Skip to comments.NBC Didn't Report Accident During Parade
Posted on 11/26/2005 12:00:25 PM PST by wagglebee
During its live coverage of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, NBC did not tell viewers that a giant balloon had caught on a street lamp and injured two sisters.
At the point in the broadcast when the "M&M's Chocolate Candies" balloon was supposed to have crossed the finish line, announcers Katie Couric, Matt Lauer and Al Roker stuck close to their scripts and the network ran footage of the balloon from last year's parade.
Couric told the audience they were seeing old footage and bantered with Lauer and Roker, but there was no further mention of the accident.
An NBC spokeswoman said Friday that producers knew something had happened with the balloon but didn't know exactly what.
"There was no further comment on air at that point in time because we did not have further information," said Cameron Blanchard, a spokeswoman for NBC's entertainment division, which is responsible for the parade broadcast.
The accident happened in Times Square, where the balloon's tethers became entangled on the head of a street lamp and knocked part of it off.
Sarah and Mary Chamberlain, 11 and 26, were hit by the debris. Sarah needed nine stitches to her head, and Mary, who uses a wheelchair, suffered a bump on her forehead.
Their father, Stephen Chamberlain, called it a freak accident and said the family didn't plan to sue. He said his daughters are looking forward to the special VIP seating Macy's offered them for next year's parade.
"They are remarkable young ladies," Macy's spokeswoman Elina Kazan said. "We're very sad they were injured."
The street lamp had been among those replaced following a similar incident in 1997 that seriously injured two people. The old lamp posts had arms that extended over the parade route. The new posts are lighter and smaller.
NBC is still trying to figure out a way to spin the story so they can blame President Bush.
Why not 'entertain" the kids some other way, or, better yet, let them learn to entertain themselves.
They said that they were showing older video of the M&M's balloon due to "weather issues"...
[Their father, Stephen Chamberlain, called it a freak accident and said the family didn't plan to sue. He said his daughters are looking forward to the special VIP seating Macy's offered them for next year's parade.]
This is admirable. I hope that they stay with their decision not to sue after they are contacted by every ambulance chasing lawyer who gets their phone number.
Some years ago I broke my leg while slipping on ice on a commercial property and I was pestered for months by lawyers promising me "payment for your injuries".
Remind you of the live West Wing, where they had an MSNBC reporter performing as an actor?
That's how they'll behave during the next 9/11... they'll use footage from the first.
It can't be too difficult to get a camera crew out to TIMES SQUARE, where the accident occurred. Heck, use a traffic camera feed if you can't get a crew there.
NBC can treat the parade as an entertainment event, if they want. But when they use "reporters" from their news division to cover the parade, their "reporters" look like fools if they're not reporting the real news of what happened during the parade they're covering. And showing a picture from the year before is just stupid, even if they acknowledged it.
Did he? I wouldn't think so. I don't think Edwin Newman's spots were in the same vein. He wasn't playing Anchor Edwin Newman so much as he was playing, Edwin Newman, that guy who was an anchor. I can't imagine Sawyer is fully retired from the news business. But even so, I think there's a subtle but profound difference that does not put broadcast journalism in a good light.
I remember when it came time for the M&M balloon to show up, Coric said something like the balloon could not be in the parade and they ended up showing past film footage of it.
Aparently there is a LOT of stuff that NBC does not report on. Question is, what do they have against the people who got hurt and why cover it up?
Maybe when she heard the parents weren't going to sue that also helped her ignore it. She's a mess.
You mean it's NOT Bush's fault? Somehow?
Typical couric and lauer, can't report the truth even when it's sitting right in front of them, instead they throw up coverage from last year, how typically leftist and predictable of couric.
It's ironic that about that time my husband and I were talking about how I used to think it was required every year (when I was little) for a balloon to get caught on something. We were talking about how much it would hurt for one of those to just deflate all at once because of the weight.
I find it more noteworthy this family isn't going to sue in this day and age. Admirable, imo, though I hope at least someone is covering the stiches and medical examinations.
Maybe they just figured we wouldn't find out it.
. . . find out about it.
I wish I could remember for sure which channel I watched the parade on. That channel didn't show the accident as it happened, but showed it a few minutes later after the area was cordoned off and as the injured were loaded into ambulances - but still during the parade.
I post items on a news blog and went Googling for a link after I heard about it from TV.
As far as I know, the Macy's Thanksgiving parade is ONLY on NBC. I didn't watch it, so I have no idea other than what I've read and heard from others.
As far as I know, the Macy's Thanksgiving parade is ONLY on NBC. I didn't watch it, so I have no idea other than what I've read and heard from others.If this is true, then Breitbart may wind up with an eggy face... Like I said, it wasn't covered the instant it happened, but who knows where on the parade route the mishap occured in relation to where judging or TV crews were set up (and how long it might have taken for a cameraman to get there). It was covered a very short while later, before the parade coverage ended. This seems like an unneccessary smear to me.
My Thanksgiving would have been ruined if I had heard about this SNAFU. Thank God for Couric and Lauer who kept me, and the rest of our citizens, from going into panic depression.
It's not Breitbart, it's AP.
A remarkable demonstration of restraint.
If they'd mentioned it, then they would have had to spend the rest of the show obsessing over it. They'd have had to create a screen image of the accident, played dramatic music, and then led with the line "and now back to our coverage of the tragic Macy's balloon accident in NY...." An endless series of balloon and medical "experts" would be paraded in front of the cameras, with prodding questions like, "Now when something like this happens, what is the first thing that the first responders are supposed to do, and did they do it in this instance?"
Not reporting it is one thing, but showing old footage and pretending nothing happened? What else does NBC show on-screen that we should not believe?
You actually watched the parade?
Uh, sorry; when a balloon sends two people to the hospital, it becomes news.
When the real news.
or is it real?
Is he a real actor ?
Do they pimp their logo to anyone?
Will they let Saddam use their logo for his trial ?
Only if you want it to be.
I like your idea.....but I think hot air would be more appropriate.....and the location of the burner would be just about right.
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