“I’m starting to hate that moment when Olympic runners helped each other to the finish line,” declared Slate writer Justin Peters in a headline on Wednesday. The moment in question occurred during a 5,000 meter heat in Rio on Tuesday. Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand fell and took out American Abbey D’Agostino with her. D’Agostino help Hamlin to her feet, while Hamblin cheered on D’Agostino when she showed signs of a knee injury, and both finished roughly two minutes behind first place.
On Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer and his colleagues were aghast Team USA’s Olympic champions would be forced to pay taxes on their winning medals. Lauer proclaimed: “Like other medalists, Michael [Phelps] receives a cash bonus for all the hardware. Guess what? He’s gonna have to pay taxes on every single medal and every single bonus. It's called the victory tax.”
Olympic sharpshooter Kim Rhode won a bronze medal in skeet shooting on Aug. 12, becoming the first woman to win medals at six consecutive Olympics. That was a remarkable feat. But despite her achievements, Rhode does not have “a single sponsor from outside the firearm industry.” Major companies like Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble turned down sponsorship requests, according to Bloomberg.
Women’s magazines are notoriously pro-choice. Therefore when the tweet below appeared in my feed this morning, I thought I knew what to expect.
CNN's Chris Cuomo heralded American fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad as a "global phenomenon" on Tuesday's New Day. Cuomo gave Muhammad the kid glove treatment by failing to ask her about her anti-Israel posts on Twitter and her controversial criticism of the "climate of anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States." Instead, the anchor prompted her to respond to unnamed "critics" who attacked her hijab as "a symbol of extremism." He also wondered, "What do you want people to know about what it is to be American?"
In the immortal words of Sergeant Hulka from Stripes, “Lighten up, Francis.” According to CNN.com, there are people who think a tweet from Ellen DeGeneres is racist. “Some on Twitter found the image less than golden,” according to the story, “with cries of racism and insensitivity in joking about a white woman riding the back of a black man.”
On Monday afternoon, the Associated Press reported on Egyptian Judo athlete Islam El Shehaby being reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee and sent home after refusing to shake the hand of an Israeli competitor after a match at the Rio games on Friday. While NBC’s local Washington D.C. affiliate WRC-4 posted the report to its website, neither Monday’s NBC Nightly News nor Tuesday’s Today touched the story.
On Friday, the far-left site Vox was on display in trying to ruin the Olympics viewing experience as writer Todd VanDerWerff ruined his otherwise reasonable complaints about NBC’s tape-delayed coverage with short, pathetic riffs about the country’s Olympic broadcaster focusing too much on Team USA, no foreign journalist on the broadcast team for the opening ceremony, and claims that black athletes like Gabby Douglas have been ignored.
Radical feminism in its most odious expressions has become one comprehensive emulation of Animal Farm looming over women's lives from cradle to grave. The original George Orwell masterpiece popularized the saying, "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." Radical feminists tell us they believe that feminism is all about choice — but some choices are clearly seen as superior to others.
Not that she cares, because she has far better things to do, but U.S. Olympic beach volleyballer Kerri Walsh Jennings is getting pushback from radical feminists for describing her choices in life thusly: "I feel like I was born to have babies and play volleyball."
With the 2016 Olympic Games in full swing Larry Wilmore and the cast of The Nightly Show decided to mock Americans with the unoriginal “ignorant American” trope Monday night. “I'll tell you what, alright, our athletes are making America great again by beating the hell out of other countries,” exclaimed “typical American” Tank Mancusso, played by Rory Albanese, “This is like the Vietnam War all over again! We just come here and friggen’ dominate, baby!”
During an inspirational story on Monday’s NBC Today about the first team of refugees to compete in the Olympics, co-host Matt Lauer couldn’t resist the chance to take a dig a Republican nominee Donald Trump: “The historic first by the IOC [International Olympic Committee] comes at a critical time when backlash against refugees has sparked fears in Europe, and here in the United States.”
WASHINGTON -- August is upon us, and it is time to change the subject from the hype of presidential politics to the hype of international sports. No, not the hype of international soccer -- the scam of that racket is well-known. Let us turn to the hype of the Olympic competition.