If KXRM-TV learned anything last night, it was not to mess with with people's viewing of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
. Apparently — and I hate to admit this based on how cool the reboot sounds, but I wasn't watching it — multitudes of duplicated commercials interrupted the program multiple times.
Of course, this wasn't just annoying: It was a conspiracy. Just ask the people on Facebook
who aren't hip to the fact that FOX 21 is an affiliate, not an offspring, of FOX News.
"In a conservative evangelical town like Colorado Springs, you're 'accidentally' censoring an episode that deals heavily with evolution, climate change and the age of the earth," wrote user Tristan Schwartz. "You have a shitload to answer for. I don't believe for one second that this is outside your control. FIRE WHOEVER NEEDS TO BE FIRED."
The channel responded that the problem came from an issue with its ownership, the Sinclair Broadcast Group
, and that it's seeking to re-air the episode. In a call with the Indy
today, news director Joe Cole explained that the actual problem was that the wrong block of commercials was automatically queued locally, meaning they all ran at the wrong time.
Anyway, here are some angry tweets about the episode titled "The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth"