Lindecision 2012

  • Aired:  02/20/12
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Aasif Mandvi reports on the Time Warner Cable MSG Network blackout preventing New York's Chinatown residents from watching Jeremy Lin play. (4:23)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

NOW, YOU MAY HAVE HEARD NEW

YORK CITY RIGHT NOW IS IN THE

GRIPS OF LIN-SANITY.

IT'S GRIPPING THE CITY.

THIS HAS A DARK SIDE AS AASIF

MANDVI ORTS IN THIS EDITION OF

LIN-DECISION 2012.

>> JEREMY LIN.

HE'S A HERO TO BOTH NEW

YORKERS AND ASIANS EVERYWHERE.

YET SIDELY MANY CHINESE AND

TAIWAN HE'S FANS ARE PREVENTED

FROM SEEING JEREMY LIN PLAY

DUE TO MEDIA CENSORSHIP.

I WENT TO WITNESS THESE HUMAN

RIGHTS ABUSES FIRSTHAND UNDER

THE IRON GRIP OF TOTALITARIAN

RULE THE STREETS WERE FILLED

WITH WARY GLANCES, SUSPICION

AND FEAR.

A BRAVE FEW WERE WILLING TO

PUT THEIR LIVES IN DANGER BY

SPEAKING TO ME.

IT'S VERY NICE TO MEET YOU.

>> IT'S VERY NICE TO MEET YOU.

>> I'M SURPRISED HERE IN CHINA

YOU WOULD SPEAK ENGLISH THAT

WELL.

>> THIS IS CHINATOWN.

>> I DON'T KNOW WHY I TOOK A

PLANE HERE.

>> Reporter: IRONICALLY WHILE

TELEVISION VIEWERS IN CHINA

AND TAIWAN CAN SEE JEREMY LIN

VIEWERS IN NEW YORK'S

CHINATOWN CANNOT.

>> BLACKED OUT ON TIME WARNER

FOR SEVEN WEEKS.

>> THERE HAVE BEEN NO

MEANINGFUL DECISIONS BETWEEN

TIME WARNER CABLE....

>> TWO MILLION PEOPLE CAN'T

SEE THE KNICKS PLAY.

>> Reporter: ONE CHINATOWN

RESIDENT DESCRIBED THE

OPPRESSIVE LIVING CONDITIONS

HE IS FORCED TO ENDURE.

>> IN MY BUILDING WE CAN'T GET

DIRECT TV OR ANY OTHER SERVICE

LIKE VERIZON.

I JUST FEEL LIKE A PRISONER.

I CAN'T WATCH JEREMY LIN PLAY.

>> TIME WARNER COMES WITHOUT

MSG.

SOMETIMES I SEE IT WRITTEN IN

THE MENU.

BUT IT'S NOT ALWAYS... YOU

DON'T ALWAYS KNOW.

>> I'M PRETTY SURE NO MSG.

>> Reporter: IT HAS FORCED

PEOPLE TO RISK THEIR LIVES

JUST TO GET A GLIMPSE OF THE

LIN-SANITY.

>> HE'S BEEN KIND ENOUGH TO

LEAD US.

JEREMY LIN AGAINST THE DIRECT

ORDERS OF TIME WARNER.

>> Reporter: THEY CRAMMED

TOGETHER WATCHING A SMOTHERED

SIGNAL IN AN UNDERGROUND

RESTAURANT.

AND TO THINK THIS WAS

HAPPENING IN AMERICA.

I KNEW I HAD TO TRY TO HELP

THEM.

SO IT SEEMED FEW TILE AGAINST

SUCH A POWERFUL AND FAR-REACHING

ORGANIZATION.O1FMa

MAYBE I COULD REASON WITH TIME

WARNER.

SO I CALLED THEM AND SET UP AN

INTERVIEW.

I WAITED AFTERNOON WAITED.

>> ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

COME ON!

OH, MAN!

>> WITH ALL THE LIN-SANITY

CONSUMING THE LAND, IT WAS LIN-

CONCEIVEABLE THAT TIME WARNER

WOULD KEEP THE MOST LIN-CREDIBLE

STORY IN THE LIN-BA.

>> DO YOU THINK THIS WILL KEEP

PROLONGING THE ISSUE.

>> I'M HOPING THEY WILL

RESOLVE IT SOON JOORT SHE

WONKFULLY TOOK HIM AWAY FROM

YOU.

>> YOU COULD SAY THAT.

>> Reporter: IS THAT MAKING

YOU WONK... DAMN.

THIS IS REALLY HARD.

LIN IS A MUCH EASIER NAME.

AMAZINGLY WHILE WE WERE TAPING

THIS STORY, A MIRACLE

OCCURRED.

>> THE "NEW YORK TIMES" AT

LEAST IS REPORTING THAT THERE

IS A DEAL.

THEY HAVE RESOLVED THE DISPUTE

AND THEY WILL HEAR ABOUT IT AT

SOME POINT TODAY.

>> OH, MY GOD.

>> Reporter: AWESOME.

THE CONFLICT WAS RESOLVED.

BUT THE VICTIMS OF THIS ABUSE

WILL NEVER FORGET THE PAIN AND

INDIGNITY THEY'VE BEEN FORCED

TO LIVE THROUGH.

HE CHOSE TO EXPRESS HIS

SENTIMENTS ABOUT TIME WARNER

WITH A POEM IN HIS NATIVE

TIME.

>> TIME WARNER.

>> Reporter: THAT WAS

BEAUTIFUL.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

>> (BEEP), (BEEP).

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon:

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