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Wash Post Columnist: America's 'Olympic Chauvinism' Is 'Mild' Compared to Hitler's Germany
NewsBusters.org ^ | August 13, 2012 | Scott Whitlock

Posted on 08/13/2012 1:45:01 PM PDT by Kaslin

(Well, it's a good thing America's "chauvinism" isn't quite as bad as Hitler.) The Post journalist seemed to want to have it both ways, acknowledging the prestige and advertising money U.S. viewers bring to the Olympics and at the same time worrying about how Chinese athletes "don’t get many humanizing breaks." Farhi lamented, "Bob Costas hasn’t been having them over for many post-game chats, nor is Visa likely to feature them in its golden-tinged commercials anytime soon."Washington Post columnist Paul Farhi on Saturday offered an obnoxious comparison for the widespread American patriotism on display during the just-ended Olympics: He brought up Hitler. Regarding the quest for gold medals, Farhi connected, "Certainly, America's current Olympic chauvinism (USA! USA!) is mild compared with Adolf Hitler's grotesque perversion of the 1936 Berlin Games or the long arc of the Cold War era."

(Well, it's a good thing America's "chauvinism" isn't quite as bad as Hitler.) The Post journalist seemed to want to have it both ways, acknowledging the prestige and advertising money U.S. viewers bring to the Olympics and at the same time worrying about how Chinese athletes "don’t get many humanizing breaks." Farhi lamented, "Bob Costas hasn’t been having them over for many post-game chats, nor is Visa likely to feature them in its golden-tinged commercials anytime soon."

Regarding the apparently serious problem of excess patriotism, Farhi floated this idea:

If it were serious about the athletes-not-nations thing, the IOC would ban the parade of nations during the Opening Ceremonies and scrap the playing of national anthems during medal ceremonies. It might also consider banning nations altogether and letting the best athletes, regardless of citizenship, compete against one another.

However, Farhi tried to take it all back at the end of the column, noting the money and sponsorship brought in from U.S. companies. He reconsidered, "So ignore the quaint rhetoric in the Olympic Charter. By all means, root, root, root for the home team. Because if they don't win, well . . . no Games."

Whatever Farhi's muddled point, comparing, even mildly, honest pride in America to that Hitler's Germany is incredibly inappropriate.

An August 1 piece in Salon.com by David Sirota discussed the "pangs of discomfort" over watching Americans cheer Team USA.


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1 posted on 08/13/2012 1:45:07 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

What’s a “Washington Post?”


2 posted on 08/13/2012 1:47:16 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Kaslin
The UK, PRC, French and Aussie media seem to have no problem championing their home country's athletes.

Why does every "think(sic)-piece" on US coverage of the Olympics moan about the generally positive coverage given to Team USA?

3 posted on 08/13/2012 1:49:07 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: Da Coyote

Cheap paper liner for bird cages and litter boxes.


4 posted on 08/13/2012 1:49:20 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Bocephus hits a home run! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_vjPqAVzI)
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To: Kaslin

Jeez. So even just once every four years is too often for Americans to show some pride in the greatest country on Earth?

Except Michelle Obama, of course, who wasn’t proud of this country until she was 44 years old.


5 posted on 08/13/2012 1:53:08 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: Da Coyote

So what would they LIKE us to yell: ZIM-BA-BWE! ZIM-BA-BWE!???/s

(of course if we don’t throw the current crop of DC knuckleheads out in Nov., four years from now there won’t be much of a difference;)


6 posted on 08/13/2012 1:53:38 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Kaslin

Does anyone else notice that this “egalitarian” idea is never advanced with regard to Hollywood stars at the Oscars or to the promotion/election of a “superior” progressive “intellectual” to the White House?


7 posted on 08/13/2012 1:54:18 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Kaslin
and at the same time worrying about how Chinese athletes "don’t get many humanizing breaks."

I assume he's a leftist. If so, he ought to be careful what he wishes for. People might be exposed to some human-rights issues that were completely unprepared for.

I say that we should by all means showcase the life of a Chinese child of about 5 when they are identified as a potential Olympic athlete.

We can discuss how their parents weren't allowed to visit or even see many of them perform at the Beijing Olypmics.

We can talk about how female athletes are beaten when they make a mistake.

Yup...Costas' coverage of Chinese athletes at the Olympics would be a great eye-opener.
8 posted on 08/13/2012 1:55:22 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Kaslin

Well, at least he didn’t call it ‘jingoism’..........


9 posted on 08/13/2012 2:02:36 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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Godwin’s Law in effect, and they didn’t even make it off the title.


10 posted on 08/13/2012 2:05:29 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: Kaslin
Last time I checked, NBC was an American company broadcasting to a primarily American audience. Maybe Bob Costas would interview some Chinese athletes if:

a) They spoke English

b) People in China had the freedom, not to mention money, to actually watch TV from the outside world, and

c) NBC was being broadcast (uncensored) in China.

Seriously, there cannot be a more clueless and useless group of people on earth than today's "journalists".

Just utterly, absolutely worthless.

11 posted on 08/13/2012 2:07:22 PM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Kaslin

“worrying about how Chinese athletes “don’t get many humanizing breaks.” “

If this jackass actually cared about the Chinese athletes, he’d be writing article after article about how they’re raised and trained....


12 posted on 08/13/2012 2:10:02 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: wideawake

Last night, NBC showed a video clip of the BBC booth (shot from the back) when Brit Mo Farah won the men’s 10,000m. They all celebrated, and one of them knocked over his or her chair. NBC should have played the audio of the BBC’s call.

I wonder what Al Michaels looked like when he called the 1980 USA-USSR hockey game.


13 posted on 08/13/2012 2:16:34 PM PDT by JeffChrz (ObamaCare is now ObamaTax. Vote for Romney.)
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To: Kaslin

And the US is championing the superiority of what master race of humans???????

Tripe!!!!


14 posted on 08/13/2012 2:23:24 PM PDT by RatRipper (Obama, YOU LIE!!! . . .again and again and again and again, ad infinitum. . . .)
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To: Kaslin

Oikophobia is the state cult of leftists.


15 posted on 08/13/2012 2:47:16 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: Kaslin

If we take the ‘patriotism’ (i.e. countries)out of the Olympics, what’s the point in having them? The games were started and billed as a way for countries to compete peaceably.


16 posted on 08/13/2012 2:53:51 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

Exactly, but then that is the LSM for you


17 posted on 08/13/2012 2:57:29 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Da Coyote
AKA here as Washington Compost
18 posted on 08/13/2012 3:02:56 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: mmichaels1970

Profound. Thanks

When oh when will an American conservative pony up and buy one of the losing rags?


19 posted on 08/13/2012 3:04:30 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: mmichaels1970

Profound. Thanks

When oh when will an American conservative pony up and buy one of the losing rags?


20 posted on 08/13/2012 3:04:30 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: mmichaels1970

Profound. Thanks

When oh when will an American conservative pony up and buy one of the losing rags?


21 posted on 08/13/2012 3:04:40 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: mmichaels1970

Profound. Thanks

When oh when will an American conservative pony up and buy one of the losing rags?


22 posted on 08/13/2012 3:04:49 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: mmichaels1970

Profound. Thanks

When oh when will an American conservative pony up and buy one of the losing rags?


23 posted on 08/13/2012 3:04:56 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: mmichaels1970

Profound. Thanks

When oh when will an American conservative pony up and buy one of the losing rags?


24 posted on 08/13/2012 3:04:56 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: mmichaels1970

Profound. Thanks

When oh when will an American conservative pony up and buy one of the losing rags?


25 posted on 08/13/2012 3:05:07 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: mmichaels1970

Profound. Thanks

When oh when will an American conservative pony up and buy one of the losing rags?


26 posted on 08/13/2012 3:05:07 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: sgtyork

Ooops


27 posted on 08/13/2012 3:06:00 PM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: Kaslin
Silly columnist. Every country's coverage focuses on its own athletes. There's nothing malevolent there.

And probably this year's Olympic coverage was less "chauvinistic" than in other years when the Olympics were held here and the crowds were stoked.

28 posted on 08/13/2012 3:14:06 PM PDT by x
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To: Kaslin
Chinese athletes "don’t get many humanizing breaks." Farhi lamented, "Bob Costas hasn’t been having them over for many post-game chats, nor is Visa likely to feature them in its golden-tinged commercials anytime soon."

They will make plenty of money in China. How many hamburgers would a Chinese athlete be expected to sell here?

29 posted on 08/13/2012 3:25:08 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Kaslin

Leni Riefenstahl and Albert Speer pretty much invented the modern Olympics as shown on TV. Her masterpiece OLYMPIAD has yet to be surpassed as a record of the games.


30 posted on 08/13/2012 3:26:02 PM PDT by Argus
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To: JeffChrz

Nothing will ever top this for a “Homer Call” by the Dutch announcer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc1H2hOHu_s


31 posted on 08/13/2012 3:42:38 PM PDT by dfwgator
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32 posted on 08/13/2012 3:57:56 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: sgtyork
Ooops

lol. I think my "ping box" exploded.
33 posted on 08/14/2012 5:30:16 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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