China Attacks ‘Western Media’ For Olympics Coverage

By Alex Weprin Comment

China’s state-run media has been running articles excoriating the “Western media” for its coverage of the 2012 Olympics in London. While here in the U.S. much of the Olympics criticism has been focused on NBC’s decision to tape-delay many of the big events, in China, the criticism is that NBC and other Western outlets aren’t being fair to its athletes.

“It is irresponsible for the Western media to pour filth on Chinese athletes who won because of hard training and years of arduous preparation,” the official state newspaper Xinhua said.

A Chinese swimmer, Ye Shiwen, was accused by some U.S. officials and media outlets of possibly doping, as she shattered world records in the pool during the games. In addition, two Chinese Badminton players were disqualified from the games for trying to throw a match in order to face a weaker opponent in the next round.

The AP has more.