Skip to comments.Olympics: NBC just hit Bush over Olympics ad with negative comments from Iraq soccer team
Posted on 08/24/2004 11:02:01 AM PDT by Cableguy
I just saw a segment before the Iraq soccer match which was a hit piece on Bush. NBC criticized Bush for making an ad that includes Iraq and Afghanistan. By the way, the ad doesn't even mention soccer. The NBC hit piece had on some comments from the Iraq soccer team.
That caused me to write a nasty email to NBC Sports:
So basically NBC just used the Iraqi soccer team for political purposes.
I wish these frigging Iraqi soccer players had the balls to stay to fight for their own country instead of attending the Olympics.
With all the bias against Bush -- with media outlets, celebrities, pulp hacks, the not-so "intelligentsia", and the primate left in Washington taking shot after shot, it's nothing short of amazing that Bush is not being soundly defeated in the polls.
What do you expect from the National Band of Communists?
Hi, all I am AT the olympics now.
They just had a team member from the Iraqi team do an interview for Greek media.
He said people have no concept what it is to play for a country that is now free.
The media overhere is only reporting on what CNN says and what CBS is reporting. Ironic with all the money NBC paid.
This will be Iraq's second medal of ANY kind ever.
NBC this AM showed Iraq soccer players in some off time, not indicated where. One of them was looking at magazines on a fairly large revolving rack. I made me wonder what thoughts the Iraqi player had about various magazines which are never sold in Iraq. He had to be more than a little overwhelmed.
I only watch NBC for football and the Olympics. Sorry advertisers, you might want to go to Fox!
Roger Hedgecock (sitting in for Rush) mentioned that the Iraqi team was flown to Athens in U.S. military aircraft. He also said this will be the first time in recent history when they didn't have to worry about being killed or tortured by Uday if they lost.
Let them walk back!
I try to keep this in perspective by reminding myself that anyone who believes our country is represented by the loony lefty U.S. celebrities getting all the face time would have a very skewed perspective about who Americans are.
Earlier this year, Mounzer Fatfat, the coalition's adviser to Iraq's Ministry of Youth and Sports, described the process as "coming from minus zero."
Consider: It has been at least two years since the national soccer team has played a meaningful game on its home turf. Since well before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, it has been too risky for other teams to travel to Baghdad. Until a few months ago, the field in Baghdad's soccer stadium was a rutted mess. The grandstands still bear scars of rocket fire.
With Baghdad International Airport still closed to commercial airline traffic, an Australian Air Force C-130 provided the Olympic delegation a lift out of the war zone.
I swear I saw someone from the team (pretty sure it was the coach) interviewed on U.S. network TV within the last year or so, recounting the torture Iraqi athletes endured at the hands of Saddam's son.
Fly 'em half way back to Iraq and let em off the USA plane somewhere in N.Africa....at least the mouthy ungrateful ones. Plan B: give em a choice, Gutanamo or 30,000 ft free fall.
After Tom Brokaw's relentless, nightly attacks on President Bush and Chris Matthews' shouting tirade against Michelle Malkin, I no longer watch anything affiliated with NBC (no news, no NASCAR, no Olympics). But, I am not surprised about this latest attempt by NBC to do some Bush-bashing. They are desperate and running scared!
at 20:25 of the 1st half paraguay 1 iraq 0
CNN picked the two anti-US players and the rest of the MSM will follow. I bet those are the only two players that get to express opinions.
Fox News should have correspondents over there interviewing the rest of the team so they could relay how they feel.
IMHO it is designed to undermine support for the liberation of Iraq.
Don't react to media manipulation. They are trying to undermine support for the liberation.
I'll give it a shot, this time not from the hip.
I agree. These two or three were sought out by the media, IMHO. Soon we will hear from those who have a different viewpoint, OR we may even find that the quotes don't represent the players' viewpoints at all.
President Bush did the right thing, and if there are those Iraqi's who still feel the need to bash the US.....so be it.
We are hunting terrorists one at a time......and we will prevail.
every 5 mins..a commercial from either of them..
Actually, they do have balls, your thinking of the last soccer team, the team that lost under 'Coach' Uday, they are the team w/o 'em.
We should all file a complaint with the FCC for misuse of regulated airwaves for political purposes. My complaint was this:
I am writing to express my extreme displeasure with NBC's endorsement of a political position using FCC regulated airwaves. I cite the Jim Lampley editorial on George Bush's unconfirmed report of visiting Athens and the anti-Bush piece prior to the Iraq and Paraguay Soccer match.
I noticed that NBC did not show what Americans (and the Bush administration) had done for the team including putting $10 million into their Olympic program.
I will be filing a complaint with the FCC immediately.
Pagrguay is about to hand the iraquis their head.
They just interviewed two fans who said this showed the "new Iraq" Whether they won or loss.NBC made point they did not have to worry about torture.They also told how FIFA was planning to pay to rebuild the soccer proram,stadium and training facilities.
Hoo Ray, Paraguay just scored again 3-0. May the Iraqis lose again when playing for the Bronze
Two or 22, I stopped rooting for them immediately and I'm sitting her hoping that Paraguay adds a few more to their 3-0 lead.
Screw the Islamists.
Hmmmm? Maybe you should convey that info to NBC and tell them the rest of us are disgusted with their POLITICAL stand against America .. and at least NBC doesn't have to be worried about being tortured or murdered for their stupid comments about their own country .. but I wouldn't take any bets on their continued ratings.
I'm still mad over the stinking comments they made when our team entered the the stadium to resounding CHEERS, and Bob Costas had to comment that the Greek people could distinguish against the govt of America and the people. And then .. they all but refused to show pictures of the USA team and the Iraq/Afghan teams hugging each other.
And .. they were almost cheering when China moved ahead of us with Gold medals .. but now that WE'RE AHEAD again, they barely mention it. Disgusting people - and no wonder why I don't watch NBC.
Coincidentally, NBC sent me a survey about their Olympic coverage. They want to know how much time you've watched the Olympics and how their coverage has been.
Needless to say I gave them negatives.
I sent mine telling them they forget who half of the country is behind President Bush.... as for my home we will get Olympic results for other sources, and not msnbc. cnbc or NBC....
They forget who has the spending $$$$$ it is this 34,000 a year grandma and proud republican.
I miss the days when ABC and Jim McKay did the Summer and Winter Olympics. They knew how to present them and make you care about the people taking part. NBC, even though it's had the Summer and Winter Games since 1988, still doesn't have a clue.
Well now, if they loose to Paraguay do you think the same microphones will be stuck in their face and then be asked, "What would happen to you if the US had not killed Sadam's sons?"
Don't you guys get it???? Clinton quashed all his bad deeds by having his "business" friends threaten to pull advertising if they bad-mouthed him in the press/TV and didn't pound his opponents... Kerry is undoubtatedly doing the same... unfortunately advertising rules the world and the dems became the party of big-business under Clinton -- and sold our contry down the river in the process..... NBC is owned by GE who got lots of big deals with China thanks to Clinton -- etc., etc., etc...
Hmmmm? Is that why NBCABCCNNCBSMSNBC all have ratings in the toilet ..??
Looks to me like business threats to pull ads doesn't have near the affect of THE AMERICAN PUBLIC turning the dial.
And .. it's a proven FACT that 89% of the media ARE DEMOCRATS. Of course they would support their own candidate .. because they're also among the America-haters just like Kerry.
I'm with you, Uncle Vlad. There's something really shallow about NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games. It just doesn't have the "gravitas" of of the superb coverage provided by Jim McKay and ABC back in the day...
Some interesting posts in #7, 10 and 13.
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Not to mention Fahrenheit 911 has been distributed in the ME as well.
And none of the Iraqi players have to worry about dying or being tortured following a loss. God bless THAT!