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Why is Presidential Politics Overshadowing 2016 Rio Olympic Achievements by Americans?

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posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 12:10 AM
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August 13, 2016

This is sort of like a "Society" oriented question, but I can't find another high visibility ATS forum for posting open-ended questions. But this IS politics related, so here goes..

WHY is American Presidential Politics overshadowing the superb job that American Athletes are doing in the 2016 Rio Olympics?? The summer Olympics are only 16 days in length. You'd think that the Mainstream Media is as proud of America's achievements as we the citizens are, and would give those achievements higher priority on their websites, and TV news.

When I was a kid, Mark Spitz earned 7 Gold Medals, and that was all you heard or read about for days on end. Like 2016, 1972 was also a Presidential election year, but that took the back burner for those 16 days.

Take tonight for instance... American athlete Michael Phelps just won his 23 Gold Medal. That is absolutely record-breaking!

CNN.com has replaced its latest "Trump Bashing" front-page headline with the Michael Phelps achievement. But you can bet that Michael Phelps will only be on the front page for a few hours, before another anti-Donald Trump piece replaces him.

Msnbc.com's top story ALL DAY has been "Trump Solicits Observers to watch for a Rigged Election". All week, while Americans broke records at the Olympics, MSNBC.com has not once acknowledged any of those achievements. A Trump-bashing article has been front and center 24 hours a day for the past month or so.

NBC News TV network is following suite. What's incredible, is that the 2016 RIO Olympics are being broadcast by NBC. Usually, networks like to "toot their own horn" by showcasing events that they have exclusive rights to. But this year, the NBC news department is more obsessed with the Trump vs Clinton election, than it is with the Olympics that it paid a staggering $1.23 BILLION dollars to broadcast!

If 2016 is not the first time that the Presidential Election has overshadowed American athlete's Olympics achievements, when did the trend start? I don't recall America Success at the Summer Olympics being so ignored by the mainstream media. This year, it seems that you have to intentionally follow the games, to know when an American athlete or team has earned a medal. It's disgusting!

-CareWeMust




posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 12:20 AM
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Because it has been made out to be the new Superbowl, possibly people in the US simply do not need a lot to be entertained??....

Plus there is no limit to the BS that the MSM can talk about regarding Trump....



RA



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 12:22 AM
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Well for American presidential politics in Brazil it's the opposite, Rio Olympics are overshadowing an important ongoing political crisis / coup...



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 12:23 AM
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a reply to: carewemust

I lost all respect, or the little I had left for Hillary with the Olympic ads. These games are a time for us to come together and celebrate our country's athletes who work very hard and also the athletes of other countries. It does not happen that often, this fellowship of countries and people of these countries.

Then here comes Hillary. Cheap flimsy ad about Chinese goods, American goods, bashing an American businessman and attempting to use the Olympics all for herself and personal interests. The ad said nothing about our great athletes or our country. Sad and depressing. I want her to lose so bad this election. I never wanted anyone to lose anything more in my life to be honest. Just an awful human being with no soul.



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 12:23 AM
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Without Russia it is just a medal feast for the US.

Boring!

No one is going to tell me it was just bad timing for the Russians.

The US has been doing this for decades ... and mostly getting away with it.

Although Australia is doing very well considering its tiny population.

P



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 12:24 AM
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Personally I have enjoined a break from Trump/Hillary with the Olympics. Unfortunately I was under the impression that a Majority of America care about neither. Although I love how they politicized the First Gold Medal (sarcasm inferred.)
edit on 14/8/2016 by cblink because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 12:26 AM
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a reply to: carewemust

2 quick answers come to mind.

1. The Summer Olympics don't have an effect on our real lives. It's just a form of entertainment that lasts a few weeks every 4 years.

2. One of the presidential candidates wants to bring back waterboarding, is open to sending US citizens to Gitmo, and refused to rule out using nukes in Europe. And that candidate's policies and antics would affect us every day for the next 4 years.

I think you get it now, right?



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 12:42 AM
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a reply to: enlightenedservant


Yep..I do "get it", EnlightenedServant. I'm just taken aback at how the MSM can't put American Politics on the back burner for a mere 16 days, to showcase how special American athletes are, and American athletic training is.

The Trump vs Hillary mudslinging fest will still be ongoing when the Olympics come to a close.



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 12:53 AM
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a reply to: carewemust

Maybe because between the Zika outbreak and massive turmoil in Brazil the olympics should have been relocated but weren't?



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 12:56 AM
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I, for one, haven't watched any of the Olympics. While corruption rules the IOC and the Games, I'll pass.



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 12:57 AM
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originally posted by: enlightenedservant
a reply to: carewemust

2 quick answers come to mind.

1. The Summer Olympics don't have an effect on our real lives. It's just a form of entertainment that lasts a few weeks every 4 years.

2. One of the presidential candidates wants to bring back waterboarding, is open to sending US citizens to Gitmo, and refused to rule out using nukes in Europe. And that candidate's policies and antics would affect us every day for the next 4 years.

I think you get it now, right?


1. It inspires people, especially young children. Many of those in the games were inspired by Olympic athletes growing up and became great Olympians themselves. It instills great values of teamwork, hard work and dedication.

2. Global enemies are beheading, bombing, raping, and shooting innocent people. Whole communities wiped out by their wrath. They don't care what anyone thinks. They just want you dead. Hillary should be in Gitmo for mishandling classified info along with Dennis Hastert for child porn and Bergdahl for treason. Send a clear message of deterrence to anyone else who disrespect people who work so hard to preserve freedom and laws. Nukes are always on the table as an option and always will be. No US President is going to take any option off the table.



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 01:19 AM
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But you can still watch the Olympics, right? It's not like they're being censored. They're just not a priority. Also, the athletes aren't promoted nearly as heavily as they were decades ago, so we're usually just watching a bunch of strangers.

And simply put, most Olympic sports are nowhere near as popular as movies, video games, pop culture, and the major sports in America, either. A lot of them even come off as boring or outdated.

I mean yeah, I can watch Olympic Judo or Taekwondo events Olympic boxing sucks. But they've lost their luster when compared to MMA. Or I could watch the Olympic powerlifting but, well, I can go to a local gym and watch people lift heavy weights. I know it's an entirely different level of weights but... you know... Not to mention things like the "shot put" and javelin throw (do they even do those still?) seem like outdated skills. And I never got the point in badminton so...?

Sorry to sound like a downer. It's just hard for me to get super amped about athletes I've never seen, competing in sports I'd usually ignore, in celebration of nationalism (which I'm against). Especially when so much is at stake for me politically.

(Plus I'll admit it, I used to "watch" the Olympics for the "eye candy". Women's beach volleyball, gymnastics, and track & field in particular. But now my mind's obsessed with solving the world's major problems, so meh.)



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 01:54 AM
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Are you living on another planet? NBC is pumping out the Olympics all evening long and through most of the night. They are covering it in the mornings. There are other channels that are covering it all though the two weeks also. It's all over the place.

So why are you disgusted ? Maybe it is because of your over inflated sense of patriotism. Answer me this. Just what in the heck does the success of an athlete, who happens to come from the same country that you live in have to do with you. You don't have to answer, cuz I will. Absolutely nothing.



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 02:15 AM
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Yeah, I know where you're coming from. This election is a top priority for my life too. Because I earn a living from Health Insurance, ObamaCare has cut my income by 70% since 2010. But I'm willing to take a break from that to focus on something about America that makes me feel proud for a few days.

As with mostly everything we see in the political sections of ATS and discuss with people day-to-day, they're just our opinions and feelings. You and I agree that this is a pivotal election, but have differing opinions on how important the Olympics are to our individual psyches...which is cool!



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 02:23 AM
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originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
Are you living on another planet? NBC is pumping out the Olympics all evening long and through most of the night. They are covering it in the mornings. There are other channels that are covering it all though the two weeks also. It's all over the place.



FYI, I've had my TV set to NBC and the Olympics since they started, TerryMcGuire. Since you didn't read my Original Post carefully, I'll just leave it at that. Ciao!



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 03:09 AM
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Maybe there are too much big and overhyped sports events in ever shorter amounts of time and the people are fed of them?

Maybe other things are more important than an anti social and political Doping Olympics?

Maybe that bread and circuses thing doesn´t work anymore?

It´s not only your elections that are overshadowing those Olympics, it´s almost everything in the world that is more important now than such political influenced doping games.

I feel bad for the three athletes that maybe really don´t dope...



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 05:21 AM
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Since most people seem to be replying just to argue your point, let me just say I completely agree and while the Olympics are certainly not 100% innocent and free of problems in and of themselves, it's definitely a more spiritually positive point of focus than the endless draining negativity surrounding the coverage of the 2016 election. It's about nations coming together peacefully in a more intimate way than most anything else we do as a species, and it's always touching to see rival athletes from different countries sharing respect and hugs despite being presented in their usually-divisive national colors. In many of the less-popular Olympic sports the global pool of athletes is so small that your fellow competitors are literally the only people in the world who can fully relate to your lifestyle, talent and passions.



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 09:40 AM
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It's the Trumpman reality show. People cannot look away.

Congrats to Phelps though for getting the most medals since the days of chariot racing 👍🏻



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 12:25 PM
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Because it's the left, and for the left, everything is viewed through a political lens.

Even choosing Michael Phelps to carry the flag was controversial for the idiots at CNN because he was a white male and the Olympic team should have chosen the black, Muslim female instead ... nevermind that Phelps is one of the world's most decorated and recognizable athletes ... No, picking someone who checks off the most PC boxes is MOST important to CNN's commentators.

After a while, it makes you want to tear your hair out.

Or what about asking the first Gold medal winner from the US (19-year-old who won for air rifle) her take on the gun control debate? Seriously? She won for marksmanship with a BB gun!

In short, I agree with you ... this idea that we have to bring politics into everything, everywhere is annoying.

I remember when we decided to drop our subscription to the local newspaper. We were mainly only carrying it for the sports coverage, and the day our sports team article carried the snide comment "the 'Cats were greeted with cheers that George Bush will only wish he gets ..." (he was giving a lecture series speech there the following week) we had had enough. It was sports, not Op Ed and we pay for sports, not snide political commentary in our sports, but there is was.

ESPN is getting really bad about it to, so is Bob Kostas when you watch him.



posted on Aug, 14 2016 @ 04:40 PM
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a reply to: carewemust

Well, care, I thought I did. And what I thought I read was that NBC along with the rest of the media was not showing enough of the Olympics, enough so that you are disgusted with how little they are airing. I don't know what else there was go glean from the OP. So, there were are. Ciao.



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