The answer is “whichever way that looks good on us”.
The Olympics simply won’t allow me to go back to work. Came across this cute piece on backchina.com (Chinese source). Here is my rough translation.
“Title: Come see USA Today’s medal tables for the Athens and Beijing Olympics.
Recently there have been a lot of discussions about how to rank countries on their medal haul (per gold or total medals). Some people insist that Americans have always ranked countries according to total medals…. I checked out the USA Today and here are the results….
(Screen shot of USA Today’s 2004 Olympics medal table, USA ranked number one according to Gold and Total medal counts. BXBQ does not know how to include pictures in a post).
(Screen shot of USA Today’s 2008 Olympics medal table, USA still ranks number one, but only according to Total medal counts.)
The different ways of ranking medal counts clearly demonstrate American Double Standard.”
We are again impressed by the Western public opinions. If you have double standards for evaluating yourself, is there any wonder that you have double standards evaluating yourself and others? Again it takes clear vision to see that the Emperor has no clothes on.