Skip to comments.#NBC Fail: Network's Olympic Disaster Earns Global Social Media Mockery
Posted on 07/29/2012 4:30:39 AM PDT by saywhatagain
NBC has united the world in scorn, contempt, and mockery of its gaffe-plagued, stone-age Olympics coverage. Cutting the tribute to the 7/7 London Islamic terror victims from the networks opening ceremonies coverage was just the tip of the iceberg.
Yesterday, the #NBCFail hashtag erupted worldwide and showed no signs of let-up. Ridiculous tape delays, news/programming spoilers, arrogant tweets from former NPR executive-turned-NBC chief digital officer Vivian Schiller, geographic errors, and streaming woes have earned the peacock network global social media mockery.
Jenny Thurman @jennygadget
This is the worst coverage of any Olympics we’ve ever watched. It’s so disorganized and chopped up that the viewer can’t get interested in it. We gave up and watched a movie instead.
Their sponsors ought to ask for at least half their money back.
I’ve lost interest in the Olympics. Don’t plan on watching but a few, if any events.
The “networks” have worked hard to become the enemy of the American people. “I hope they fail”, as Rush would say.
I am concerned that we once again will entrust the Presidential debates to them, airing them, composing and asking their gotcha gotcham gotcha questions, and their smirks and sighs.
I have watched none of it and won’t. What else does anyone expect to see when they ask a professional question of Romney, he give a professional’s answer and he gets lambasted for their definition of a gaff?
The Olympics is supposed to not be about politics but sport and nationalism. You have an American journalist asking for a professional evaluation and Romney answered with exactly what he was reading in the US and mostly British press.
I still don’t like Romney as the nominee but one positive thing came out of that answer, I would rather know the truth than to be told what they think I want or need to hear. My hope didn’t last long though as Romney the next day gave another nuanced political answer to a professional question. Hey Romney, grow a spine of something other than semolina. Because we all know noodles get a little wobbly when the heat is turned up.
Before the start of the olympics I went to the NBC site to “get started” so I could watch on my computer. What a disaster!. I have adobe flash, and the required att uverse account but still I couldn’t get on. I finally gave up and I am watching tennis on Bravo and recording swimming to watch later.
NBC digital operations chief Vivian Schiller is showing the same tone-deaf arrogance that led to her resignation at NPR after being caught trashing conservatives on tape.
Get her a gold medal for poor sportsmanship:
Vivian Schiller does not belong in US Media. She belongs in the Politburo.
I just want a usable schedule grid of what will be on when. Not the interactive mess that they have on their web site.
Then, the few times I tried to watch anything, they concentrated on the what their on-air personalities were wearing, and travel problems, etc. (Take an Imodim, and go back to NYC...)
Knowing that all the NBC channels would be flooded with it, I put it out of my mind.
Oh, and I saw on Drudge that Ban Ki-Moon carried the torch. Not that NBC was involved, but no thanks. What are the Brits thinking?
My daughter tweeted, “Is this Bob Costas last Olymics? Does he just want it to be his last?”
“Its so disorganized and chopped up that the viewer cant get interested in it.”
You said it. We watched part of the opening ceremonies, which were so awful it was unbelievable. The NHS & Children’s Lit - as Basil Fawlty asked “Is that what made Britain great?”
Then last night, we tuned in for a bit. We see 2 male gymnasts do 2 routines, maybe it was 3, that was a bit confusing. Then, they go to Costas & Viera and they’re talking about.....the opening cermonies!
I went outside to have a cigarette, hubby came out a few minutes later and I said “are they still nattering on about that cr*p?” He said “They went to Ryan Seacrest, I don’t even know what they’re doing.”
This was prime time, 10 o’clock on Saturday.
And even the people covering the events, I don’t know what the heck they are doing. The guys covering the gymnasts kept talking about stuff that had happened in the past, but not explaining WHAT had happened.
About one competitor they said “After his big disappointment at the World Championship, it was amazing he came back to win gold on pommel horse” He didn’t say what was the disappointment.
They were talking about the scores and one said “They score different events differently, that’s why we are using the red-yellow-green color coding on your screen”.
That was it, nothing further about how the events are scored or how that relates to the color coding.
So far I’ve watched about an hour and a half, I guess, I’ve seen 3 fellows compete, been completely confused by the people who are supposed to be explaining the events to me, and the rest of the time had my intelligence insulted by stupid, left-wing, propaganda, fart jokes from Mr. Bean and the silly idea that the elderly Queen parachuted out of a helicopter.
So yeah, so far it’s an epic fail.
I hope it improves, I actually rather like the summer olympics, but it’s very disappointing so far.
Here’s Schiller’s twitter page. Quite an unpleasant person.
They all pulled some videos of events from their website — so those venues [such as USA men’s gymnastics] could only be seen, chopped up, interspersed with commercials, inundated with inane talk-overs, and segments played throughout their evening programming.
Too bad that NBC gets to ruin another Olympics. They have been doing it since the mid 90s.
While I’d wish NBC luck...I suspect that they are thirty percent off viewership compared to the past Olympics. I don’t think the location matters...or the great personal interest stories...it’s just the way that NBC is covering things. People have gotten smarter over the past decade and see through failed media events.
Last night, we were reduced to watching Olympic clips on Telemundo.
Written by one of the sons whose father was murdered. The details he shares of the atrocities committed and the organizers position is enough for me to say no more.
I have no desire to show support to a reprehensible and vile organization! Ask your daughter to read and share. Most thinking people will find it revolting.
People are actually complaining they didn’t get to see more of that mess of a show?
meh..get over it. it was horrible and yea the tribute would have been nice but honestly the show was a disgrace in every other way.
“Dont plan on watching but a few, if any events.”
Woman’s beach volley ball never gets old. It gets my full concentration. Ha Ha.
Watched our gals yesterday and the horrific British weather for these “summer” Olympics had reduced the appeal of that sport a bit. (T-shirts)
It's useful to remember that, despite the hype, most people are not watching the Olympics. It's hard to believe, but most people don't watch the Superbowl, either.
Most people, even in the United States, were not watching Neil Armstrong step off the foot of the LM, 43 years ago.
I certainly was, and I was still watching when Harrison Schmitt and Gene Cernan left Taurus Littrow in 1972.
But it's useful to remember whenever one hears the "all eyes were on" this or that trope, that it just ain't so.
That NBC carried the opening ceremony was just another reason to successfully ignore the whole mess, with no regrets. I'm a minor anglophile, but from what I heard about the British opening ceremony, I'm glad not to now be in regret over the lost hours sitting through the taped delay, punctuated with the administration's campaign ads.
Why should I subject myself to that kind of abuse? I mean, come on.... dancing nurses, performing some sort of ballet with gurneys and sick kids, "celebrating" socialized medicine, all of it opening to the theme from The Exorcist?
The British press bragging about successfully getting the first lesbian kiss on Saudi television?
That's showing those muggies, boy!
I can't think of anything I'll enjoy joining with the majority of American in missing more... except maybe the nominating conventions.
"the medal for most Olympic whining goes to everyone complaining about what happens every 4 yrs, tape delay"
Wow . . . very unpleasant.
Interesting how she also tweets how NPR is hiring lobbyist to fight those evil GOP members targeting public broadcasting funds.
Arrogant *itch. Typical of the “know it all’s” on the LSM and East Coast Elitists.
Women’s Beach Volleyball is amazing to watch.
...and the American women are refusing to submit to the Muzzie dress code BS.
Love it and proud of the US women.
“..and the American women are refusing to submit to the Muzzie dress code BS.”
Didn’t hear about that. What kind of dress code?
I contrasted it in my own mind with the story of Luz Long. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luz_Long
Long was a Dusseldorf lawyer, who finished second to Jesse Owens at the 1936 Nazi games. After the standings were posted, and Owens took a victory lap around the stadium, Long ran along side of him and looped his arm around Owen's waist, to rabid cheers from the crowd. In Long's last letter to Owens before the War, he asked Jesse, if he had the opportunity after the War to meet his son, to tell him how it could be among men on this earth.
Long was injured in the Allied invasion of Sicily and died in a British military hospital.
In the 1950’s Owens wrote a letter to Long's son and told him how his father had helped to keep him from being disqualified during the initial heats of the long jump. The story is almost certainly apocryphal, but it says something positive about Jesse Owens, as well as Herr Long.
I have absolutely no interest or inclination to watch the Olympics this year.
Typically sickening behavior by another “International” organization. From the UN to the Nobel Committee to the IOC, I have no use for any of them. I’ll throw in NBC with their PC palavering in place of actually showing the events.
From your link:
“Now, I have a message to all the members of the IOC. The torture inflicted by Black September on the 11 Israeli athletes and their families took 48 hours. Your torture of the families and the memories of those esteemed athletes has lasted 40 years. I am not satisfied with a moment of silence in every Opening Ceremony of the Summer Games. Now I want all of you to lose your jobs and be replaced by real Olympians who care about the athletes and believe in the Olympic charter.”
Those are the legends and ideals to which we aspire to. Thank you for sharing
For those not having read nor going to link, this is kind of animals we are dealing with . . .
"Then Ilana Romano burst out with a cry that has haunted me to this day.
She screamed at Gilady, "How DARE you! You KNOW what they did to my husband! They let him lay there for hours, dying slowly, and then finished him off by castrating him and shoving it in his mouth,"
Where is the outrage? Please, I wish all no longer view these Olympics till humans become part of the organization.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/07/27/why-ioc-will-never-memorialize-72-munich-massacre/#ixzz221OExB3s
What do you expect, NBC is owned by Comcast, God and competence have no place in that company, they worship at the alters of “diversity is our strength” and other progressive ideals!
Who's to say that isn't exactly what the socialism-pushing Obumma-Jarrett regime wants? We can't have competition in the world! It leads to discrimination and intolerance!
Besides that, no matter how much they have sucked up to Barry and his bunch over the past four years, NBC is going to get thrown under the bus just like all the others when they are no longer useful to the totalitarian "cause".
it's like they don't want you to watch or something...
the best i could find... http://www.london2012.com/schedule-and-results/
I set up a proxy server and I’m watching the bbc stream. It’s live, and it’s better than NBC scre you NBC.
Yes, and it's not "fair" either than some win and other's don't. How long before we hear "you didn't win that" from ODumbass - targeting some athlete that might exhibit just a hint of non-PC thinking.
The “opening ceremony” was a spoof circus act, not visually interesting and way too complicated in story telling for a global narrative.
Then to turn on the TV to watch the most anticipated event Phelps vs Lochte I find at 11:30 on a Saturday PST that I am shown the semi finals that I already read about on the net and scrambled to get a newsfeed or live feed in which I had to set up my account on U-Verse by the time i spent 10 minutes on the 800 # I got the race with one lap left and virtually over.... The biggest American race and we Americans are told to tune in tonight and watch the replay...? ARE U KIDDING! I watch MLB after that!
The muzzies were demanding they coverup their legs and not wear bikinis.
Apparently there were IOC guidelines sent out that strongly encouraged respect etc.
Many are wearing shorts vs. bikinis.
The American women are wearing bikinis, although they stated due to the weather, they may wear loose shirts, they will not abandon their bikinis on the lower half.
The taped delay of the 400 meter men’s swim final was ridiculous. I knew the results six hours before. It was all over the internet. Why didn’t they show it live? It was Saturday, and millions would have watched it live. A bunch of pinheads.
Not surprised the idiots at NBC failed to correct the old fool Morgan Freeman’s “ath-a-lete” mispronunciations in the NBC Olympic promos.
Also Bob Costas needs to cool it with the unfunny jokes. He has gotten in trouble before for making a joke which others thought was a serious news report.
Thanks, but I don’t think that will help in trying to figure out when NBC might actually air them.
I know I cut the cord to cabel a year ago thanks to the Obama economy and I rely on the net and Netflix to get my entertainment. So that being said I uploaded a VPN on my iPad and used the BBC iplayer. If you’re interested I could lay out the steps for you it’s real easy if you have a PC.