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Television Viewers Complain About Fireworks Broadcast

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 The Independence Day fireworks are set off in the fog and rain above the Washington DC skyline, with the Lincoln Memorial seen beneath; as seen from Arlington, Virginia, USA, 04 July 2016.
The Independence Day fireworks are set off in the fog and rain above the Washington DC skyline, with the Lincoln Memorial seen beneath; as seen from Arlington, Virginia, USA, 04 July 2016.

Someone else added “not cool… those shots are clearly not from tonight”

Finally, the producers of the show released a statement. They called editing the TV broadcast, “the patriotic thing to do.”

One person wrote: “If I wanted that, I’d watch YouTube.”

Eventually, the producers apologized for not being honest with TV viewers. They wrote that the edits were made to make the “best possible television viewing experience. We apologize…”

But that was not the end of it. One Twitter user joked: “only in D.C. could a PBS show become a scandal.”

And that’s What’s Trending Today.

I’m Dan Friedell.

Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.

What do you think about the fireworks editing? We want to know. Write to us in the Comments Section or on our Facebook page.

Words in This Story

scandal – n. an occurrence in which people are shocked and upset because of behavior that is morally or legally wrong

edit – v. to change, move, or remove parts of (a film, recording, photo, etc.)

patrioticadj. having or showing great love and support for your country : having or showing patriotism

cool – adj. very fashionable, stylish, or appealing in a way that is generally approved of especially by young people

confuseadj. difficult to understand : not clearly organized, expressed, etc.

glaren. a harsh, bright light

streakn. a long, narrow area or flash of light

viewers – n. a person who watches television

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