Why would NBC do that?—
SunnyRight (@sunnyright) February 08, 2014
Because that’s how NBC rolls.
Last night Twitchy told you about some of the idiocy that sent #NBCFail trending once again. But this one deserves its own post.
An NBC exec said the network aired the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on tape-delay to give the event the “context” and “pageantry it deserves.” In addition to the “context” of calling decades of communism a “pivotal experiment,” Deadspin reports that NBC made this editorial decision for American viewers:
Was that for “context” or “pageantry”? More from Deadspin:
Russia’s anti-gay laws have been a major focus in the lead-up to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and during his address at today’s opening ceremony IOC president Thomas Bach made a strong statement against “any form of discrimination” and in favor of tolerance. Viewers worldwide heard the statement; NBC viewers in the U.S. did not, because the network edited it out.
Deadspin has video and a transcript of Bach’s address with the scrubbed portion included.