John M. Becker

NBC Must Choose Between Accountability & Collaboration

Filed By John M. Becker | December 12, 2013 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Olympics 2014, Russia, Russian anti-LGBT laws, Russian propaganda law, Sochi, Sochi Olympics

"...NBC Universal, the primary American broadcaster of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, [must] decide whether it's going to go down in history as an organ of the free press or as a collaborator in the Kremlin's and the IOC's conspiracies of silence.

"NBC has been dodging attempts from activists to hold them accountable since the laws were enacted. A letter from the gay lobbying group Human Rights Campaign's president asking NBC to include news of Russia's human-rights violations alongside their standard Olympics coverage elicited a mealy-mouthed response from the network, which said it would 'provide coverage of Russia's anti-gay laws if the controversial measures surface as an issue during the upcoming Winter Olympics.' As though the fact that Neo-Nazis keep luring gay men to hotel rooms by baiting them online, then kidnapping and torturing them and posting their videos online isn't an issue at all so long as no queers are actually forced to drink their own urine in front of NBC's cameras during the snowboarding finals."

-- Activist Nancy Goldstein, slamming NBC for "pink-washing" in a hard-hitting op-ed for the American Prospect.

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