NBC Sports has apologized for an incendiary comment made during Friday’s Opening Ceremony led to widespread anger and tens of thousands of angry social media posts.
In the booth with Mike Tirico and Katie Couric, NBC Asian correspondent Joshua Cooper Ramo said that “every Korean” respected Japan for their recent achievements as a nation, insinuating that South Korea had forgotten about the 35 brutal years of Japanese rule that ended after World War II.
“His  incorrect  and  insensitive  comment  about  Korea’s  history  has  enraged many   of [Korea’s]   people,” wrote Jung Min-ho in The Korea Times.
NBC issued a non-descriptive apology a few hours later. In a statement read live on NBCSN early Saturday morning, anchor Carolyn Manno said:
During our coverage of the Parade of Nations on Friday we said it was notable that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the trip to Korea for the Olympics, “representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea …