Every 2 years, Americans come together to try to watch the Olympics and support Team USA, only to be confounded by botched NBC broadcasts.
This isn’t about commercials that are part of all US television, or tape delays that, to a certain extent, are inevitable with covering events in much different time zones. (Although simulcast for east and west coasts, and everything between, should be standard.)
This is about decade after decade of completely asinine coverage by NBC. I understand and appreciate that the Olympics are about more than play-by-play sports commentary. The Olympics should also feature narratives and the human side of the events. We want to know the athletes’ stories.
But NBC has time and again failed as journalists by relying on Disney-caricatures instead of research and reporting. They lack sufficient respect for the truth and their obligation to verify the truth.
I know it’s not actually realistic for this to happen, but it’s about the sentiment
**edit: TL;DR** – There’s a big difference between well-done human narratives and refusing to verify facts or the random stream-of-consciousness babbling. This is a cultural problem though out NBC (ie Peter Jennings.)