Earlier today, Garry Kasparov accused NBC Sports of pushing Putin propaganda. This latest downplay of decades of communism probably won’t make Kasparov change his mind about the network that’s airing the Sochi Olympics.
Many viewers of the opening ceremony couldn’t believe their ears when the narrator referred to decades of Soviet-era communism as a “pivotal experiment”:
According to that montage, the millions killed under Stalin were part of a "pivotal experiment."
— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) February 8, 2014
NBC's narrator referred to communism as a "pivotal experiment"-Interesting word choice to describe an era that caused so much misery & death
— Jamie Brooks (@jb_brooks3) February 8, 2014
"Pivotal experiment?" That's what Soviet communism was @NBC? Is that what the gulags were too? Experiments?
— Matt Cover (@MattCover) February 8, 2014
I don't know if I'd refer to Communism as a "Pivotal experiment" but okay Olympics
— Hannah Dannewitz (@HannahDannewitz) February 8, 2014
— J. Christian Adams (@ElectionLawCtr) February 8, 2014
— Andrew Stuttaford (@AStuttaford) February 8, 2014
Wait, wait, wait, wait wait. The NBC intro for the Sochi Olympics called communism a "pivotal experiment"?!?! COMMUNISM? My God.
— H (@Tark31) February 8, 2014
— Andrew Ledbetter (@dr_ledbetter) February 8, 2014
Looking forward to NBC's coverage of the next Olympics in Germany and that nation's "pivotal experiment" in finding a "final solution".
— Drew McCoy (@DrewMTips) February 8, 2014
Wow. There’s downplaying, and then there’s downplaying. Did Putin get to personally edit NBC’s scripts?
What’s next for NBC?
Over/under on when NBC calls Obamacare a pivotal experiment after it fails and they're pushing for single payer?
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) February 8, 2014
Update: Here’s a Vine video of the “pivotal experiments” narration:
Yes, the NBC Olympic coverage referred to Communism as "one of modern history's pivotal experiments" https://t.co/nJALwWNYNN
— TLC (@TracyLConnors) February 8, 2014
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