Skip to comments.While Others Reported Accident, NBC Stuck to Sunny Re-Broadcast of Last Year's M&M's
Posted on 11/25/2005 7:54:07 AM PST by Erik Latranyi
NBC did not interrupt its broadcast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade yesterday to bring viewers the news that an M&M balloon had crashed into a light pole, injuring two sisters. In fact, when the time came in the tightly scripted three-hour program for the M&Ms' appearance, NBC weaved in tape of the balloon crossing the finish line at last year's parade - even as the damaged balloon itself was being dragged from the accident scene. At 11:47 a.m., as an 11-year-old girl and her 26-year-old sister were being treated for injuries, the parade's on-air announcers - Katie Couric, Matt Lauer and Al Roker - kept up their light-hearted repartee from Herald Square, where the parade ends.
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More Katie Couric/Matt Lauer bias.
The story was true, even though the video was fake.
NBC's coverage was disgusting and overtly commercial. Show baloons for 5 seconds, show as many paid sponsors as possible.
NBC News - First with our stories, even if they are staged.
As if nobody noticed that the XBox 360 display at Macy's suddenly became a Sony PlayStation 2 display while the M&Ms were passing.
These folks are so good at inventing the news that they can pull this off without a hitch!
Remember, it was NBC that got caught faking a story about pickup trucks being T-Boned and exploding when slow-motion video revealed explosives stuck into the filling port of the gas tank.
Why do we need commentary on a parade? Can't we figure what we're looking out without the MSM interpretting for us? I turn the parade on with the sound off.
Well .. far be it from me to defend NBC, but had they switched to the accident (which they couldn't do anything about) they would have had people up the wazooooo yelling that they wanted to see the parade!
I think NBC was between a rock and hard place - and chose to show the parade.
Frankly I tuned in to watch the parade and don't give a rats rear about a falling lamp post. I'm sorry two people were hurt but it's darn sure not much in the way of news that I care anything about. We would never hear about it again except that a multi million dollar law suit will be filed.
Well, isn't this fascinating.
In fact, when the time came in the tightly scripted three-hour program for the M&Ms' appearance, NBC weaved in tape of the balloon crossing the finish line at last year's parade - even as the damaged balloon itself was being dragged from the accident scene.
It bears repeating in bigger type.
This is Pravda.
Except it wasn't the parade. The parade was the accident, not a rerun of a clip from the year before.
They could've edited around the accident and still showed the actual live parade.
If you listened carefully, they said the M&M float was taped but it was a quick reference.
***Remember, it was NBC that got caught faking a story ***
And let's not forget ABC who tried to pass faked video footage to fill in gaps in their news reports in the early 1990's
Even turning the sound off didn't help this year. I thought it was the worst Thanksgiving Parade I've ever seen. I used to enjoy watching it. Now it just sucks. The entertainment sucked too.
what was that song and dance act and the song they were singing about "greed"? (Or something like that). Anyway, it was horrible.
I lost interest real quick.
>I think NBC was between a rock and hard place - and chose to show the parade.<
The only rock and hard place they were between was figuring how to still collect the product placement money Mars was paying them for reading the infocommercial and not missing any of the countless others while covering the story.
Well .. I didn't watch any of it, so I don't really care what NBC does.
You're right, it doesn't hold my interest like it used to. Lots of other things going on.
It's Only News if THEY make it up... (or should I say FAKE-IT up) ..
not to mention the reporterette last month "boating" her way down that street in New Jersey's flooding!
I hate today's parade coverages! When I was growing up I loved hearing the bands, the drum cadences, seeing the floats...
Now its all about who the commentators are. Bogus.
I would expect this from CBS, but I'm shocked NBC would do anything like this. /sarcasm off
Another fake, but accurate moment for the MSM. Just another inch of dirt put over their graves.
I watched a little bit of the parade on CBS, I cant stand to watch Matt and Katie.
Old media managing the news, not much of a story.
Nope...not this time.
The family of the injured people are saying there will be no lawsuit.
Sorry, no link...but I heard the news on ABC's GMA today.
NBC: "When News Breaks, We 'Fix' It."
I hope you're right, stuff happens in life, but lets give the ambulance chasers a week or two and see what happens.
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