I’m getting rather steamed up about the complete silence by the perky staff on the Today Show about the fact that China is an authoritarian government that has a spotty record on human rights and lacks free elections and a free press. Instead, we getting dreamy montages of the Chinese culture and loving descriptions of the Bird Nest stadium. All that is fine. But right after they show a reporter wolfing down roasted bugs in the markets of Beijing, they should also mention that China has denied visas to athletes who have dared protest China’s position on Darfur.
I have been thinking about that too, although I can’t say I’m really steamed. Yet. I don’t want NBC to get kicked out of China and I don’t want politics with my Olympics anyway but I do hope that when the Games are over NBC will do the right thing and tell the other side of the story.