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While Others Reported Accident, NBC Stuck to Sunny Re-Broadcast of Last Year's M&M's
The New York Times ^ | November 25, 2005 | ANDY NEWMAN

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: accident; coverage; macys; macysparade; mediabias; nbc; nbcnews; newsblackout; thanksgiving
The news media covers up an accident taking place live on-the-air.

More Katie Couric/Matt Lauer bias.

1 posted on 11/25/2005 7:54:10 AM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: Erik Latranyi

The story was true, even though the video was fake.


2 posted on 11/25/2005 7:56:28 AM PST by neodad (Rule Number 1: Be Armed)
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To: Erik Latranyi

NBC's coverage was disgusting and overtly commercial. Show baloons for 5 seconds, show as many paid sponsors as possible.

Gross.


3 posted on 11/25/2005 7:58:04 AM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: neodad

NBC News - First with our stories, even if they are staged.


4 posted on 11/25/2005 7:58:21 AM PST by Shady
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To: Erik Latranyi

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.


5 posted on 11/25/2005 7:59:27 AM PST by nhoward14 (Merry Christmas! (There, I said it!))
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To: Erik Latranyi

These folks are so good at inventing the news that they can pull this off without a hitch!


6 posted on 11/25/2005 7:59:46 AM PST by southernerwithanattitude (new and improved redneck)
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To: Shady
NBC News - First with our stories, even if they are staged.

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.

7 posted on 11/25/2005 8:01:18 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (9-11 is your Peace Dividend)
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To: Erik Latranyi

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.


8 posted on 11/25/2005 8:02:42 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

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.


9 posted on 11/25/2005 8:03:26 AM PST by CyberAnt ( I believe Congressman Curt Weldon re Able Danger)
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To: Erik Latranyi

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.


10 posted on 11/25/2005 8:05:07 AM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon (A right wing Christian, not part of the Christian Right)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Well, isn't this fascinating.


11 posted on 11/25/2005 8:05:12 AM PST by newzjunkey ("After researching the matter ... I came to the conclusion the moon is NOT made of green cheese")
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To: Erik Latranyi
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.

??? !!!

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.

12 posted on 11/25/2005 8:07:38 AM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: CyberAnt
I think NBC was between a rock and hard place - and chose to show the parade.

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.

13 posted on 11/25/2005 8:07:54 AM PST by newzjunkey ("After researching the matter ... I came to the conclusion the moon is NOT made of green cheese")
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To: Erik Latranyi

If you listened carefully, they said the M&M float was taped but it was a quick reference.


14 posted on 11/25/2005 8:08:49 AM PST by gondramB
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To: Erik Latranyi

***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


15 posted on 11/25/2005 8:10:48 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: caver

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.


16 posted on 11/25/2005 8:12:11 AM PST by Sweetjustusnow (Oust the Communists)
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To: CyberAnt

>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.


17 posted on 11/25/2005 8:13:42 AM PST by Blessed
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To: newzjunkey

Well .. I didn't watch any of it, so I don't really care what NBC does.


18 posted on 11/25/2005 8:13:55 AM PST by CyberAnt ( I believe Congressman Curt Weldon re Able Danger)
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To: Sweetjustusnow

You're right, it doesn't hold my interest like it used to. Lots of other things going on.


19 posted on 11/25/2005 8:14:06 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

It's Only News if THEY make it up... (or should I say FAKE-IT up) ..


20 posted on 11/25/2005 8:15:38 AM PST by Conservative4Life (Blaming GUNS for crimes is like Blaming SPOONS for Rosie's morbid obesity....)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Oh, so this means it didn't happen? Is there ANY honesty left in the MSM?
21 posted on 11/25/2005 8:18:34 AM PST by pepperdog
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To: Erik Latranyi

not to mention the reporterette last month "boating" her way down that street in New Jersey's flooding!


22 posted on 11/25/2005 8:19:29 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: Erik Latranyi

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.


23 posted on 11/25/2005 8:27:17 AM PST by Mrs. Shawnlaw (Rock beats scissors, don't run with rocks. NRA)
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To: Erik Latranyi

I would expect this from CBS, but I'm shocked NBC would do anything like this. /sarcasm off


24 posted on 11/25/2005 8:29:51 AM PST by 14erClimb
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To: Erik Latranyi

Another fake, but accurate moment for the MSM. Just another inch of dirt put over their graves.


25 posted on 11/25/2005 8:30:39 AM PST by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: Erik Latranyi

I watched a little bit of the parade on CBS, I cant stand to watch Matt and Katie.


26 posted on 11/25/2005 8:37:48 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: 14erClimb; CyberAnt
CBS covered the parade too, at least here in New York. They were based in Times Square, where the accident occurred, and showed the aftermath. I don't think they got footage of the balloon moving over toward the lamp post, though.

NBC shouldn't be using its "news" people in an entertainment show and then duck reporting real news that was occurring during the parade. It lessens the credibility of their "news" people - if they had any to start with.
27 posted on 11/25/2005 8:48:25 AM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: Erik Latranyi

Old media managing the news, not much of a story.


28 posted on 11/25/2005 9:08:10 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (We will never murtha to the terrorists. Bring home the troops means bring home the war.)
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon
We would never hear about it again except that a multi million dollar law suit will be filed.

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.

29 posted on 11/25/2005 9:16:56 AM PST by ActionNewsBill ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act")
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To: Erik Latranyi

NBC: "When News Breaks, We 'Fix' It."


30 posted on 11/25/2005 9:54:49 AM PST by mikrofon (All the news that pays our way)
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To: Erik Latranyi
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.

And, this is a surprise to whom? These people are proven liars and yesterday they proved it again.

31 posted on 11/25/2005 9:55:23 AM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: ActionNewsBill
Nope...not this time.

I hope you're right, stuff happens in life, but lets give the ambulance chasers a week or two and see what happens.

32 posted on 11/25/2005 10:46:01 AM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon (A right wing Christian, not part of the Christian Right)
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