Terry Fox, Michael J Fox, what’s the difference?

Canadians always shake their heads when reminded of how little Americans know about their neighbour to the north.

Thanks to Regret the Error for posting this Olympic-scale NBC research blunder:

Any Canadian above the age of six would have spotted the problem long before it was broadcast.

Ah well.  You see screw-ups in the media all the time.

Entire networks, for example, mistake Sarah Palin for someone worth putting on air.

15 Responses to “Terry Fox, Michael J Fox, what’s the difference?”

  1. February 17, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Nobody ever accused NBC’s Olympics coverage of being accurate, unbiased, or timely.

  2. February 17, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Shaking their heads in solidarity?

    I’ll get me coat…

  3. February 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Actually I saw him on Boston Legal and he was hardly twitchy at all.

    • February 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm

      I had to look that up, of course. Maybe that’s where they got confused… MJF was in four episodes as a cancer patient fighting to get the real drugs instead of a placebo. Did I miss much of the last 20 years of North American pop culture?

  4. February 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Unlike with NBC, apparently CTV actually has a FORMULA for their Olympic coverage.


    • February 17, 2010 at 7:03 pm

      That’s funny, Az, but I think every country does the same. In Germany the coverage focuses on the Germans, they root for them, they express disappointment when they don’t win, etc.

      Cliff – I remember that film! It showed a lot of the frustrations they faced – being completely ignored in Quebec, for instance.

  5. February 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I heard her refer to him as “Michael Fox,” not “Michael J. Fox.” Or did I miss something? Either way, yeah, bummer, but had she said the “J.” it would have been worse.

    And just in case — yeah I know who Terry Fox was and I faintly remember a TV-movie about his run across Canada. I remember it mostly because it’s the first instance I can recall of hearing “dammit” or maybe “god dammit” in a show my parents ASKED me to watch with them.

  6. February 23, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Meredith Vieria is an embarrassing idiot.

  7. February 28, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I’m not american or Canadian and it’s glaringly obvious to me too

  8. March 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    But they actually showed the picture of Michael J. Fox (face)!

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