German reporter thinks London 2012 will be a fiasco!
Posted 18 July 2012 - 11:52 AM
What can I say, other than to hope that he will feel ashamed and embarrassed to have written this a month from now!
Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:21 PM
Edited by Lee, 18 July 2012 - 12:24 PM.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:34 PM
Woo hoo, olympic games in a cynical land!
Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:37 PM
Edited by Lee, 18 July 2012 - 12:45 PM.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 12:57 PM
Posted 18 July 2012 - 01:05 PM
However, I don't see what is so totally inaccurate about that article. The thing that stood out most was describing William and Kate's wedding as "grandiose" -- which (especially in comparison to his parents' nuptials) it was not. It was the definition of elegance and pageantry (with an outstanding homily, btw...)
He has a valid point about transport, weather, crowding, military presence, etc. I don't personally know if youth are significantly more active in UK sport now than they were 7 years ago, but I suspect they are not. Taekwondo and synchronized swimming are not particularly "British", but table tennis and handball aren't particularly American and we've hosted the Games -- so I'm not sure what that has to do with the price of eggs (though it is true).
The thing that bothers me most is predicting a "fiasco." There are certainly reasons to raise an eyebrow and maybe hold one's breath, but I'd prefer to assume that London will pull it all off beautifully. Why assume the worst?
"...unforgettable, dream Games..."
Posted 18 July 2012 - 01:15 PM
Die besten Tipps für den Olympia-Urlaub
On the German website is a part, which is about the Olympische_Sommerspiele_2012 only:
In my point of view several articles are carping - I know it better: London 2012 will become very exciting and great - I suppose the articles will change during the games - Der Spiegel likes to be critical resp. the magazine likes to be whistle blowers...
Edited by Citius Altius Fortius, 18 July 2012 - 01:19 PM.
Posted 18 July 2012 - 01:20 PM
This journalist has set out to portray an image of London pre-Olympics to his readers, none of whom will be in London. That's the aim of this piece; it's clearly not designed as a polemic, an editorial or an opinion piece. It's written in a factual authoratatie tone and those who know no better will get the impression everything's going wrong.
He's selected only the most negative opinions, the worst-case scenatios regarding transport, only allowed quotes from anti-Olympic voices. It gives the impression to those who know no better than things are much, much, much worse than they are - that rather than one of the best prepared Olympics in history we're a week away from Delhi MK II. It's extremtly irresponsible journalism. It may be that there are a lot of facts in there, but there's zero balance. If this was an opinion piece from one writer, or an editorial then it'd be fine in its own way, but it's not setting itself up as that -it's claiming to be "news" - and is therefore extremely misleading.
Edited by RobH, 18 July 2012 - 01:31 PM.
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