PBS viewers watching “A Capitol Fourth” witnessed a spectacular fireworks show, but it wasn’t the hazy spectacle everyone in DC saw.
The clear sky shown on the television broadcast was the result of the producers’ decision to use stock footage from previous celebrations.
Of course people were upset that they weren’t getting a live 2016 DC fireworks experience. However, the fireworks show on TV was much more visible than the live footage.
— Jeff Reynolds (@JeffWReynolds) July 6, 2016
Washington Post defended the producers’ decision, claiming it was necessary for the show to be entertaining.
Thoughts on this? We know you’re angry — but PBS did the right thing to ‘fake’ their fireworks – https://t.co/dp9HgLRwZJ
— lori aratani (@loriara) July 6, 2016
PBS "fixed" bad weather on July 4 by broadcasting archival fireworks footage—what any reliable news source should do https://t.co/7bvCYQYtis
— Shira Inbar (@shira_grace) July 6, 2016
Eventually PBS apologized for the mishap.
— Ernie Schell (@ernieschell) July 6, 2016
Maybe there are worse things to be worrying about – for example, deleted emails, corruption, elections and such.
People are really that pissed about PBS showing old fireworks footage? Pretty sure there are WAY worse things to be mad about.
— Katy Schamberger (@KatyWrites) July 6, 2016