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NBC Didn't Report Accident During Parade
Breitbart.com ^ | 11/26/05 | AP

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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: katiecolonic; katiecouric; macys; macysparade; nbc; newsblackout; nonewscouric; thanksgiving
I'm sure this was pretty easy for Couric, she is well-practiced in not reporting news that she doesn't want to.
1 posted on 11/26/2005 12:00:25 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

The new Pravda


2 posted on 11/26/2005 12:03:48 PM PST by COBOL2Java (The Katrina Media never gets anything right, so why should I believe them?)
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To: wagglebee

NBC is still trying to figure out a way to spin the story so they can blame President Bush.


4 posted on 11/26/2005 12:06:27 PM PST by manwiththehands
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To: Motherbear
You never know what you're gonna get on TV these days. Better to just not watch it.

Why not 'entertain" the kids some other way, or, better yet, let them learn to entertain themselves.

5 posted on 11/26/2005 12:09:11 PM PST by LurkedLongEnough
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To: wagglebee

They said that they were showing older video of the M&M's balloon due to "weather issues"...


6 posted on 11/26/2005 12:10:49 PM PST by mwyounce
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To: Motherbear

Totally agree.


7 posted on 11/26/2005 12:12:01 PM PST by jra
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To: wagglebee

[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".


8 posted on 11/26/2005 12:13:44 PM PST by spinestein (All journalists today are paid advocates for someone's agenda.)
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To: Motherbear
I don't have a problem with this, if they reported it later. Many children were watching the parade. It's entertainment, not news.

Remind you of the live West Wing, where they had an MSNBC reporter performing as an actor?

9 posted on 11/26/2005 12:15:09 PM PST by AmishDude (Your corporate slogan could be here! FReepmail me for my confiscatory rates.)
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To: AmishDude
I thought that Forrest Sawyer retired. Is he still reporting for NBC? Didn't Edwin Newman do cameo spots on entertainment shows after he retired?

-PJ

10 posted on 11/26/2005 12:18:52 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: wagglebee
Of course NBC did not report the balloon crashing. They did not have any reporters there.
11 posted on 11/26/2005 12:19:20 PM PST by Long Distance Rider
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To: wagglebee

That's how they'll behave during the next 9/11... they'll use footage from the first.


12 posted on 11/26/2005 12:21:58 PM PST by johnny7 (“You have a corpse in a car, minus a head, in the garage. Take me to it.”)
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To: Long Distance Rider

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.


14 posted on 11/26/2005 12:25:21 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: Political Junkie Too
I thought that Forrest Sawyer retired.

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.

15 posted on 11/26/2005 12:25:49 PM PST by AmishDude (Your corporate slogan could be here! FReepmail me for my confiscatory rates.)
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To: wagglebee

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.


16 posted on 11/26/2005 12:26:16 PM PST by Nowhere Man ("Nationalist Retard" and proud of it! Michael Savage for President in '08!)
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To: wagglebee

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?


17 posted on 11/26/2005 12:27:13 PM PST by Danae (Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: wagglebee

Maybe when she heard the parents weren't going to sue that also helped her ignore it. She's a mess.


18 posted on 11/26/2005 12:34:58 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people believe in Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: manwiththehands

You mean it's NOT Bush's fault? Somehow?

;)


19 posted on 11/26/2005 12:36:39 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people believe in Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: wagglebee


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.


20 posted on 11/26/2005 12:46:18 PM PST by rockabyebaby (I'm not afraid to say out loud what the rest of you are afraid to admit.)
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To: wagglebee

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.


21 posted on 11/26/2005 12:48:58 PM PST by HungarianGypsy (`)
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To: wagglebee
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.

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.

22 posted on 11/26/2005 1:08:13 PM PST by Soul Seeker (Mr. President: It is now time to turn over the money changers' tables.)
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To: wagglebee

Maybe they just figured we wouldn't find out it.


23 posted on 11/26/2005 1:34:56 PM PST by synbad600
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To: synbad600

. . . find out about it.


24 posted on 11/26/2005 1:35:31 PM PST by synbad600
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To: wagglebee

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.


25 posted on 11/26/2005 2:04:44 PM PST by TerryGale (Talk back to your radio at http://fantalkback2talkhosts.myfreeforum.org)
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To: TerryGale

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.


26 posted on 11/26/2005 2:06:35 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee
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.
27 posted on 11/26/2005 2:15:17 PM PST by TerryGale (Talk back to your radio at http://fantalkback2talkhosts.myfreeforum.org)
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To: conservative in nyc

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.


28 posted on 11/26/2005 2:16:59 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: TerryGale

It's not Breitbart, it's AP.


29 posted on 11/26/2005 2:25:15 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Bingo!


30 posted on 11/26/2005 3:21:23 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: wagglebee

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?"


31 posted on 11/26/2005 4:18:27 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

LMAO!


32 posted on 11/26/2005 4:21:38 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

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?


33 posted on 11/26/2005 4:22:18 PM PST by Bernard (You can either deal with your situation or be a liberal about it.)
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To: Nowhere Man

You actually watched the parade?


34 posted on 11/26/2005 4:24:25 PM PST by H. Paul Pressler IV
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To: Motherbear
It's entertainment, not news.

Uh, sorry; when a balloon sends two people to the hospital, it becomes news.

35 posted on 11/26/2005 4:30:31 PM PST by poindexter
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To: wagglebee

It's NBC News Live

It's fake news.

Having a 'real' debate.

Actors being payed to tell the audience . . .

That the fake news is real.


When the real news.

Is fake.

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 ?

Real ?

Only if you want it to be.

36 posted on 11/26/2005 4:30:50 PM PST by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
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To: Baynative

I like your idea.....but I think hot air would be more appropriate.....and the location of the burner would be just about right.


37 posted on 11/26/2005 4:38:24 PM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: TerryGale
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).

I know. The mishap happened in Times Square, which is at 42nd and 7th Avenue/Broadway. The NBC crew and reviewing stand is in front of Macy's in Herald Square, which is at 34th street and in between 6th Avenue/Broadway and 7th Avenue. 8 blocks. Less than 1/2 of one mile. NBC's home base is in Rockefeller Center, roughly at 49th Street and 6th Avenue - also less than 1/2 of a mile away. And there are tons of traffic and 24-hour media weather-type cameras in Times Square to begin with. It's called the "crossroads of the world" for a reason.

If NBC News can't get a camera out to Times Square within 10 minutes, then they're pretty incompetent. It's not like it happened in Kandahar or Montauk.
38 posted on 11/26/2005 5:21:38 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: wagglebee
As far as I know, the Macy's Thanksgiving parade is ONLY on NBC.

The parade was also shown on CBS (without much of the cheesy product placement advertisement on NBC - melts your heart, not in your hands, eh?). They were based in Times Square and reported on the mishap almost immediately.
39 posted on 11/26/2005 5:23:55 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: H. Paul Pressler IV
You actually watched the parade?

Always do.
41 posted on 11/26/2005 6:24:46 PM PST by Nowhere Man ("Nationalist Retard" and proud of it! Michael Savage for President in '08!)
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