The reviews coming in on NBC’s coverage of the Olympics are still reviewed. Were they willing perpetrators in a abuse-covering escapade seen the world over? Were they strong journalists working to report the facts, no matter the cost? In reality, they were something in the middle: Earnest reporters shackled by their bosses’ desires to provide an entertaining, not-too-thought-provoking Olympic spectacle. The king stay the king.
That doesn’t absolve NBC of the small things it could have done to improve their coverage, and this is one of them: The network forgot to mention the sexual orientation of Matthew Mitcham, the only openly gay male competing at the Olympics, even after he won a gold medal.