NBC’s “Rock Center” recently covered Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace, and they show that the scandal is much worse than merely doping. The lengths that Armstrong went to in order to cover up his misdeeds were much worse than the doping itself. Unfortunately, reporters were all too willing to overlook eyewitness testimony in those early years, and their soft coverage enabled the scandal to continue for as long as it did.
There’s a poignant moment at the end of the second video in which one of the witnesses challenges NBC’s Harry Smith for dropping the ball in his previous interviews with Armstrong. Smith talks about the possibility for atonement and whether or not it’s possible to make things right by telling the true story now. But he ultimately says there is no making up for the past lapses in reporting.
One of the witnesses who was strong-armed by Armstrong to keep her quiet put it this way: “There’s none so blind than those that don’t want to see.” Watch both parts of this story below.