Prop·a·gan·da [prop-uh-gan-duh]: noun
- information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.
- the deliberate spreading of such information, rumors, etc.
- the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.
Most Americans believe that propaganda is something that was only prevalent in Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union. In fact, here in the U.S. we are surrounded by propaganda every day. From the news to advertisements, the elites are bombarding us with images of what they would like us to be. You may not notice most of it.
Even the world of sports reporting has become another way to promote social engineering and pro-leftist ideals. Witness one Bob Costas on Thursday night’s NBC broadcast of the Olympics:
Costas then talked about the success of the XXII Winter Olympics. Security has held up, venues have been praised and the warmth of the host country has shone through, he said, before tearing into the Russian regime: ”While Russian citizens have better lives than Soviet citizens of a generation ago, theirs is still a government which imprisons dissidents, is hostile to gay rights, sponsors and supports a vicious regime in Syria, and that’s just a partial list.
The Sochi games are Vladimir Putin‘s games, from their inception to their conclusion, and all points in between. If they are successful on their own terms, as appears to be the case, then at least in some corners it will help to burnish the image of a regime with which much of the world takes significant issue. No amount of Olympic glory can mask those realities any more than a biathlon gold medal, though hard-earned and deeply satisfying as it is, can put out the fires in Kiev.”
Here are a few questions for Mr. Costas.
1. What is on the rest of the list? You gave us three things, the first of which may be true. Of course, the United States has also imprisoned dissidents, especially during the Civil War when
Saint President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus.
As far as ‘gay rights’ go, that’s Russia’s own damn business. Most of the Russian people happen to agree with this law. In the U.S., we call that ‘democracy’. When it happens anywhere else, we call it ‘unfair’.
The third statement about Syria is just blatant propaganda. The Obama administration is still butthurt because they didn’t get to bomb Damascus and kill thousands of Syrian women and children.
The truth is, that is the whole list. The problem that leftists have with Russia is that Russians are a conservative people with a conservative lifestyle. The big problem they have with Vladimir Putin and Russia is that they aren’t buckling under to outsiders’ opinions like our eunuch of a president and his castrati allies in Congress.
2. What proof do you have that Russia had anything to do with the uprising in Ukraine? I would really like to know, and so would the Ukrainians in Kiev who rebelled against their corrupt president.
3. What the hell are you doing taking time out from a sports broadcast to bloviate about world politics? I tuned in to watch Mikaela Shiffrin, not to hear you shill for the Obama administration.
I have had it with the NFL and ESPN too. It was bad enough when the NFL started forcing players to wear pink, it’s worse now that they are taking hitting out of the game and worrying over how an openly-gay player will be treated. It really doesn’t matter, because in a few years, all of the players are doing to be required to wear pink tutus anyway. And American men will switch to watching manly sports like rugby and hockey instead.
As for ESPN, they hopped on the gay train when this morning’s ‘Breaking News’ was that an openly gay player was signing on to play for the Nets in the National Basketball Association. And now we are going to be subjected to how great he is every time they show him scoring his 5.1 points and grabbing his 3.2 rebounds per game. Of course, this will only last until they show LeBron dunking over him repeatedly.
Sports are about athletic competition. And that’s all that they are and all they should be. It’s time that the media stops their proselytizing of their liberal values and lets us enjoy the games in peace.