White House Criticizes Fox News and Glenn Beck For Deliberate Misrepresentation of President Obama’s Push for 2016 Summer Olympics

Glenn Beck has once again went on a crazy rant with all his facts wrong. Even the official White House blog had to call this idiot out on his tirade about President Obama’s push to bring the Olympics to Chicago. Online Programs Director Jesse Lee called Beck out and Fox News, or as I like to call them Faux News, for deliberately ignoring the facts “in an attempt to smear the Administration’s efforts to win the Olympics for the United States.” The White House blog post went out to highlight what it deemed as misleading rhetoric on the President’s Olympics efforts:

RHETORIC: BECK SAID VANCOUVER LOST $1 BILLION WHEN IT “HAD THE OLYMPICS.” Glenn Beck said, “Vancouver lost, how much was it? they lost a billion dollars when they had the Olympics.” [Transcript, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09]

REALITY: VANCOUVER’S OLYMPICS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL 2010. Vancouver will host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games from February 12 – 28, 2010 and March 12-21, 2010, respectively. [Vancouver2010.com, accessed 9/29/09]

Am I to assume that Glenn Beck cannot understand what he reads? There’s a big difference between 2009 and 2010. The White House’s sharp criticism of Fox News and Beck ends with the statement, “For even more Fox lies, check out the latest “Truth-O-Meter feature from Politifact,” linking to another deliberate misrepresentation by Fox News’ of President Obama and the endeavors of his administration.

Jamaica’s Bobsled Team on Track to Qualify for the 21st Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver

Laugh all you want, the Jamaican Bobsled Team is back and on track in its qualifying bid for the 21st Olympic Winter Games scheduled to be held February 12-28, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. According to the Jamaica Information Service, the team recently concluded four months of training and competition with a 10th place finish in the two-man race at the Bobsled and Skeleton World Championship in Lace Placid, New York. Yes mon, laugh all you want, as a Jamaican expat, I have to be happy for my yaadies.

Other highlights of the team’s season include a 20th place finish at the Junior World Championship in Koenigsee, Germany, as well as extensive sliding time in Park City, Utah. While on a brief stopover in New York on April 3 on their way home from Lake Placid, Alexander, Wallace and Marvin Dixon, toured the Jamaican-owned Caribbean Food Delights production plant located in Tappan.

Devon Harris, a member of Jamaica’s first bobsled team, which qualified for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, served as chaperone during the group’s stop in New York. Source: JIS

Don’t count the island out yet, if the past Olympics in which Usain Bolt and the other sprinters made a tremendous mark, this may be yet another area in which the island does well. Okay, I am not saying they will win, but they may surprise everyone. Yeh mon, Jamaica’s got a bobsled team!