So it’s not exactly surprising that — when faced with the foggy, overcast weather in Washington on Monday night — producers of PBS’s “A Capitol Fourth” concert and fireworks special edited the live broadcast to include stock footage of previously recorded fireworks, which showed a glorious display bursting in a clear sky. When viewers found out what they saw on TV didn’t match what was happening on the National Mall, many of them did not take it well.
But why are people so angry? You’re sitting on your couch and watching fireworks on television: Isn’t the whole point to see something magical? Does it really matter whether what you’re watching is live or not?