Monday, July 30, 2012

The low point of NBC's Summer Olympics coverage so far.

As long as large audiences are uncomplaining about NBC/Universal's time-shift, slice-and-dice 2012 Summer Olympics coverage, it can be stated with certainty that more of the same bland, sexually exploitative (the teen women gymnasts, for one example),  jingoistic, age-flattering-filtered-shots-of-Bob Costas coverage is on tap for Winter 2014 and Summer 2016.

But here's the absolute theater-of-cruelty low as seen on last night's telecast:
Gymnast Jordyn Wieber failed to be one of the two USA team members to make the individual all-around, losing to Aly Raisman.  So how does NBC/Universal handle this?  I'll yield the podium to writer Willa Paskin: "...the absolutely brutal, exploitative two-shot of Raisman talking to a reporter with a despondent Wieber in the background..."

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