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'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' on NBC: Tone-deaf in every way
'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' on NBC: Tone-deaf in every way

Only a fool would tune into “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” NBC’s annual tree-lighting special, for a thoughtful response to the events of the day. But only a cynic could have expected a show as appallingly tone-deaf as this year’s edition, broadcast Wednesday night from New York, hours after protests broke out there in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer whose alleged chokehold on an unarmed black man resulted in the man’s death. Technically, Matt Lauer, one of the hosts of this godforsaken event, recognized the unfortunate timing, saying, “We have to mention it’s been a bit of an emotional, even...

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