Television How Much Is Too Much?

NBC's TripleCast offered more coverage than ever, but viewers weren't buying

TV's full-throttle coverage of the Olympics has, as usual, been a matter less of journalism than of mythmaking. Every event, in the gauzy gaze of NBC's commentators, is a test of national character or moral courage. Every athlete has a stirring personal story or a dramatic comeback tale or at the very least a recent death in the family. NBC's latest contribution to the patriotic gush is a series of celebratory music videos -- among them, Marc Cohn warbling about swimming champ Pablo Morales, and D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince getting all rapped up in the Dream Team.

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