Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Fireworks faked during the opening ceremonies.

Cute Chinese girl lip-syncs because the real singer wasn't cute enough.

Some claim NBC edited the order of the Parade of Nations during the Opening Ceremony. (It appears they aired it in the right order, but their replay available on the web is not in order. This has been hard to confirm or disprove through web searching.)

(Did I mention that the Opening Ceremonies were aired without commercials in Japan, as were most of the events I watched?)

NBC constantly lies to its Mountain and Pacific Time Zone viewers by putting a "live" graphic in the upper right hand corner of the screen for coverage that is in fact tape-delayed by 3 hours. (Article 1, Article 2) Apparently twice an hour they add a graphic to indicate the coverage was live only on the East Coast. (Because a constant graphic saying it's not live would destroy the illusion.) I'll have to take their word for it because I never noticed it last night. (NBC is doing this because their polling indicates west coast viewers would prefer to watch it this way rather than rush home from work to see things live... hmm... really?)

NBC responds to some of the fakery claims.

The Chinese woman's gymnastics team contains obviously under-aged athletes. You don't have to be Bela Karolyi to see those girls aren't 16.

Is this really what the Olympic movement is supposed to be about? We need Linus in a spotlight to put this all in perspective.

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