Wednesday, July 31, 2013
In a letter sent to sporting organizations, the US Olympic Committee has vowed that it is working to ensure the safety of all attendees and participants at the Sochi Olympics. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed:
“The Olympic Charter prohibits any form of discrimination and clearly calls out the practice of sport as a human right that should be available to all. Like us, the IOC recognizes the seriousness of this issue,” U.S Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun wrote on July 25. The letter, obtained by BuzzFeed, was sent in the midst of ongoing questions about the enforcement of Russia’s anti-LGBT propaganda law in advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.Embiggen the image to read the full letter.
The petition has been launched by Truth Wins Out:Reposted from Joe
NBC's Olympic coverage has long featured myriad human interest pieces, about the athletes competing, and about all aspects of life in the home nation. There is more than enough time in prime time Olympic coverage for hard-hitting pieces exposing the reality of what LGBT people, political dissidents and other minorities face every day under the Putin regime.
Rachel Maddow is one of the most respected television journalists in the United States, with a reputation for being thorough, fair, informative and entertaining. Rachel has the expertise and the instincts to tell this full story to a viewing audience who are appalled by the treatment of their Russian brothers and sisters. Adding her to NBC's coverage won't fly in the face of the Olympic spirit, but rather enhance it, as there is nothing in the ethics or the history of the Olympic Games that can coexist peacefully with the war Russia is waging against her own citizens, and the rest of the world needs to know.Read and sign here.
NBC is fortunate to have such an esteemed, beloved journalist in their family of networks. Bringing her into the Olympics coverage is, frankly, a no-brainer. Do the right thing, NBC, for the Olympics, and for the Russian people. The world is watching.
If I’m torn between truth and falsehood, I have to ask myself if the choice I’m leaning toward would be self-serving or selfless, harsh or kind, harmful or harmless. Only then can I know what’s best to do.
- Lin Jensen, "Right Lying"