Editor’s Note: The following was written by Harold Leeder, editor-in-chief of The New Circle Circular, Lexington’s #1 source of fake news you can’t count on.
The 2016 Rio Olympics have kicked off with American women dominating the medal stand, thanks to their husbands and other men that have taught them about sports, but these American men just aren’t getting the credit they deserve. NBC sportscaster Dan Hicks now famously gave credit for Olympic Swimmer Katinka Hozzu’s gold medal to her husband Shane Tusup, and many Americans seem to be up in arms about the comment, as he’s yet to make similar comments for our American female athletes.
Not all the problems with Olympic coverage can be blamed on NBC, even the Chicago Tribune has been in trouble for their coverage of American female medal winners. They recently posted a tweet saying “Wife of a Bears’ lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics.” It’s like Chicago doesn’t even want to talk about the husbands of American athletes that are winning Gold medals, or at the very least have the decency to publish the lineman’s name.
However the bulk of the blame for poor Olympic coverage does lay on the shoulders of the NBC executives, as most Americans can’t watch the Olympics live on Chicago newspapers. The NBC executives in charge of how America experiences the Olympic games have been under fire since the beginning of their coverage, when one executive John Smith made some comments that alluded to viewers of the programming being largely female. “In a broad sense, the broads who watch the Olympics are not big sports fans but they love reality shows. So we try and model our Olympic coverage after that, I mean we even got Ryan Seacrest as one of our sportscasters, just so these lady viewers aren’t too confused”.
Smith continued to mansplain, “The olympics are kind of like The Bachelor, except instead of roses they give out medals, and instead of engagement rings there are Olympic rings, and instead of letting women do their natural thing of just wearing dresses, we make them swim during the bathing suit competition.”
Resident NBC sports expert and late night Olympic coverage host Ryan Seacrest also refused to admit the network’s coverage was in any way out of line, “We’re not grading these women on a scale of 1-10 like misogynists, no there is a panel that grades them on a maximum score and deducts points for imperfections.”