Credit to NBC Olympics Host Mike Tirico For Covering China’s Genocide

NBC’s Olympics host Mike Tirico opened network coverage of the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing by addressing the host country’s geopolitical and human rights issues.

Tirico acknowledged that China is the “nation where COVID began,” but yet it’s still hosting a celebrated global event. He then detailed China’s treatment of Muslim Uyghurs, which includes forced labor, forced abortions, forced sterilizations and genocide:

The United States government is not here, a diplomatic boycott announced this fall joined by Canada, Great Britain and Australia citing China’s human rights record and the US government’s declaration that the Chinese Communist Party is guilty of committing genocide on the Uyghur Muslim population in Western Xinjiang region. 

Later in the broadcast, Tirico also noted the “escalation of crackdowns on pro-democracy sentiments and protests in Hong Kong” and the disappearance of tennis player Peng Shuai. Peng disappeared after accusing former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault in 2021.

Credit to Tirico and NBC for addressing these issues, while other sports networks cover for Chinese genocide and China’s culpability in the COVID-19 pandemic. ESPN will notably not mention either story because it’s a rights partner with the NBA, whose players are profiting from Chinese slave labor.

Tirico made these comments even though he knows the CCP could retaliate against him or his employer. In 1996, Beijing officials orchestrated an effort to force NBC to fire former Olympics hosts Bob Costas for comments he made during a broadcast. Costas said that China was the one nation with the means and the motivation to replicate what the old Soviet Bloc and the Eastern Bloc did with their sports machine.

“Everything and everyone attached to these Games is facing questions,” Tirico said.

And Mike Tirico is the only sportscaster with the confidence and balls to say so.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.


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  1. I like the message, but I don’t buy that the intentions here are genuine. The Olympics have been tanking in the ratings over the last several iterations, and people are sick and tired of the immorality of the IOC. NBC overpaid by a lot to get the rights, and they’re stuck with them through 2032. I think they want out, but they need the IOC and/or their buddies to void the contract, and the only way to do that is to piss them off to the point where they feel like they’re better off with a smaller contract with somebody else. And as Bobby points out, a marriage with ESPN would probably bloom, given their alignment with the CCP.

  2. Respect. Also respect to NBC for not actually going to China. You have to honor the TV contract and do the job, but it doesn’t mean you have to support the communist country itself or deal with its treatment of free speech in the media. To that point, Tirico probably would’ve been hesitant to say those things if he was physically in China and for good reason.

  3. Mike Tirico is displaying an ability to state truth without fear. Mike works for a network that slants the truth as a matter of course. I am pulling for Tirico to step up and be a trusted voice for his honesty and beliefs as he sees them. We can all dream that this may be possible. Mike would be irreverent and fun. Who could ask for more

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