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NBC Pushes Too Far in Bringing Bode Miller to Tears
NY Times ^ | 2/17/14 | RICHARD SANDOMIR

Posted on 02/17/2014 5:59:01 AM PST by tips up

Bode Miller had just tied for a bronze medal in the men’s super-G at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, on Sunday and it was time to be interviewed. NBC had already established Miller’s quest as an emotional story line, putting a microphone on his wife, Morgan, to hear her reactions to his races, and having the couple sit for an interview with Tom Brokaw. He was being humanized — as the changed man, the family man, the mature 36-year-old whose brother had died last year.

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KEYWORDS: bodemiller; nbc; nbcsports; olympics
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This reporter went way over the line. Question about his brother asked and answered. But the reporter kept asking, until finally Bode broke down, while the camera zoomed in on his face. Disgusting.
1 posted on 02/17/2014 5:59:01 AM PST by tips up
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To: tips up

The zoom on an openly crying and upset Bode Miller continued for a good minute; either the camera crew was confused or the reporter simply lacked decency; they should have gone to a new location immediately and avoided this and the inane questions Christin Cooper asked him on tv.


2 posted on 02/17/2014 6:01:25 AM PST by laconic
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To: tips up

Is anybody even watching the Olympics?


3 posted on 02/17/2014 6:03:52 AM PST by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 coming soon)
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To: laconic

For the first time ever...I’ve not watched a single minute of the Olympics. I have zero interest.


4 posted on 02/17/2014 6:03:57 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: tips up
Yeah it was a disgrace alright.

I hope the chick loses her job over it, she had zero respect for the guy's dignity and totally ruined an important moment of his life for him.

If there was some producer egging her on the same goes for them too.

NBC are scum.

5 posted on 02/17/2014 6:05:16 AM PST by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: laconic

I was disgusted at the persistent questioning in an obvious attempt to get him to break down and turned the channel, hoping they would end it and give the man some privacy regarding his ultimately private life. Turned back a bit later and the camera must have been near the ground trying to look into his face with his body bent over in grief. Having lost a brother to an untimely death, it sickened me - the man needed some space, respect and privacy, particularly when it was so apparent how far across the line they had gone.


6 posted on 02/17/2014 6:09:37 AM PST by LibertyOh
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To: tips up

VERY POOR TASTE. But what does anyone expect from that useless network.


7 posted on 02/17/2014 6:10:20 AM PST by Pit1 (Obama is the big pile in the road.)
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To: tips up

The whole thing was very uncomfortable to watch.


8 posted on 02/17/2014 6:10:41 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: OKSooner
I hope the chick loses her job over it, she had zero respect for the guy's dignity and totally ruined an important moment of his life for him.

I only wish the media worked that way, but they have absolutely no shame. Instead, look for her as a monitor in a Republican debate soon.

9 posted on 02/17/2014 6:14:19 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Washington: "I cannot tell a lie". Obama: "I cannot tell.....I lie")
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To: OKSooner

Several heads should roll on this one. This was not live. This was part of a post-event edited report of the days events. Plenty of people had plenty of time deciding what they would spend precious broadcast time on - decisions were made not just by the reporter and camera crew, but all the way up the line through editors and producers and ultimately the host.


10 posted on 02/17/2014 6:14:53 AM PST by LibertyOh
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To: tips up
NBC has pushed several athletes to tears throughout this Olympics. This is a bit more extreme, but you can tell that it's what they're going for.

Saw a young lady who missed a medal by .02 seconds (can't remember the sport), they wouldn't let up until they brought her to tears.

Saw another man who's skeleton sled slipped out of the tracks on his final run, knocking him out of medal contention. They were right there all up in his face. The interview dragged on until he started crying.

NBC are a bunch of commie scumbags.
11 posted on 02/17/2014 6:15:27 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: OKSooner

Despicable..... but winners always find a way to win (turn lemons into lemonade), so possibly Bode can find a way to use this footage/situation for the benefit of his brother. (Maybe he already has.)


12 posted on 02/17/2014 6:16:16 AM PST by mlizzy ("If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic Adoration, abortion would be ended." --Mother Teresa)
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To: tips up

The answer is simple: The winter Olympics has turned into the chick Olympics. Crying makes for more eyeballs waiting to see what happens next.


13 posted on 02/17/2014 6:18:30 AM PST by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: tips up

My wife and I saw that too. My wife just exclaimed “ENOUGH already!” and changed the channel.

Dirty Laundry - Don Henly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0xr31XbSOU&feature=kp


14 posted on 02/17/2014 6:19:44 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Blueflag

autocorrect - H E N L E Y not Hendly.


15 posted on 02/17/2014 6:21:01 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: tips up

I tried to watch some of the ice skating, but this Johnny Weir person who wears women’s jewlery is just too much to take. Really, it’s past disgusting. They are putting people like this in our faces just because they can.


16 posted on 02/17/2014 6:22:58 AM PST by alarm rider (Basically, we are toast.)
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To: bray

I’ve been watching DVD runs of time trax, untouchables, streets of San Francisco, producing stock footage with the recent ice and snow, and recovered a CJ7 project jeep to play with.

My spouse is the addict on sports. I ignore as much as possible.


17 posted on 02/17/2014 6:23:48 AM PST by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: tips up

This is typical for NBC, the worst network ever. Even its sports reporting is repulsive.


18 posted on 02/17/2014 6:23:58 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: tips up

Scary day. I agree with the NYT.


19 posted on 02/17/2014 6:25:52 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: tips up
Couldn't agree more. Wife and I were yelling at the TV for the reporter to just shut the hell up. She deliberately went after him to bring back a still hard emotional moment to make him cry.

Have to say, I felt for Bode Miller. I lost my younger brother in August 2012 quite suddenly from a massive brain aneurysm and there are still times (like yesterday, watching that "interview") that I get emotional about it.

My heart really went out to Bode. The "reporter" though -- I hope she burns in hell.

One last comment: I really wish they'd have left the camera off Bode's wife consoling him as he remembered his brother. On the one hand it was very touching and it's so crystal clear that she loves him dearly. On the other hand -- NBC should've respected that as a private moment for them and left the camera elsewhere.

NBC's just a bunch of bastards IMO.

20 posted on 02/17/2014 6:30:10 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: lacrew
the whole thing was very uncomfortable to watch

(after a few decades of not watching the Olympics, with the weather around here I've been watching it as a diversion)

It was uncomfortable, for sure. But this is after a week of so many of those elite atheletes blaming the snow, uniforms, the ice, the weather, just about anything but themselve. It's bizarre and self-centered. Fact is, they lost a lot of races to atheletes who adapted better than they did, and they should be more gracious. For Bode Miller, it seemed to be all about him and his quest to godliness.

I thought that NBC has been trying to humanize these atheletes. That honest display of emotion was the first time I could stand Bode Miller.

JMHO

21 posted on 02/17/2014 6:34:09 AM PST by grania
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To: tips up

Hard to believe that someone, anyone at the NYT has a conscience.


22 posted on 02/17/2014 6:34:28 AM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: tips up

I saw that “interview” ..... just terrible. It was an emotional moment for him and she kept pulling every string she could, trying to get him to unravel when she saw him starting to tear up. Then the camera followed and focused on him while he tried to pull himself together. Yet another reason to dislike the enemedia jackals. I’ve watched very little of the Olympics ... just happened to be flipping through the channels. What a sorry bunch NBC has - Bob ‘Pinkeye’ Costas, Matt Liar, and since it’s all to much for Matt to handle, now Meredith Vieira is helping out. Ugh.


23 posted on 02/17/2014 6:36:01 AM PST by Qiviut (It's hard to be a donk if you're sane & it's hard to be a pubbie if you have any integrity.)
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To: txrefugee

As Rush famously said, “ The MSM is the only business that believes the customer is always wrong.”


24 posted on 02/17/2014 6:37:45 AM PST by Dansong
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To: tips up

It absolutely was...I wanted to smack that beotch of a reporter for goading him.
“What are you feeling. You are upset whats going on inside whats going on inside whats happening inside....”

Jeez, stfu!

How dare she!


25 posted on 02/17/2014 6:39:11 AM PST by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: alarm rider

What? You don’t like Johnny qWeir?


26 posted on 02/17/2014 6:41:31 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: mmichaels1970
Saw a young lady who missed a medal by .02 seconds (can't remember the sport), they wouldn't let up until they brought her to tears.

That was women's skeleton, athlete was Katie Uhlaender. She really wanted the win and came in 4th by a tiny margin. She handled the interview well, was tough, stoic, very admirable. And they pushed and they pushed and they pushed and they didn't stop until she broke down and cried.

I bet they had a round of high-fives in the control room.

27 posted on 02/17/2014 6:42:37 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: tips up

THis is what the press do daily folks, nothing new here except that during the olympics they tend to target younger folks with little media savvy as their targets to manipulate for ratings..

I hate the olympics, because in the US broadcast media its not simply a competition, they want to humanize every person and invent some drama or whatnot to try to get a vested interest from the watcher to boost their ratings and doesn’t matter how idiotic they have to be to do it.

Olympics aren’t the only time they do it of course, but its the most flagrantly obvious.


28 posted on 02/17/2014 6:44:43 AM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: Qiviut

Bob “Pinkeye” Costas.

Hilarious, Quviut. When I first saw it, I thought, “Bob, get a room” and don’t make me look at that disgusting eye.

Then it got worse over the course of the week and articles popped up about “the eye”, trying to elicit sympathy for the dope. ..claiming that the Olympic reporting is tainted without the liberal behind the mic.

I watch the figure skating and then only the last and best skaters. Listening to Scott Hamilton is fine.


29 posted on 02/17/2014 6:45:58 AM PST by Mountain Mary ("Where Liberty Dwells, There Is My Country". Ben Franklin)
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To: tips up
So did nbc have a gun to his head? When idiot reporters push like this, just walk away.

FMCDH(BITS)

30 posted on 02/17/2014 6:47:09 AM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: tips up

I saw this. I wanted to smack the reporter.


31 posted on 02/17/2014 6:48:49 AM PST by KSCITYBOY
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To: OKSooner

MSM types are devoid of decency and humanity.

Likely the worst thing they’ve done since they zoomed in tight on Nancy Reagan as she was breaking down in her last few moments standing over her husband’s casket.


32 posted on 02/17/2014 6:48:59 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: jdub
The winter Olympics has turned into the chick Olympics

...or something?!


33 posted on 02/17/2014 6:49:17 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: grania

I see Bode Miller as a ‘complex’ guy....and I’m sure the minute I became a ‘fan’ of Bode, he would disappoint me in some way. I don’t dislike him...just very reluctant to ‘like’ him.

I understand the desire to humanize the athletes, but this reporter just kept pressing and pressing. I found it weird.


34 posted on 02/17/2014 6:51:08 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: tips up

This “interview” was taped hours earlier. NBC had plenty of time to edit out this abominable intrusion but they chose to keep it in because, I’m sure, they imagined it was “compelling”.


35 posted on 02/17/2014 6:52:40 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: tips up

Anything to get ratings up.


36 posted on 02/17/2014 6:54:17 AM PST by petitfour
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To: tips up
The reporter showed a lack of empathy, of ordinary human decency, and should be fired for such unprofessional behavior!

She made viewers uncomfortable, as well as spoiling a moment for Bode which, except for her, was a very special time for him.

She should lose her job!

37 posted on 02/17/2014 7:00:07 AM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Mountain Mary

I’ve seen very little - the Biathlon was good when a 40 year old skated off a penalty and beat all the youngsters. The cross country relays have been excellent - women’s was fantastic. I just cannot watch ice skating other than ice dancing and then I’m mostly looking for Davis/White. Curling .... like watching paint dry. If the weather weren’t so bad in so many places with people not having much to do, I doubt their viewership would be at reasonable levels. Instead, I’ve been watching the Outdoor channel (deer hunting, African safari) for the most part & a lot of it is reruns.

Last comment - many of the ‘uniforms’ have been awful - whoever thought the snowboarders, etc. should be in “khaki” that looked like grandma sewed patches on it should have been fired - you know somebody for the US Olympic team had to approve it. Speed skaters have weird patches in the insides of their thighs ... should have been the same color as the suits ... when they stand with their legs close together, it looks like they have big silver balls. ... the way they’ve been skating, they could have used some real ones. I need to stop now .... before I say something ‘really’ bad.


38 posted on 02/17/2014 7:00:07 AM PST by Qiviut (It's hard to be a donk if you're sane & it's hard to be a pubbie if you have any integrity.)
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To: tips up

This tweet, from my local news guy, sums it up pretty well:

@TheTeditorial Saw the Christen Cooper interview with Bode Miller. Suddenly Bob Costas’ eye isn’t the most disgusting thing on NBC. #stayclassySochi


39 posted on 02/17/2014 7:07:03 AM PST by jodster36
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To: tips up

That NBC cow reporter makes The Stepford Wives look human. She knew just what she was doing. While interviewing Miller she smelled blood in the water and circled for the kill.


40 posted on 02/17/2014 7:07:23 AM PST by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: TexasCajun

As Austin Powers might say - That ain’t a man, baby.

What a freak.


41 posted on 02/17/2014 7:08:09 AM PST by Bob
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To: jdub

Chicolympics? I agree.


42 posted on 02/17/2014 7:11:54 AM PST by Mercat
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To: tips up

Well, she did try to comfort him. She put her hand on his shoulder.

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Reporters are typically insensitive. All they care is that they get a story. If they get a display of emotion, all the better — for their ratings.


43 posted on 02/17/2014 7:20:23 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: bray
Is anybody even watching the Olympics?

I haven't watched much. Sometimes during commercials on other channels, I will check out the NBC Olympics related programming.

It seems that every time I do tune in, it is just in time to see another athlete go SPLAT!
44 posted on 02/17/2014 7:22:58 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: tips up

They are disgusting. Fortunately, with DVR we are able to avoid this kind of stuff. We have not watched any interviews, with the exception of part of the interview with the USA hockey player who scored the winning goal against the Russian team.


45 posted on 02/17/2014 7:49:52 AM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: OKSooner

I hope the chick loses her job over it....

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No way that’s going to happen. In that disgusting business, she will be praised for this. Glad I did not watch the interview.


46 posted on 02/17/2014 7:51:30 AM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: lacrew

I am soooooo surprised Bode, having somewhat of an ego, did not tell this beotch where to go and walk off. He does not have to submit to this abuse.


47 posted on 02/17/2014 8:50:14 AM PST by biff (WAS)
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To: tips up; potlatch; PhilDragoo

It’s been Bode, Bode, Bode for sixteen years or something. Did anyone notice a young man from Lake Placid, NY won the silver, dropping Bode to share the bronze?

That could have been a story, but it wasn’t part of the narrative. His NBC newschick sneered that he only produces in the Olympics (this was his second silver), but is nowhereville otherwise. He’s already down the memory hole. He never met the criteria to have an adoring advance “package,” with a suitably tragic story line.

Silver Man is probably normal.


48 posted on 02/17/2014 8:54:52 AM PST by ntnychik
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To: tips up

Well, isn’t this the standard for good journalism these days, make yourself bigger than the story you’re covering?


49 posted on 02/17/2014 8:59:31 AM PST by Fair Paul
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To: bray
Is anybody even watching the Olympics

yes, i am... so are others in our household... not all of it... just my faves... speed skating/men and women, the luge competitions/men and women, some of the ski competitions... some of the men's snowboarding competitions... no figure skating this time... just not enough time... this time i am open to curling--men and women...

50 posted on 02/17/2014 9:02:24 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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