of the most moving parts of past Olympic broadcasts, and the most enjoyable to me (even back when I was a liberal Democrat) was watching some American Gold Medalist receive his or her medal and the playing of the national anthem.Quite sad, if its true.
I assume such things are still going on in Torino, but you wouldn’t know it from NBC’s coverage. Last night, we watched and noticed that at the end of the program…well, we saw the last 13 notes of the American anthem and then things immediately switched to a ceremony featuring a Canadian winner. We got to hear ALL of O Canada.
Tonight, the show closed with the Russian Anthem - and there wasn’t even a cursory glance at any American ceremony…not even 13 notes.
It cheats the athletes and the nation that wants to share in their triumph. It’s very nice that Canada won this or Russia won that, and I like to see them waving from the podium…but at the end of the day, it’s the US Athlete I want to see, the Star Spangled Banner I want to hear.