Whitewashing Russia: Apology required
Bob Costas either is on Vladimir Putin's payroll or he's astoundingly stupid and tone deaf to manipulation and atrocity. Given Mr. Costas is a highly paid sportscaster with NBC, we can only assume the latter.
Twice (so far) in his “reporting”/commentary from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Costas has offered some shockingly deferential characterizations of the Russian president and Russian history.
First up was Costas' depiction of the autocrat as some kind of grand peacemaker, brokering “a deal to allow Syria to avoid a U.S. military strike by giving up its chemical weapons” and helping “bring Iran to the negotiating table over its nuclear intentions.”
Never mind that Syria isn't living up to a deal that Putin brokered, one effectively designed to give Syrian henchman Bashar Assad time to crush his opposition. And that Iranian deal? It's an international joke.
Then there was Costas' Orwellian comments during the opening ceremonies that likened communism to “one of modern history's pivotal experiments.”
Egads, how many millions were slaughtered in the name of this dastardly 70-year exercise in total tyranny whose only end could be failure?
“If Costas thinks this cupcake coverage of Russia and Putin is going to cut it over the next few weeks, he's sadly mistaken,” writes Greg Pollowitz at National Review Online.
In the least, Bob Costas and NBC owe the world an apology.
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