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NBC hails decades of Soviet Communism as a 'pivotal experiment'

Hammer and sickle at opening ceremony of Olympics.
Hammer and sickle at opening ceremony of Olympics.
Reuters via NBC News

During the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, NBC whitewashed 70 years of brutal Communist rule when Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage called the Soviet era "one of modern history's pivotal experiments," Newsbusters reported Friday.

"Russia overwhelms. Russia mystifies. Russia transcends. Through every stage of its story, it's resisted any notion of limitation. Through every re-invention, only redoubling its desire to cast a towering presence," Dinklage said.

"The empire that ascended to affirm a colossal footprint; the revolution that birthed one of modern history's pivotal experiments. But if politics has long shaped our sense of who they are, it's passion that endures," he added.

Dinklage ignored the history of the totalitarian regime that slaughtered tens of millions of people between 1917 and 1991.

Matthew Balan said it's not the first time NBC lionized the brutal dictatorship.

In 2004, Balan said, Matt Lauer suggested Russians were actually better off living in the far-left regime.

"We're gonna be talking about the New Russia, how a few people are doing very well and the fear that others are being left very far behind....Russia's rush to capitalism left the vast majority scrambling to survive. For many, life is worse than it was in Soviet times," he said.

Twitchy said Dinklage's statement didn't escape Twitter users following the Olympics.

"According to that montage, the millions killed under Stalin were part of a 'pivotal experiment," one person said.

"'Pivotal experiment?' That's what Soviet communism was @NBC? Is that what the gulags were too? Experiments?" another person asked.

"Well, you cannot make an omelet without a 'pivotal experiment,'" said Twitter user Andrew Stuttaford.

Earlier in the day, Twitchy said, Garry Kasparov, chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, accused NBC Sports of pushing Putin propaganda.

"Everyone needs diversion & sports are one of the best. But when sports are exploited for authoritarian propaganda, is important to resist," he tweeted.

"Last night NBC sports people already talked about Putin as 'man of peace' & his Russia 'ready to join the world.' Propaganda, not sports," he added.

Incidents like this are part of the reason a majority do not trust the so-called "mainstream media."



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