Badly Done NBC, Badly Done

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. – NBC Omits Olympic Tribute To Victims Of London’s 7/7 Islamic Terrorist Attacks


Badly done, NBC. If you wanted to perpetuate the concept of the “Ugly American” you succeeded. I’m truly ashamed.

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13 thoughts on “Badly Done NBC, Badly Done

  1. servetus

    Couldn’t agree more.

  2. That’s just what I said on Twitter–their actions cemented the notion of Americans being so egocentric that they don’t realize other nations exist or care about their suffering. And I KNOW that is not true. Badly done, indeed.

  3. I felt so disappointed for you all that you were denied seeing something so beautifully moving. I for one know that NBC’s opinion is not reflective of the majority of Americans. This community is testament to that xx

  4. Snicker's Mom

    I was surprised there wasn’t something in memorial to those victims and this answers all my questions. I know I would have preferred to see that vs M. Phelps’ mug.

  5. servetus

    I can imagine that it had something to do with someone’s notion about the potential marketing problems of broadcasting something that looked like it could involve sympathy for Israel. I mean, who knows, maybe the marketing exec had never heard this bit of history and thought people wouldn’t care, but Israel is a touchy subject in the US at the moment.

  6. Of course we would have wanted to see it. And in six months NBC will run a story about how Americans don’t pay attention to what’s happening in other countries…well, maybe if they covered the stories they’d find that people do pay attention.

  7. servetus

    It’s really getting so that if you want any news about stuff outside of the U.S., you can skip the broadcast networks (except for PBS). It’s even slim on the ground on CNN. I’ve started reading foreign sources for my world news coverage.

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  9. Brooke

    That decision was very insensitive and disrespectful. I am still saddened that the attacks happened.

    • I just kept wanting to tell them to shut up, frankly. It’s like the more they talked, the worse it seemed to get. *sigh*

  10. It’s very foolish to think people aren’t affected by what’s happening in other parts of the world. Correct me if I’m wrong, but whenever there’s a conflict, troops from different countries fight alongside the US and UK soldiers. This was the controversy in Poland. We’re members of the EU, we fought in the Middle East alongside the US (we’re still there) and yet I need a visa to enter the US. Not cool!
    Anyway, enough politics, foreign policy, and my frustrations.
    I remember my American BF staying with me in Poland for a while. He said the same thing after watching BBC World. He was surprised at how much of world news was being reported, and how little of it can be seen in the US.

  11. If you haven’t seen this, it is hilarious! Thanks, Jazzy for sharing this. 🙂

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