Thoughts on Media Ethics. I was probably one of many surprised and a bit disappointed by NBC’s decision to show the footage from Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili’s deadly crash on Friday afternoon. It’s not only dubious, but also surprising — considering how most networks are very sensitive to the issue. They rightly decided not to show the crash anymore, but the damage was already done, I think. That’s an easy way to frustrate the family, or nation, of the deceased luger. NBC should have been more careful.
Super Bowl ratings. So, everybody knows that the Super Bowl is the biggest television event of the year, and everybody knows that it was close, and everybody knows that the new “America’s Team” (the Saints) won the game and partied afterward. And Drew Brees has an adorable kid.
But Super Bowl XLIV passed the M*A*S*H* finale as the most watched television event of all time. Let me put it differently — more people tuned in to the Super Bowl this year than any other television event ever. Impressive.
Olympic ratings. Likewise, this year’s opening ceremony in Vancouver was the second-most watched non-United States Winter Olympics ceremony. The only one to get more viewers was the 1994 Games in Lillehammer, which was buoyed by the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan controversy. As noted before on this blog, though NBC might be losing money on the Games coverage, there are certainly a lot of people watching.
Pain on an Olympic level. This is…unfortunate.
The fantastic commentary totally makes this video. It’s funny to watch, but absolutely not funny when it’s you.