During this week’s Olympic broadcast, NBC edited out a tribute to the July 2005 bombings of the London underground to air a segment of Ryan Seacrest interviewing Michael Phelps. Understandably, the viewing public regards this as bonehead move.
The folks at The Daily Show are among the large majority of viewers who are outraged by the decision. On Monday night’s episode of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart exclaims, “NBC – the network that, to commemorate 9/11, actually re-runs 9/11. You wouldn’t air a six-minute tribute to the rest of the world’s terrorist victims? Because the world’s most overexposed land-based mammal had a chance to speak to the world’s most overexposed water-based mammal?”
Stewart also responds to NBC’s defense that they tailor their programming for an American audience by joking about their recent line up. Among the shows that Stewart jests are not what American audiences want to see are Harry’s Law and Smash. Stewart calls out his own “slam” to the network saying, “You’re NBC, you don’t know how to tailor television for an American audience!”
What are your thoughts? Do you think that NBC made the wrong decision?
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