NBC Edited Out Women’s Gymnastics Fall To Create Fake Gold Medal Suspense

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The gaffes just keep coming from the Numbskull  Broadcasting Company’s tape-delayed London Olympics coverage. Turns out that live viewers of the women’s gymnastics’ team medal competition on Tuesday saw Russia’s Ksenia Afanasyeva go splat during her floor exercises. Which virtually handed the gold medal to the Americans early on. But NBC coverage edited out Afanasyeva’s dramatic fall from its Tuesday night broadcast, which in and of itself is unthinkable since she’s the reigning world champion for floor exercises. Her mistake devastated her Russian teammates, who were visibly shocked and upset to everyone but NBC viewers. Claims are that the network didn’t show it to create fake suspense around Team USA which was performing after the Russians and already ahead in the previous events. NBC also avoided showing the standings. This is a manipulative and insulting way to cover any sporting event.

Comments (85)

  • Just keeping up with Fox News….edit edit and then LIE!

    Comment by Mike — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 3:18pm PDT  
    • At least Fox News starts with facts. NBC and MSNBC are much, much worse.

      Comment by yar — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 6:27pm PDT  
    • Nice try, but it’s time to grow up Mike. The only “fake” news out there is on the NBC and it’s affiliates. They are constantly apologizing for their hack cut and paste jobs.

      Comment by Tammy — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 7:09pm PDT  
      • If it’s time for Mike to grow up, it’s time for you to take the blindfold off, Tammy. The only reason Fox News aren’t apologizing twenty-four hours a day for all the lies and slander they spread around are that they’re never actually sorry.

        Comment by Green — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 8:07pm PDT  
        • It’s true. Google “Fox News legally lie” and you can read about a case where Fox won the right to outright lie on the air.

          That said, NBC has lost all objectivity at presenting the Olympics as a sporting event and have instead shoehorned it into their idea of prime time drama. And we all know how well they do 8pm-11pm programming.

          Comment by tyler — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 8:44pm PDT  
        • NBC isn’t apologizing out of some higher moral code, Green. They’re doing it because just like this, they have been caught manipulating the news over and over again. Fox? Name one time.

          Go ahead and google it, I’ll wait.

          Nothing? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Money where your mouth is, or keep it to yourself.

          Comment by NotQuiteRight — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 8:51pm PDT  
          • I can’t believe I’m taking the bait… I could give you a ton of examples (there’s a few websites dedicated to them), but I’ll keep it easy and just name one (as asked). Fox News perpetuated the lie that Obama’s trip to India would cost the U.S. $200 Million per day. It was repeated in on every show for 2 days straight after it had been brought to their attention that this number was bogus.

            And the lawsuit I mentioned was filed by a Fox producer who felt pressured to lie.

            I’m sure you’ll adjust your worldview accordingly.

            Comment by tyler — Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 12:53am PDT  
          • Tea Party rally reporting (suggested attendance figures), multiple occasions of on-air personalities claiming they never said something which they did, flipping on govt policy appriateness depending on who is in office, etc., et al. Some were isolated “errors in truth” and others have been suspicious to say the least. Outright lies have decreased of late due to media watchdogs groups.

            Haven’t even touched on the lies of omission. Very selective omission.

            While they rarely outright lie, neither do their competitors. Almost ALL of major media is responsible for a litany of gaffs, shoddy reporting, and gargantuan spin doctoring. If you think your vaunted (insert major outlet) is ultimately any different from the rest, you are a victim of fantastic marketing and narrative messaging.

            What they have succeeded in doing is assisting in the national fracturing, as evidence by most of the comments here. Until you folks realize the intrinsic divisiveness occurs on all sides, you will be continually conquered both intellectually and socio-economically. At least you’re all getting your recommended daily dose of rhetoric.

            Carry on!

            Comment by Supergrover Cleveland — Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 5:25am PDT  
        • What a nation of fools.

          Cheering for TV networks? Really? Fox? NBC? ABC?

          It’s all corporate news. The truth will always come second to profits. The media is what enforces the status quo and constantly reminds you what the limits of the conversation are. Never asking the tough and important questions, only acting as a megaphone for the powers that be.

          You’re all like children, who like to be patted on the head and tucked into bed.

          Democrats and Republicans are both part of the problem. Both enabled the disaster that is before you. Put down the pom-poms and stop the blind cheer leading. Ask for accountability from all or don’t bother, you’re only making things worse.

          Comment by Surrounded By Idiots — Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 7:35am PDT  
          • Exactly right. No horse in this race. Never has been, never will be.

            Comment by Michelle — Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 8:01am PDT  
      • Don’t forget ABC’s litany of lies.

        Comment by joe — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 10:32pm PDT  
  • The not showing of scores was getting infuriating last night. I’m done watching the games on NBC.

    Comment by thekidslepthere — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 3:19pm PDT  
  • Are you certain? I was watching last night’s competition in Central Time and I saw the Russia girl’s fall on floor. It was NOT edited out. Not where I was, anyway.

    Comment by badger girl — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 3:23pm PDT  
    • They showed the first Russian fall, not the last one. Two fell.

      Comment by vic — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 6:52pm PDT  
    • There were two falls by the Russian ladies in the Floor Exercises. They showed the first one but they didn’t show the last one. I was irked because I wanted to see them both since the live feed that morning kept cutting out by the time Russia was on Floor. Afanasyeva’s splat was a massive face plant and yes, it did take Russia entirely out of the running for gold.

      And, no, that isn’t not my fault or my computer’s fault that the feed kept cutting out. I might believe it’s my ISP’s fault. However, since CommieCast owns NBC, isn’t it a matter of shifting blame from one corporate hand to the other if there are massive bandwidth capacity issues, which prevent you from handling the traffic during the Women’s Gymnastics Team Final?

      Comment by Karen — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 7:19pm PDT  
  • This is a real shame.

    Comment by Wow — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 3:26pm PDT  
  • They have been doing this for years in gymnastics. It’s annoying but this isn’t the first time they have ‘creatively edited’ things to build drama. If you look at all the disclaimers they post they even say they reserve the right to do that. It’s lame for a sports event but it has long been the policy.
    It also explains why the Russians were bawling their eyes out after one of their team had a good routine.

    Comment by Manny — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 3:28pm PDT  
  • Is this the end of U.S. broadcasting? I just get the impression that NBC has won its ratings battle for the Olympics, but has lost the war as a viable broadcasting station. And ABC is not that far behind with its news gaffes.

    Comment by kat887 — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 3:31pm PDT  
  • This crosses the line in my opinion, it’s one thing to tape delay coverage to ensure it airs in primetime but quite another to edit footage to try and keep viewers tuned in for the full broadcast

    Comment by Mark — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 3:32pm PDT  
  • I’m sorry, I thought NBC was in the entertainment business? Maybe they should just have a live feed all day like C-SPAN with no commentators? And if the viewer misses something important, well, then they can just read about it on Twitter. That ought to bring in the ratings.

    Come on. Quit being so naive. The primetime broadcast is already a review… so it has to be dramatic or it’s just a news scroll. It’s called entertainment.

    Comment by So what? — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 3:32pm PDT  
    • So what you’re saying is it’d be okay for them to tape-delay a football game and edit out certain fumbles and interceptions to increase suspense?

      Comment by dbag — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 8:48pm PDT  
    • Pretty sure sports broadcasting is supposed to intrinsically retain as much of the actual, naturally-occurring narrative as possible. Neglecting to focus on a “game-changing” event within commotion, whether accidentally or (worse) intentionally, would go against every fibre of the accepted standard of sports broadcasting — especially in the US.

      To think otherwise is just plain silly. Silly, I say! Silly!

      Comment by Ghost of Cronkite — Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 5:30am PDT  
      • Damn you, autocorrect! You kids and your newfangled doohickeys!

        Correction: ….within competition…

        Comment by Ghost of Cronkite — Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 5:33am PDT  
  • All this criticism yet the prime time telecasts are bringing in huge numbers for NBC. America is still watching and it seems the internet hasn’t diminished the impact of watching events onTV even if taped (and edited of course).

    Comment by deecpad — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 3:34pm PDT  
  • I’m looking forward to NBCs new fall dramas Revolution and Chicago Fire. But, what they did here was shameful. Absolute disgrace.

    Comment by Jack — Wednesday August 1, 2012 @ 3:34pm PDT  
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