"If there was a gold medal in selling out, NBC won it yesterday.
It didn’t take long for NBC to offer up all of its credibility in
payment to Vladimir Putin in exchange for the television rights to the
Sochi Olympics, did it? In its intro to the opening ceremonies — in
which Putin’s Russia trotted out a gigantic hammer and sicle[sic] to
celebrate its nation — NBC called perhaps the bloodiest and most
oppressive tyrannies in human history “one of modern history’s pivotal