The underlying theme of the 2012 Olympics seems to be “protect and promote Islam.” via London 2012: Row after NBC drop opening ceremony ’7/7 tribute’ | Sport | guardian.co.uk.
The US broadcaster NBC is facing growing criticism after editing their delayed coverage of the London 2012 opening ceremony to replace the “memorial wall” tribute section with a Ryan Seacrest interview with Michael Phelps.
NBC, exclusive holders of the US rights to the Games, chose to broadcast the entire ceremony on a time-delay to maximise primetime advertising revenue, and were further criticised for refusing to provide a live online stream.
NBC’s broadcast, which began as the live ceremony was finishing in London, left out sections including the reflective moment when the Scottish singer Emeli Sandé sang Abide with Me.
The section included images of loved ones lost by those in the stadium, and was also widely interpreted as a tribute to the 52 victims of the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London in 2005.
On the BBC’s coverage, commentator Hazel Irvine said: “The excitement of that moment in Singapore seven years ago when London won the Games was tempered with great sorrow the very next day, with the events on 7 July.”
However NBC instead cut away in order to show Seacrest, the host of American Idol, interview Phelps.
Neither the Olympic committee nor the media can bring themselves to even admit it was a tribute to victims killed by Muslim terrorists. And the IOC refused to recognize those killed during the Olympic games 40 years ago by Muslim terrorists.
See the 7/7 Tribute video here.
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