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NBC Stuck to Sunny Rebroadcast of Last Year's M&M's
New York Times ^ | 11/25/05 | Andy Newman

Posted on 11/26/2005 10:03:00 AM PST by BronzePencil

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: leftistmedia; lyingmedia; macysparade; mediadeception; nbc; thanksgiving
More irresponsible reporting by the MSM.
1 posted on 11/26/2005 10:03:03 AM PST by BronzePencil
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To: BronzePencil

What's interesting is that CBS showed the accident. Was reporting on it etc. They pretty much stopped the parade coverage to cover the accident, whole NBC didn't mention it at all....


2 posted on 11/26/2005 10:05:21 AM PST by kjam22
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To: BronzePencil
This is nothing new. The Leftist media excels at cranking out fiction and portraying it as "truth."

I say the FCC should crack down hard on this deliberate deception of the American public!

3 posted on 11/26/2005 10:07:34 AM PST by Prime Choice (Mechanical Engineers build weapons. Civil Engineers build targets.)
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To: BronzePencil
NBC's take on it: There are no balloons on the ground....
4 posted on 11/26/2005 10:07:56 AM PST by Last Exit
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To: Last Exit

Good ol' Comical Ali. You can always count on him to show up at just the perfect time! :o)


5 posted on 11/26/2005 10:08:36 AM PST by Prime Choice (Mechanical Engineers build weapons. Civil Engineers build targets.)
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To: BronzePencil

The thing that irritates me is the fact that money will be wasted to figure out what went wrong in the parade.

Seems kinda obvious. Wind go whoosh, ballon go bye bye and hit light fixture, light fixture fall down go boom.


6 posted on 11/26/2005 10:10:17 AM PST by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: BronzePencil

To report on it would have violated the "Perky One"'s contract.
There is a clause in her contract that says that she will not participate in any story that requires her not to be perky. The only exception in that clause is when she is bashing Bush or conservatives. At which time she can switch from Perky mode to attack dog mode.


7 posted on 11/26/2005 10:11:53 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: cripplecreek

They act like those balloons are small kiddie party ballons with no weight to them. They need a clue.


8 posted on 11/26/2005 10:14:15 AM PST by Last Exit
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To: BronzePencil

NBC= No Business Communicating


9 posted on 11/26/2005 10:16:25 AM PST by taxesareforever (Government is running amuck)
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To: BronzePencil
But the rest of the news they report is factual....


10 posted on 11/26/2005 10:19:33 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: cripplecreek
The thing that irritates me is the fact that money will be wasted to figure out what went wrong in the parade.

Seems kinda obvious. Wind go whoosh, ballon go bye bye and hit light fixture, light fixture fall down go boom.

LOL!

The good thing is though that the two people who were hurt in the accident were not seriously injured and I read where the two injured and their family plan on not suing(and no doubt Macy's or the city of New York will pick up the medical expenses), of course that could change as they get phone call after phone call from the parasites called tort lawyers.

11 posted on 11/26/2005 10:20:20 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: taxesareforever
Headline should read:NBC Stuck On Stupid
12 posted on 11/26/2005 10:21:21 AM PST by HHKrepublican_2 (OP Spread the Truth)
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To: BronzePencil

Fake but accurate.


13 posted on 11/26/2005 10:21:46 AM PST by B Knotts
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To: taxesareforever
NBC= No Business Communicating

A.K.A. Nothing But Cr*p

14 posted on 11/26/2005 10:23:03 AM PST by Smittie
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To: Smittie

Dont take your eye off the balloon!

R-U-S-S-E-R-T


15 posted on 11/26/2005 10:37:05 AM PST by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: BronzePencil
Had this been a George Bush Balloon.....
16 posted on 11/26/2005 10:38:17 AM PST by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death"( Al-Qaeda & Democratic Party)
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To: mrmargaritaville

'...attack dog mode.' I like that. Her snide remarks always bring a bow-wow look to her face.


17 posted on 11/26/2005 10:38:56 AM PST by abclily
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To: BronzePencil

But, the story was essentially correct, even though the evidence may have been falsified. The balloon DID cross the finish line -- last year. NBC was merely showing it's (fewer and fewer) viewers what that looked like. To the increasingly irrelevent MSM, if the evidence onflicst with "the story", the story wins.


18 posted on 11/26/2005 10:44:59 AM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (De gustibus non est disputandum.)
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To: Prime Choice

The government "cracking down" on news outlets sounds unwise and unconstitutional to me. How bout turning off the channel.


19 posted on 11/26/2005 10:54:54 AM PST by don'tbedenied ( D)
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To: BronzePencil
It's real news . . . right?


20 posted on 11/26/2005 10:57:46 AM PST by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
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To: BronzePencil
NBC News would fake their news . . right ?


21 posted on 11/26/2005 10:58:37 AM PST by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
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To: don'tbedenied
The government "cracking down" on news outlets sounds unwise and unconstitutional to me. How bout turning off the channel.

I think it is more dangerous when fiction is presented as fact by media outlets.

How about standing up for truth?

22 posted on 11/26/2005 10:59:56 AM PST by Prime Choice (Mechanical Engineers build weapons. Civil Engineers build targets.)
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To: BronzePencil

This is just bizarre. I saw it, too. Actually, I can't stand the perky one, so I turned on CBS. They had Dave Price, who used to be on FOX AM news in NYC. So I turn it on, they've got some sort of incident. I check NBC to see what they are doing, and it's like nothing's wrong. You would think they would WANT to cover the balloon wreck.


23 posted on 11/26/2005 11:02:40 AM PST by Huck (Yeah.)
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To: BronzePencil

NBC News of the exploding truck fame.


24 posted on 11/26/2005 11:06:08 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right >>>>>>>>>>>>>>)
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To: BronzePencil

It's Bush's fault.


25 posted on 11/26/2005 11:06:19 AM PST by Buck W. (Yesterday's Intelligentsia are today's Irrelevantsia.)
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To: Prime Choice

Give the government the power to crack down on the news? How bout President Hillary going after Fox News and Free Republic?
The Founders were right when they wrote the First Amendment.


26 posted on 11/26/2005 11:10:08 AM PST by don'tbedenied ( D)
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To: don'tbedenied
Give the government the power to crack down on the news?

Pardon me, but what do you think the FCC does?

No rush. I'll wait.

27 posted on 11/26/2005 11:13:33 AM PST by Prime Choice (Mechanical Engineers build weapons. Civil Engineers build targets.)
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To: Prime Choice
I must admit that your clever response has caused me a great deal of anguish now that I know the FCC punishes news broadcasters for factual inaccuracies. I have a question though, could you cite a case or a regulation or a law that says this?
To answer your question I think the FCC does the following:
Regulates telephone companies that provide interstage service, regulate cable companies in conjunction with cities, allocate spectrum, develop telecomm policy and regulate broadcasters. I was unaware that ancillary to the FCC's authoirty over broadcasters that they regulated the news. Help me out with a cite wouldn't you?
28 posted on 11/26/2005 11:33:46 AM PST by don'tbedenied ( D)
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To: BronzePencil
I'm so thankful than NBC saved us all from viewing the carnage and destruction. I just hope they stay with this new theme and continue broadcasting good news from our Hollywood and Democratic Idols.
29 posted on 11/26/2005 11:36:05 AM PST by JustAnotherOkie
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To: don'tbedenied
"The government "cracking down" on news outlets sounds unwise and unconstitutional to me. How bout turning off the channel."

What a bunch of crap. Nobody is saying they can't report the news. What were are saying is it had damn well better be the TRUTH.

To me, it's unconstitutional that the media is fabricating news to fit their own political agenda, using the power of media to sway the outcome of elections, Side stepping MY right to choose the government of this nation. By printing lies, slandering political opponents, and promoting who their group of elitist communists want in power, they make the constitution worthless.

So what are you scared of? Making the media responsible for what it is selling us?

30 posted on 11/26/2005 11:59:59 AM PST by Forte Runningrock
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This was an entertainment show, with a large audience of children. There was no need to interrupt the script of Santa's arrival with an incomplete 'news bulletin'.

Un-bunch, willya?


31 posted on 11/26/2005 12:08:45 PM PST by Syberyenta
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To: Syberyenta
Syberyenta, my daughters agree with you. One got very upset that CBS was not showing the parade, only some dumb old light pole. Mom saved the day by locating the parade on NBC instead.
32 posted on 11/26/2005 12:21:10 PM PST by StayAt HomeMother
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To: Syberyenta
NBC can treat the parade as an entertainment show, if they wish. But NBC's entertainment division ought to hire someone other than NBC's newscasters to present the parade if they want to treat it as an entertainment show, show year-old footage (even with attribution) and not report the real news of what was happening. The way NBC did it, Katie and Matt looked like fools and lost their credibility among adults.
33 posted on 11/26/2005 12:44:45 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

I think what prolly happened was M&M paid NBC to jazz up the rendition of the M&M float, (witness the obviously-scripted comments by the Brainless Duo about how "M&M melts in your mouth, not in your hand!"-commentators at a parade would never use such scripted tagline banter to describe an M&M float) and there was a provision in their contract to never speak ill of any paying sponsors.

So, when the ballon crashed, they had to stick to what their contract read and parrot the silly lines of "Due to wind conditions, we're using footage filmed earlier of the M&M's float" and proceed to describe how delicious M&M's are.

Ed


34 posted on 11/26/2005 12:56:36 PM PST by Sir_Ed
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To: Forte Runningrock
I'm afraid of a left wing President with a left wing Supreme Court telling me and you what the "truth" is.
Damn for a bunch of alleged supporters of the Constitution you all have very little faith in the First Amendment and the thinking behind it.
35 posted on 11/26/2005 2:38:32 PM PST by don'tbedenied ( D)
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