I was shocked today when I read about how NBC had edited out the tribute to terrorist victims of the 7/7 bombings in London, from their coverage of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. My shock, turned to disgust and frustration, when I saw that the network justified this choice because they were “tailoring” the coverage for American audiences. Paying tribute to those who lost their lives because of a horrific and devastating act of terrorism should not be put aside to make room for an interview with a swimmer (No offense to Michael Phelps, but this was highly inappropriate).
Where ever a terrorist attack occurs, we as citizens of the world, should care about the suffering and lives lost. As the world continues to become smaller, thanks to air travel and the internet it confounds me to think that NBC didn’t believe we American’s would be touched by such a tribute, simply because the victims weren’t from the USA. The world mourned with us over the 9/11 attacks. How appalling that there are people at your network who think we either don’t want to or think we’re to good to mourn and remember with those of other nations.
Because we were denied by NBC, I went looking for video of this tribute. It was beautifully done. If you haven’t had a chance to see it, the link below contains the video.
Badly done, NBC. If you wanted to perpetuate the concept of the “Ugly American” you succeeded. I’m truly ashamed.