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Ron Judd, an Olympics junkie and Seattle Times columnist who has covered Olympic sports since 1997, will use this space to serve up news and opinion on the Summer and Winter Games -- also inviting you to chime in on Planet Earth's biggest get-together.

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August 18, 2008 1:41 PM

All Hail NBC, part 43

Posted by Ron Judd


The hyperbolic panting about the great success of NBC's Olympic effort reached new heights today, with a piece in the New York Times essentially declaring Dick Ebersole, executive producer of NBC's Beijing Games, as the savior of network television.

We kid you not.

Note that in the entire piece, not a single word, mention, or even oblique reference is made to the huge numbers of disaffected viewers in the Disadvantaged Time Zone. Not surprising, given the general we-are-the-world-and-you-live-in-Nome tenor of most East Coast-based journalism. But a bit surprising given that Times' media reporter Richard Sandomir shares a byline on the piece. Sandomir did some of the best -- and only -- East Coast reporting on the West-Coast delay issue when the Games began.

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www.olympic.org: The official International Olympic Committtee site, with news releases, a searchable Olympic medals database and other archival information.
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