U.S. mainstream media has not been doing well with its coverage of the Olympics. From fawning over Kim Jong Un’s sister and the North Korean cheerleaders to attacking the Vice President, they are not looking good. NBC apparently decided that wasn’t bad enough so their commentators added some ignorant comments into the mix to embarrass us before the rest of the world.
From Daily Wire:
NBC, the only network on which Americans can watch the Olympics, has been forced to issue an apology to the entire nation of South Korea after its anchors, Mike Tirico and Katie Couric, and its Asian correspondent, Joshua Cooper Ramo, accidentally insulted the Korean people during their Opening Ceremonies broadcast.
The trio was discussing visiting Olympic dignitaries, when they settled on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to Yahoo News.
“In the booth with Mike Tirico and Katie Couric, NBC Asian correspondent Joshua Cooper Ramo said that ‘every Korean’ respected Japan for their recent achievements as a nation, insinuating that South Korea had forgotten about the 35 brutal years of Japanese rule that ended after World War II,” Yahoo reported.
Now, one might see that the anchors might be somewhat ignorant of history (although they shouldn’t be).
But this comment came from the ‘expert’ analyst they hired to provide context and background. And he doesn’t know that that would be offensive?
The Korea Times reported that “tens of thousands” of Koreans and non-Koreans demanded that this be corrected and that NBC apologize.
You don’t have to understand Korean to know they’re not happy with someone saying a brutal occupation was good for them.
NBC issued a statement apologizing.
During our coverage of the Parade of Nations on Friday we said it was notable that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the trip to Korea for the Olympics, “representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945 but every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation.” We understand the Korean people were insulted by these comments and we apologize.
That’s an apology although not much of one. Likely they didn’t want to go into any greater detail because then they’re afraid that they might tick off Japan.
But they did get rid of Ramo.
From Fox News:
Ramo, a former journalist at Time magazine, is co-CEO at Kissinger Associates and had been hired temporarily by NBC to bring historical context to its coverage. According to his LinkedIn page, Ramo held a similar role as a “China analyst” during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
The network said his assignment at the Olympics is now over.
As of Sunday afternoon, Ramo’s biography had been removed from the NBC Sports Pressbox website, which includes pages devoted to all the network’s talent.
That wasn’t the only huge faux pas due to the ignorance of NBC folks.
Katie Couric herself stepped in it but good during her commentary about Dutch speedskating.
“Why are they so good you may be asking yourselves? Because skating is an important mode of transportation in a city like Amsterdam, which sits at sea level and have lots of canals that can freeze in the winter,” she said.
“For as long as those canals have existed the Dutch have skated on them from place to place, to race each other, and also to have fun.”
Yes, the Dutch are great at speed skating. But it isn’t because of anything Couric said.
The Dutch had great fun trolling Couric for her ignorance.
Can’t wait to see what NBC’s next pearl of wisdom is.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]