Why NBC Fails to Qualify at Olympic Game Coverage

First picking up a gun jus’ five-years ago, 19-year-old Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio games in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event. She beat silver medalist Du Li of China in the final round with a total of 208.0, setting an Olympic record in the finals.

She’s a quiet, blue-eyed blonde that lives Virginia who learned to shoot while hunting with her grandfather. Yet, NBC’s coverage of her historic feat has been minimal.

At 30-years-old, Ibtihaj Muhammad is a fencer and is best known for being the ‘first American on U.S. Olympic team to wear a hijab while competing.’ She is a Muslim residing in New York, who claims she feels ‘unsafe in America,’ because of her religion.

And though eliminated from competition early on, she’s being treated like a media darling. NBC even ran a story on her Sharia-inspired women’s clothing line – but then she does serve on the U.S. Department of State’s “Empowering Women and Girls through Sport Initiative.”

The network cannot figure out why their broadcasting of the ‘Toilet Boil Games’ hasn’t been a ratings bonanza.

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About Tom Darby

French-born, American-raised, U.S. citizen, husband, father, friend, veteran, and writer.
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