Should I be upset that a fierce individualist excelled at his chosen event and then opted to snub NBC? Shouldn't more Americans act in this manner?
What I find more interesting is how the MSM can't decide how to respond to Shani Davis. On the one hand he's a black athlete from "gang-infested" streets of Chicago. Perfect fodder for an NBC "special interest, personal story" piece. On the other hand, he clearly displays a strong resentment towards the MSM. The lack of coverage of this guy leading up to his race last night indicates that NBC has chosen to ignore this story. It has too much potential to offend the largely white winter Olympics audience, and NBC's portraying this particular black athlete accurately might (wrongly) be construed as racist by the rest of the media.
The facts are obvious: Shani Davis -- while the best skater out there -- is personally unlikable. How can that be portrayed without NBC being accused of being racist? What works for T.O. -- part of the predominantly black NFL -- doesn't work here.
"Shouldn't more Americans act in this manner? "
Yes, I want my kid to grow up and act like Shani Davis.
The media was all setup to embrace him as the winter sport Jackie Robinson. They are stumped but I did see one fluff piece on msnbc this morning (inner city single mother bla bla bla)
The media wanted their liberal icon barrier breaker...but what they got was a self-hating and destructive personality who despises America and is too angry to even accept the millions corporations would pour into his bank accout.
If it wasn't so pathetic it would be almost enjoyable.