Which are the most high-profile Russia haters among the American media?
Just like with the civil war in Syria, the Sochi 2014 Olympics makes it clear who are following the directions from their American policy-makers in their efforts to paint Russia in black.
After a grandiose opening of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, many of the initially negative and fault-searching western journalists are slowly discovering the real situation in Sochi and that there actually is an Olympic Game going on.
Some journalists are, however, still reluctant (or prohibited by their editors) to abandon their focus on finding logistic and environmental flaws.
Here is the list of 11 media-outlets whose journalists seems to be in Sochi just to right bad things about Russia and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
On Winter Olympics’ first full day, Sochi problems aren’t gone but are partially forgotten
After so much talk of stray dogs, shower surveillance and toilet curiosities — not to mention terrorism and human-rights concerns — the attention turned, as it almost always does the day after the Opening Ceremonies, on the traditional first full day of competition, to the athletes and the games. Goodbye, #sochiproblems. Hello, #sochiolympians.
Well, actually, hold off on that goodbye.
Rick Maese, Sally Jenkins, Liz Clarke and Barry Svrluga contributed to this report.
And then follows a long list of negatives, some new but mostly the old and already worn-out (costs, corruption, gays and failing infrastructures).
From the headline, we can, however, notice a small change to a more positive tone from a paper which was leading the pack of Russian bashers before the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
The Gayest Olympics Ever
Sorry, Vlad. Sochi's opening ceremony was theatrical, flamboyant, and fabulously haughty.
With its undercurrent of terrorist threats, homo-discrimination, gnarly demonstrations, dog-culling, political posturing, and corruption a gogo, the run-up to the Sochi Winter Olympics has been a tension-wracked nightmare. A nightmare with a $50 billion where-the-hell-did-all-that-money-go price tag. Honesty compels me to admit that when I sat down to watch the ceremony streaming live this morning—and be warned, if you're waiting to see the pomp and circumstance on NBC tonight, spoilers lie ahead—I was feeling rather tense. At the very least I anticipated a Hitchcock scenario—a lethal mixture of Saboteur, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Thirty-Nine Steps, and Torn Curtain—only with a lot more Lycra. Would something appalling happen right before our very eyes? How could it not?
The ceremony started and my sense of impending doom evaporated immediately. As soon as I saw the smiling Olympic Snegurochka snow princesses with their huge filigree headdresses and their vampy runway walks, I relaxed. Why? Because I was reminded of the deep and profound gayness of Russian culture.
Followed by a list of Russian historical persons with alleged gay personalities. However, as President Putin himself once said, “even if Tchaikovsky was gay, we respect him not for that but for his compositions”.
Sochi: Worst Olympics Travel Destination Ever?
One thing is certain: this Winter Olympics is the greatest financial boondoggle in the history of the Games.
Read more: Sochi: Worst Olympics Travel Destination Ever? | TIME.com http://business.time.com/2014/02/08/sochi-worst-olympics-travel-destination-ever/#ixzz2sqrPP5s6
4. NBC (& The Weekly Standard & GIZMODO)
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In Sochi, Every Single Phone and Laptop Is Definitely Getting Hacked
“As tourists and families of athletes arrive in Sochi, if they haven't been warned, and if they fire up their phones at baggage claim, it's probably too late to save the integrity of their electronics and everything inside them. Visitors to Russia can expect to be hacked. And as Richard Engel found out upon his arrival there, it's not a matter of if, but when,” reports NBC's Brian Williams. Credits: NBC: All Visitors to Sochi Olympics Immediately Hacked
The problem with the report by NBC is that it is totally false. Read about how Errata Security takes it apart here:
The story shows Richard Engel “getting hacked” while in a cafe in Russia. It is wrong in every salient detail.
- They aren't in Sochi, but in Moscow, 1007 miles away.
- The “hack” happens because of the websites they visit (Olympic themed websites), not their physical location. The results would've been the same in America.
- The phone didn't “get” hacked; Richard Engel initiated the download of a hostile Android app onto his phone and he had to disable the security on the phone to do it
12 Sochi Photos That Russia Probably Doesn't Want You to See
Even one of the of the most popular content aggregators on the Internet doesn't hesitate to join the bashing Russia party (maybe that's why they are so popular in America?)
Most corrupt Olympics ever: Why Sochi’s “above and beyond” what we’ve seen before
Dave Zirin, author of “Bad Sports,” tells Salon about graft, LGBT activism, Putin and why athletes will defy him
by JOSH EIDELSON
The Sochi scandal no one’s talking about: How Russia is silencing its environmentalists – Salon.com
Photographic Proof That Sochi Is A Godforsaken Hellscape Right Now
The Sochi Mascot Known As “Nightmare Bear” Will Haunt Your Life
Forget everything else, this is clearly the worst part of Sochi so far.
Even Huffington post does not hesitate to write down Russia and the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Here are a couple of their headlines:
Russia Says It Knows Journalists Are Overhyping Sochi Hotel Problems Because It's Spying On Them
28 Places That Would Have Made A Better Olympic Location Than Sochi
Credits: 28 Places Better Than Sochi
9. The Wall Street Journal (and, maybe, Google)
For Sochi Games, It’s a Rainbow Google Doodle
Apparently the WSJ journalist and editors forgot that the letters in “Google” do have the colors of the rainbow in their original version. Maybe it means that their founders are gay?
Sochi Games Open as Snowflake Malfunction Mars High-Tech Glitz
5 Awful Stories You Haven't Heard About the Winter Olympics | Cracked.com
The LGBT situation in Russia is the most misunderstood but also most used in the American (and EU) anti Russian policy.
5 Awful Stories You Haven't Heard About the Winter Olympics | Cracked.com
The issue with most international journalists reporting about the LGBT situation in Russia and the Russian law on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” is that they have not bothered to read the text of the law in itself. Or they just execute an official American policy when they continue to refer to the law as “anti-gay”.
This post at InfoWars.com and this video plus PDF put the record straight and explains why the Russian law on “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” is much less “anti-gay” than some of the laws in the USA.
The hysterical outcry against the Russian “anti-gay” law is a monumental public relations scam and has nothing to do with genuine concerns about gay rights. Find out what it’s really about in this video.