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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Revisionist television

NBC’s “Today” show this morning televised the pomp and pageantry of the Olympic flame being passed from one torch bearer to another in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Ah, Tiananmen. So majestic. So regal. So symbolic.

… and the site of an estimated 800 pro-democracy demonstrators being murdered by savage Chinese troops on June 4, 1989.

But NBC conveniently forgot to mention that.

I realize the Peacock Network has a ton of money invested in its broadcasts of the upcoming Summer Games in China, and that it wants to focus on all that’s good about the quadrennial sporting event, but ignoring history won’t make it go away.

It will, however, make NBC look ridiculous.



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