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Some amazing things are happening around the globe, and not surprisingly, the US media is actually covering them even less than it covers the Putin Fairy Tale in Sochi.

Some of the things are mind-numbingly dumb, kind of like NBC's interview of Bode. Others are shockingly good, like . . . .  hm.

Mark Harper, UK Immigration Minister.
This brilliant specimen of ineffable stupidity was in charge of cracking down on illegal immigration and illegal workers. He was forced to resign when he admitted that his house cleaner was an illegal alien.  

With behavior like that, look for Mark Harper to emigrate across the Pond and join the TeaBaggers in the colonies. After all, it is not what you do, but what you demand that others do, right?

Ray Nagin
What is absurd is not his conviction for graft and bribes. It is that Nagin is the first ever mayor of Nawlins to be convicted. Given how New Orleans became the city it now is, that is astounding.

Here are some meetings that should cause your jaw to drop.

5. China & Taiwan.
They are meeting and talking for the first time in 65 years.

4. Greek and Turkik Cypriots
They are meeting and talking for the first time in 18 months.

3. North and South Korea
They are holding substantive talks, although the backdrop of ever more deadly and bizarre behavior from Kim Jung Uh Huh makes me fear that he will arrest the SK team and feed them to starving pigs because of a perceived insult.

2. Iran and USA
They are holding substantive talks on diffusing nuclear tensions (which were made far worse by inane, almost insane interference by Bibi, who was supported by a bunch of brainless US Teabuggered congress critters).

1. Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell
They were spotted chatting in the halls of the senate. No blood was noted, and no gunshots were heard.

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Enough about whirled politics and events. Let's talk Olympian failures of Putanic size.

Eh, you folks. I know some of you really want us to buy your dirty shale oil, and transport it NOT to west coast refineries, NOT to Joliet or Gary refineries, and NOT to a new refinery you could build locally, and ship finished product to the west coast, but instead, you want to send it an additional 1000 miles (from Joliet and Gary) across pristine land, valuable water sources, and extremely productive farm land.

From bottom to  . . . even worse,  the NBC™ Olympic Brand & Advertising Olympics coverage:

1. Luge, card- boards, bobs and sleds

What the FUCK, NBC/ Do you really think that you have to force down our throats, some mormon family just because the little lady can raise 14 kids AND go down a mountain really fast, while never allowing caffeine or alcohol pass her lips?  STOP with the over covered family coverage.

And if you were such fantastic reporters, why didn't one of you sit second, with a helmet cam on?

Yes, the speeds were huge, yes, there was emotional tugging on cue, right between your commercial breaks (what timing!) and the actual races were neat. But there was too little of it, even though your automated cameras managed to keep on each sled each curve.

2. boards, skis and tube sports

While I found it hard to initially believe that these were actual sports, the athleticism won me over, while your coverage turned me off. How about less talk, and more sport?

3. Shuffleboard for busty female canadians
On ice. Why was it that every single bloody time that I turned on the T&V, you had this event on? EVERY SINGLE BLOODY TIME.  No wonder I started DVRing it just to maintain my sanity.

4. Ice skating and dancing.

It was hard picking the worst coverage of all olympian sports. But, your disgusting coverage of ice dancing and skating was so frustrating, so angering, that I almost threw my scotch (a very nice 18 year old Macallan's, by the way, with two small cubes, three fingers, and a nice aftertaste that is Smooth Smooth Smooth, especially after the second sip. If a flavor could glow, this barely legal scot would do so.  If you let it roll on your tongue, this complex, yet pleasing flavor fills your mouth, and other than having a mouthful of scotch, you want to say, "Ahhh." There is something appealing about . . . . Ooops. Sorry, wrong topic) through my TV set.

Take a barely clad, or clad barely body, add some wonderful music, and incredible athletic prowess, and what do you get? SOME FUCKING IDIOT EXPLAINING AND BLATHERING, GIBBERING, RUNNING ON MINDLESSLY, THE WHOLE EFFING TIME!.

S H U T
U P ,
N B C !

What a horrible way to ruin the moment for me. And Honey. Several times just a s moving passage from some russian composer was on, with a beautiful bit of skating underway, your NBC inane-cer breaks in and start running off at the mouth. Both Honey and I repeatedly shouted, "SHUT UP!"  But TVs are only one way these days. (hint hint, NSA. Orwell had some great idea, no?)

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5. Bode.

Seriously, NBC?  SERIOUSLY? You sat on this video for ten effing hours, and YOU STILL PLAYED IT? It was bad enough to mike up his wifey (please, never, ever, ever do that again) but the deft, warm-hearted, empathic, and supportive way that you stuck that camera and mike into Bode's face, then harassed him until he broke down?

S H A M E
O N
N B C

Quite honestly, between too much touchy feely talk, family backgrounds I did not want to hear, and too many family pix, there was too little coverage of sport. Some of the sports were fascinating, even brilliant, only to be ruined by non-stop blathering bullshit from people who seemed to be getting paid by the word.

I was sorely disappointed so far, and have no urge at all to watch any more of it.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 09:59:51 AM PST

  •  While I agree that Cooper's "interview" of Bode (3+ / 0-)
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    agnostic, red ear slider, VClib

    was despicable--and she should have known better having been an Olympic skier herself once--I thought that NBC's Olympic coverage was no better or worse than any other Olympic coverage. Meaning, by syrupy US commercial standards, not that bad. Pretty much every sport was covered in detail (if you have cable), for you curling and biathlon fans out there, Tara, Johnny and Scott were great, Bob Costas wasn't too bad, Mary Carillo was entertaining, and there weren't an excessive number ount of tear-jerking features on the many horrible obstacles a given athlete had to overcome to be able to place 117th in the men's snowboard uphill relay pipe. I thought it was ok.

    But the US sucked toe cheese on flat ice in pretty much all events. Wasn't the only medal they got was a silver in the short track 5000m relay?

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 10:12:34 AM PST

    •  Costas was the one bleary bright spot (1+ / 0-)
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      red ear slider

      on the whole face of NBC's coverage.

      I'll bet he washed his face with Sochi water, which caused his red eye.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 10:15:30 AM PST

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    •  Don't have cable... (1+ / 0-)
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      flowerfarmer

      ...and no way to stream online, even for a fee (which I would have paid for). I was stuck listening to the bronze medal hockey game on the local radio station (it was bad even listening on the radio).

      I was interested in curling (used to play), and ALL the hockey games, men's and women's, but was stuck watching endless hours of various forms of figure skating on NBC. Which, by the way, didn't even start until 2pm on the weekends. My kids popped out of bed at 8am to watch and all our local station had was infomercials.

      Terrible coverage.

      Give blood. Play hockey.

      by flycaster on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 11:41:25 AM PST

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  •  My pet olympic gripe is they show very little (2+ / 0-)
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    agnostic, tidalwave1

    of the medal ceremonies, and none if an Amurckin isnt on the podium. Give the kids their moment for gosh sakes. As for the rest of it, thank God for Tivo so I can skip the special moments. Between those and the endless commerials, a 3 hr block passes in less than 90 min. And frankly if I never see or hear Bob "Cyclops" Costas again, it will be too soon.

  •  I totally agree. (1+ / 0-)
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    northerntier

    I watched and taped the live coverage of the figure skating events because I just couldn't take NBC's prime time coverage any more of how Ashley Wagner 'deserved' to be in Sochi or Paulina Edmond mother's Russian homecoming story.  I wanted to hit Scott Hamilton with a stick.

    I much preferred the coverage by Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski instead.

    But the shameless product promotion was just over the top.  I won't be watching the closing ceremonies.

    •  Ashley Wagner-Debra Norville's angry young clone. (1+ / 0-)
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      tidalwave1

      Her super- triumphant fist thrust after her long program was a tip-off that she would eventually be weighing in re the judging, etc.etc.

      Got a kick out of this dairy and pretty much agree re too much talking and the overplayed pathos factor.

      Also agree with DrTer. Would it be too much to ask to hear another country's national anthem a couple of times?

      Got a case of USAAaarrrgghhh...

  •  Fortunately, I get the CBC (1+ / 0-)
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    N in Seattle

    here with Comcast in Seattle and they have a strong team of commentators who know what the sport well. Sure there is Canadian bias as it is gov't funded institution but nevertheless they know what they are doing.

    "The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope." -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardi

    by Frank In WA on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 10:27:22 AM PST

  •  One of the things you do have to give Canada (1+ / 0-)
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    agnostic

    is that they have a more "sing-able" national anthem.

    "Oh Canada / You have a lot of A's"
    - Eddie Izzard
    It's the screaming during some of the events, the over-the-top excitement (?) provided by some of the commentators during events.

    Like biathalon (aka Norwegian Drive-By).  How do some of the competitions get invented?

    And now that Putin has hosted the Olympics, is he going to run for the 2016 GOP nomination?

  •  Haven't bothered to watch. (1+ / 0-)
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    agnostic

    Sports are for participating in, not watching.

    But your coverage of the coverage was top notch!

  •  What a difference betweeen Sochi and Vancouver (1+ / 0-)
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    agnostic

    The coverage four years ago was ten times better—for those things I care about—curling (busty Canadians or not) and biathalon.

    I read a lot of complaining from my Facebook friends about the intrusive commentary in the skating, so you're definitely not alone.

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    by exatc on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 12:00:33 PM PST

    •  I don't mind busty Canadians. (0+ / 0-)

      I've always found our 51st state to be filled with great people.

      I am sorry that when we had our touch of disaster (Cheney -Bush admin), they also went conservative and austere. And now shale oil?

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 12:38:30 PM PST

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      •  umm, the only "busty" I remember seeing (0+ / 0-)

        was the AMERICAN skip! (Erika Brown) well, OK, the Canadian skip (age 39) did look a bit "healthy", but Brown more-so!

        we LIKE curling, don't care much for the Americans-uber-alles coverage, where you mostly don't see events if there aren't Americans in them, and then you see the Americans' performances, and the medal winners, but pretty much no-one else.

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 11:50:18 PM PST

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      •  Me, either—I married one… (0+ / 0-)

        I do like Canada, except for the climate. There was a time in and around '82 when I gave thought to moving there.

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        by exatc on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 07:51:11 AM PST

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  •  Do you just get the one channel? (1+ / 0-)
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    agnostic

    If it is driving you crazy, change the channel. Turn it off. Go do something else.

  •  NBC was boring and lifeless (1+ / 0-)
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    agnostic

    And seriously they had no backup to Bob Costas but Today Shows hosts?  I mean I am old and I was wondering don't they have any talent under 60?

    Speaking of Canada, our local Minneapolis affiliate had a great story of 2 Canadians who drove over the border down to a bar in Warroad, MN to watch the Canadians win harass the Minnesotans.  

    Worse than Packer fans!

    •  Costas sucks. Like most over 60 sports guys (0+ / 0-)

      all he really cares about is baseball. Him and George Will. As for Canada, let em have their glory. I mean, they aren't much off the ice, their mens soccer team got thrashed 8-1 by Honduras ( yes Honduras is good but not THAT good ) and lost a few years back to Guadaloupe, which is not actually a country but a part of France. So I hope they win the gold in hockey, which to them is a big international sport ( hint it isn't ).

      •  If he wasn't up to it, they should have had some (1+ / 0-)
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        leftangler

        others around to fill in.  It's not that tough to find sports reporters.  We have some local talent that can do a fine job with these winter sports as do other cities where these sports are popular.  Put on some nice 30 something sports guy from Minneapolis or Salt Lake City or Chicago and give them some exposure.  It looked to me like they were really cutting costs on the production.  I mean Matt Lauer and Marilyn Viera?  That's all you got?

  •  the coverage is horrible, but frankly so are the (2+ / 0-)
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    greenbell, flowerfarmer

    sports....Cross country skiing? Great fitness sport, no fun at all to watch. Boblsed? Seriously? But you ccouldn't find the hockey games, at least I couldn't. If I gotta look 10 mins forget about it. And the results all known long before the coverage is on tv. C'mon show the big events live, they do with the World Cup, no one wants to see the stuff 10 hours later, its the modern world here....

  •  The internet coverage stinks (0+ / 0-)

    The Summer Olympics two years ago were an example of how the net can make an amazing, complex, entangled event readily accessible.  This year's Winters?  Klunk klunk klunk.

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~Frederick Douglass

    by ActivistGuy on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 01:35:58 PM PST

    •  Winter Olympic were always a backwater (1+ / 0-)
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      ActivistGuy

      they were best as a warmup for the summer games which used to be in the same year. As a stand alone event they are kinda lame. Oh there goes Lars in the biathlon! I had a cousin see that on TV and he had a WTF moment...wait till you see curling I told him. If curling is on why isn't bowling in the summer games.Shit.

      •  Wish it was just the content that sucked (1+ / 0-)
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        leftangler

        But the technology, the video, the access to different events are all clunkier.  I hope the next Summer Games have more in common online with the last than with this Return to 1994.

        "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~Frederick Douglass

        by ActivistGuy on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 01:47:32 PM PST

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      •  Why are biathlon or curling any more WTF (0+ / 0-)

        than the summer olympics' target shooting and archery events? Both of those winter events require better physical conditioning than those summer events. And if biathlon seems seriously odd, well ... do some research on the Finnish Sissi light infantry.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 06:24:41 PM PST

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        •  I know where biathlon comes from (0+ / 0-)

          and that doesn't make it less odd. Sorry. Why not add falconry or dog training to the Olympics? The games have gotten ridiculous. Maybe they have outlived their purpose, whatever it once was. How about bass fishing? Yeah. enough already. Ping Pong? Badminton? At least they got rid of the hop, skip and jump. But wrestling and baseball ( which I admit is the most boring of all the options above ), real actual sports, they gotta go.....but we have sailing and horse jumping. Well now we can focus on the World Cup, where games are decided by crooked referees who decide to ignore clear goals, award dubious penalties, and allow offside goals to stand just to assure that Brazil and Spain will go as far as possible in the tournament.

          •  Well, I hate to pee on your outrage parade, (0+ / 0-)

            but curling and "military patrol" -- direct antecedent of the biathlon -- were both events in the first (1924) Winter Olympics.

            Similarly, shooting was part of the 1896 summer games, and yachting ("sailing") was scheduled but was canceled due to bad weather. The first horse jumping events were held in the 1900 summer games, which also incorporated croquet (first ever olympic women's competition).

            To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

            by UntimelyRippd on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 02:28:50 PM PST

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  •  Three words for ya.. (0+ / 0-)

    Well actually more than three: Emrick, EDzo and McGuire and Dave Strader too...

  •  I happen to like busty canadians. (0+ / 0-)

    I still have a very soft spot in my heart for a few particular (and particularly) busty winnipeggers (hometown of 3/4 of the canadian "rink"). Thursday, I was late for work due to watching Jones et al win their gold.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 06:28:07 PM PST

  •  We need the BBC (0+ / 0-)

    Best international coverage I've heard.

    As for the Olympics I wish they were covered C-SPAN style.  Just turn on the mics and cameras and let us watch.

  •  My favorite Olympic coverage... (1+ / 0-)
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    chimene

    has always been when ABC covered the Olympics and had Chris Schenkel and Jim MacKay. There certainly wasn't all the glitz and glam as today, but I always appreciated what I felt was a very down-to-earth and heartfelt coverage by those two. Also, who can ever forget when Jim MacKay had to announce the demise of the Israeli athletes during the Munich Olympics. That certainly was riveting! That certainly was a different time.

    I always feel that Bob Costas comes across as very smug - almost condescending. That's just my feeling. I guess we all have our favorites. I'm old enough to remember a young Walter Cronkite and Huntley/Brinkley, too.

    •  I remember when coverage went "soap opera" -- (1+ / 0-)
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      OrganicChemist

      the Nagano winter games were the first ones that were NOT ABC!

      oy, the angst, the violins, the (attempted) tear-jerk backgrounders! absolutely disgusting, we heard it was because somebody at the new broadcast network had decided that "human interest" would encourage more female viewers!!!!

      ARGH!!! DVR is great, we can skip all the interviews and puff-junk (soap-opera stories), as well as the "5 minutes of ads every 5 minutes" blocks!

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 11:55:39 PM PST

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