Jon Stewart Blasts NBC For Skipping Olympic Terror Tribute
Last night’s Daily Show saw Jon Stewart making, in his usual hilarious way, a pretty serious charge against NBC. He blasted the network for choosing to air an interview between Ryan Seacrest and Michael Phelps rather than airing a 6-minute tribute to the 7/7 London terrorist attack victims at the Olympics. Are American audiences really not interested in taking a moment to remember the victims of the London bombings?
NBC’s defense of the decision was that their broadcast is tailored for American audiences. Which implies that the Olympic viewers in America don’t care about the victims in London, and frankly doesn’t say much about NBC’s opinion of the average American. Of course, Jon Stewart didn’t hesitate to note “You’re NBC! You don’t know how to tailor television for an American audience!” He then went on to offer ideas for how the Olympics, an international event, could be further Americanized, including an all-Lebron parade.
Check out Stewart’s rant on the subject.
Jon’s words, while hilarious, point out a sad fact. “You wouldn’t air a 6-minute tribute to the rest of the world’s terrorist victims?” Stewart asks, referring to the days of coverage surrounding the 9/11 anniversary every year. Not that there is anything wrong with that coverage, but I have to say shame on NBC for not airing a tribute to the victims in other nations, and shame on us all in the U.S. if we really don’t care.
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