Is it just me, or have other people noticed the completely dense smog during NBC’s primetime coverage the last two nights? Keep in mind that evening Eastern time is morning Beijing time. So it is daylight in China when NBC comes on at 7pm Eastern.
Bob Costas has been anchoring NBC’s primetime coverage from the International Broadcast Center and there is a window behind him that overlooks the Olympic Green area.
The smog was so thick last night (Thursday morning in Beijing), that Bob moved from his first location on the NBC set (with window behind) to another spot which had murals of China’s scenery, not a window to the smoggy world behind him.
In addition, NBC is obviously no longer using LIVE pictures (so-called B-roll) when they show Beijing Olympic venues.
I am shocked – SHOCKED – that the media is falling for China’s claim that air quality in Beijing is â€œgood.â€ I am also shocked at how little we hear about air quality since the games opened last Friday.
Before the games there were countless photos and stories about Beijing’s pollution. Now we’re being told it’s â€œfogâ€ not â€œsmog.â€ And those network trailers that show clear blue skies over The Great Wall and Tiananmen Square – what’s up with that?
When you watch the Olympics tonight, know that the blue skies that NBC shows was NOT filmed today or is NOT live from Beijing today.
NBC is as guilty as the Chinese of “lip-synching” — in this case, NBC is showing blue skies in Beijing while in reality, you can barely see the buildings behind Bob Costas.
Finally, have you ever seen a US city as dirty as Beijing has looked over Costas’ shoulder? Remember — China would have been exempt from Kyoto despite their air being completely disgusting.
Once again, high definition TV is showing the lies coming out of Beijing.