Behind a thin vaneer of professionalism, it’s not inaccurate to say many Western journalists are hoping for the worst from these Olympics. Some have been honest enough to admit it. Here’s a collection of choice quotes:
George Packer, from the New Yorker:
“I love track and field and will be watching the 1500-meter finals. But I also hope the Beijing Olympics go a-flop.”
Mark Morford, from the San Francisco Chronicle:
“Note to China: Please implode…. I hope it all comes crashing down on their heads.”
That’s all I have at hand, although I hope to add to the collection as I pay attention, going forward. Please let me know if you have related submissions.
I don’t really know how to explain to all of the volunteers, ranging from college students to elderly grandmothers, that there are people hoping the event they’ve dedicated months, or even years to fails. I don’t know how to explain to those singing “Beijing Welcomes You” that there are people out there that want anything but a warm welcome this year (courtesy of ESWN).