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Costas Blasts ‘Shameless’ IOC For Allowing China To Host Winter Olympics

When you’ve lost Bob Costas … Sports broadcaster Bob Costas has had enough with the International Olympic Committee’s and media’s combined love affair with communist countries.

Over the past fourteen years, three of the past eight Summer and Winter Olympic events have been hosted in communist nations – the 2008 Summer Olympics (Beijing), the 2014 Winter Olympics (Sochi, Russia), and the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics (Beijing again). All these countries are guilty of human rights violations, restricting free speech and a general disdain of freedom. However, the IOC is happy to grant these countries the right to host the Olympics. NBC appears equally content to spend billions of money to make sure they cover only the Olympics.

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Costas stated in a CNN interview that the restrictive nature of the forthcoming games (both with media outlets and absurd COVID regulations) will make it not feel authentic or enjoyable for everyone involved.

“But as you mention, the restrictions on press freedom and the sense that everyone there is being monitored in some way…It isn’t just NBC. Any network that broadcasts big sports events is simultaneously in a position, it’s quasi-journalistic at best. You’re reporting a news event and what surrounds it in the case of the Olympics isn’t just what’s confined to one game in a stadium, you’re reporting an event, but you’re also promoting the event.”

Click the link below to watch Costas’ destroy the IOC for their choices:

Costas pointed out that the IOC doesn’t approve of any political statements being made during the Olympics. This will restrict the amount of airtime given to the China human rights abuses. He further speculated that outlets will briefly highlight China’s totalitarian rule, and then say nothing else about what is going on unless absolutely necessary.

Despite all of China’s efforts to intimidate those who shed light on their wicked government, the truth of China’s rule is coming to light. They will do everything they can to hide it during the Games but it is not possible to conceal it for people like Costas that see it.

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