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Jul 30 2012

XXX Olympiad- Day 6

Rocky Anderson on the Olympics

From Up w/ Chris Hayes

Broadcast Schedule

This is the complete schedule for today.  It covers from 6 am to 6 am.

Time Network Sport Competitors
6 am Vs. Women’s Badminton (Singles) USA v CHN
6:30 am Vs. Women’s Volleyball SRB v KOR
7 am Bravo Tennis (Second Round) all
8 am Vs. Equestrian (Individual and Team Cross Country) all
9 am MS Women’s Water Polo ESP v CHN
10 am NBC Swimming (Men’s and Women’s 200m Butterfly and Free) all
10 am MS Badminton (Men’s Doubles) USA v JPN
10:30 am NBC Rowing (Men’s 4, Women’s Double Scull) all
10:30 am MS Women’s Beach Volleyball BRA v GER
11 am NBC Canoe/Kayak (Women’s K1) all
11 am MS Women’s Water Polo ITA v AUS
11:30 am NBC Women’s Volleyball USA v BRA
11:30 am MS Women’s Basketball RUS v BRA
12:30 pm Vs. Archery (Men’s Preliminary) all
1 pm Vs. Boxing (Fly and Light Heavy Weight) elimination
1:30 pm NBC Rowing all
1:30 pm MS Table Tennis USA
1:30 pm NBC Swimming all
2 pm MS Men’s Field Hockey GBR v ARG
2:30 pm NBC Women’s Water Polo USA v HUN
3 pm Vs. Women’s Volleyball ITA v JPN
3:30 pm MS Men’s and Women’s Weightlifting all
4 pm NBC Men’s Beach Volleyball USA v POL
4 pm MS Women’s Handball FRA v ESP
4:30 pm Vs. Shooting (Air Rifle) (Medal) all
5 pm MS Women’s Beach Volleyball AST v AUS
5 pm CNBC Boxing (Fly and Light Heavy Weight) elimination
5 pm Vs. Women’s Basketball ANG v USA
7 pm Vs. Olympics TBA
8 pm NBC Prime Time (Swimming (Men’s 200m Free), Diving (Men’s Synchronized Platform), Men’s Gymnastics (Team)) (Medals) all
12:30 am NBC Late Night (Swimming (Women’s 200m IM), Canoe/Kayak (Whitewater)) all
1:30 am NBC Prime Time repeat
3 am CNBC Boxing repeats elimination
4 am Vs. Men’s Basketball CHN v RUS
5:30 am Vs. Equestrian (Team) (Medal) all

All this is sourced through the NBC Olympics broadcast schedule.  Competition starts again at 6 am tomorrow.  

Competitions designated by (Medal) will award winners that day.  ‘all’ means not specified.  Sometimes NBC especially does mashups and doesn’t include event or competitor information.  Elimination means no round robin, one and done.

These schedules are a place for you to make sure you don’t miss a sport you like and share your observations.  Have fun today!

Upsets

Spain gets bounced from Football.  Only the World and European champions.  World Champion Wieber does not Qualify in Women’s Gymnastics (Overall).

Olympic Coverage Criticism

Smug American Elitism at the Olympics Opening Ceremony

By: Kevin Gosztola, Firedog Lake

Saturday July 28, 2012 1:11 pm

It is a running joke that Americans learn geography or about countries outside the United States only when the US military decides to invade a country. Presumably, this is why NBC broadcasters Bob Costas, Matt Lauer, and Meredith Viera announcing the Olympics opening ceremony would be sharing trivia about each country, especially information that Americans might be able to understand even if they were terribly uneducated. But that should be no justification for the candor of the commentary during the broadcast of the Opening Ceremony, which was frankly an example of smug American elitism and often outright condescension.

For example, Bob Costas said North Korea’s greatest athletic achievement belongs to “dear leader Kim Jong-Il who, according to his official biography, carded 11 holes-in one, not over a lifetime but over the first round he played.



This went on for just about every other country. “Churchill never met Idi Amin,” Costas said as Ugandan athletes walked in the stadium. An anecdote about Kuwait mistakenly playing the Kazakhstan national anthem in the film Borat was shared as Kazakh athletes made their entrance. He mentioned the animated movie franchise Madagascar as Madagascan athletes strode by the camera. And, of course, like a school boy learning the country’s name for the first time or a character in a Christopher Guest film, he said, “There are some countries whose names just make you smile,” as Djibouti walked by.

The comments were not limited to quips that fell flat. Costas’ introductions of many of the countries seemed to highlight the worst aspects of each country’s history or inadequacies in the country that Costas himself may or may not have experienced personally. He said, Egypt is in “a transition of some sort,” and added, “From military dictatorship to Jeffersonian democracy? Not quite.” He noted that Kiribati does not have regularly scheduled flights to Honolulu. He ominously reminded audiences that world leaders are keeping a “wary eye” on Pakistan. He described how Australia was “originally founded as a penal colony.”



Coupled with the fact that NBC cut out the ceremony’s memorial of the 7/7 terror attacks in London and Saudi Arabia’s first female athletes entering, NBC’s presentation of the opening ceremony was appalling, hokey, and downright imbecilic. Broadcasters of the American idiocracy were in true form.

It is not like Americans are given much exposure to people or culture in countries outside of the United States. They are consistently indoctrinated with this idea from all politicians that they are citizens of the Greatest Nation on Earth. So, perhaps, it is not surprising that broadcasters on NBC would reinforce this predominant ideology of exceptionalism in our society. But is it too much to expect that NBC announcers would, for the few seconds that these countries go by, not offer smug or sneering remarks that call out the imperfections of each country’s current politics or past history?

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  1. ek hornbeck
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    where the event was not quite what was advertised.  I’m going off the NBC Olympics broadcast schedule.

  3. ek hornbeck

    Rider down.

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