Bob Costas replies to his critics....
NBC Olympics anchor Bob Costas ably defended his Sochi performance on "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday night. Here is a report on what Costas said about Russia & Putin on air during the first hour of NBC's Sochi closing ceremony coverage:
...Costas pointed out that this should not mask the “larger and more lasting truth” about Russian policy and its citizens.
“While in many significant ways, Russians have better lives than Soviet citizens of a generation ago, there’s is still a government which imprisons dissidents, is hostile to gay rights, sponsors and supports a vicious regime in Syria, and that’s just a partial list.”
He added that these Olympics are essentially “Vladimir Putin’s games,” and if they’re successful it will help bolster his image. Costas concluded, “No amount of Olympic glory can mask those realities, any more than a biathlon gold medal, hard-earned and deeply satisfying as it is, can put out the fires in Kiev.” (Italics mine.)
My own commentary during the Sochi Games focused on Russian misrepresentations & a few dopey NBC comments, none attributed by name. But my annoyance with NBC went too far. Had I seen the closing ceremony I'd have heard Costas's comments and posted them.
Bottom Line. Costas may have made up for some of NBC's gaffes. But not for all of them.
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