Posts tagged “Olympics 2008”

NBC, why didn’t we see this on the air?

Beijing – Five pro-Tibet activists unfurled a banner spelling out “Free Tibet” in English and Chinese in bright blue LED “throwie” lights in Beijing’s Olympic Park. The five were detained by security personnel after displaying the banner for about 20 seconds at 11:48 PM August 19th.

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Beijing – Five pro-Tibet activists unfurled a banner spelling out “Free Tibet” in English and Chinese in bright blue LED “throwie” lights in Beijing’s Olympic Park. The five were detained by security personnel after displaying the banner for about 20 seconds at 11:48 pm August 19th.

So, NBC was willing to show us CGI imagery that, we are told, mimicked reality, but wouldn’t dare offend the host nation by showing the image above, which is not doctored. I know these were sports “reporters”, but so much for journalistic integrity. Tim Russert would have mentioned this.

Via BoingBoing

Edit: after the jump, see a quick video of the sign up and being taken down!
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This is Budweiser (a wholly-owned subsidiary of InBev, headquartered in Leuven, Belgium)

I think I might be a bit too jaded to watch the Olympics. It has reduced me to micro-blogging my gripes. Eh. Have you seen the “all-american” ad that Bud is running? Images of “America”, right down to the Nascar and cowboys and blue-collar workers, the whole time proclaiming “this is our tradition.” I didn’t record it and can’t seem to find it anywhere online yet, so I can’t show it to you.

I’ve been to Belgium. It doesn’t look like that commercial. Tradition (and the United States) is being turned on its ear. Globalism isn’t a tradition.

Full disclosure: Belgian beer is delicious. Bud, on the other hand, is not.

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Broadcasting live from Beijing New York?

Has anyone else noticed that all the play-by-play thus far during the Olympics has originated out of New York? I’m not talking about Bob Costas, Matt Lauer and their new best-friend, Mr. Translator. They are all important enough to warrant a ticket to Beijing. But not the poor folks calling the Women’s Saber event or the Women’s Air Rifle. They are stuck in a studio in New York watching the satellite feed with the rest of us.

Is this a cost-cutting maneuver by NBC/Universal/GE? Is it a result of the “green is universal” charade? Is it a security concern? Are these “journalists” worried about saying the wrong thing on the air and being detained by Chinese authorities? I know I would be. I don’t know if there is a slew of articles out there talking about this very topic, but its too late and I’m too tired to look right now. So, if you know, let me know, won’t you?

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