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 Salon.com writer Willa Paskin: "...the absolutely brutal, exploitative two-shot of Raisman talking to a reporter with a despondent Wieber in the background..."