They also pointed to the time difference, but every moment of this thing was available to stream after the fact (as far as I can tell), and if people cared, they’d have made time for that on their own schedule. Yes, being in China was probably a factor, but not entirely how NBC framed it. As Legal Insurrection reports, the AP had no illusions about the problem. “These Olympics were a disaster for the network: a buzz-free, hermetically-sealed event in an authoritarian country a half-day’s time zone away…”
The FBI has warned all American Olympic athletes that they should leave their personnel phones at home and take a phone that has no personnel data with them to Beijing. China has been known in the past to create malicious software that is able to extract data from cell phones. Last year, Republican Senator Tom Cotton warned the Biden admin that the CCP will attempt to collect DNA samples from American athletes.
Jen Psaki announced today that the United States would be implementing a diplomatic boycott on the Winter Games. She went on to say the athletes were free to go and compete in the Chinese Olympic Winter Games. It was a statement made in a matter-of-fact manner, and Psaki should have been peppered with questions and comments. This Biden decision means nothing. Nobody cares that John Kerry will not be watching the curling competition.