Barack Obama's Recipe - Humble Grateful Mindful Add a dash of accountability and saute until golden brown
U.S. President Barack Obama began his inauguration speech with the sentiment we should all strive to be humble, grateful and mindful, and I can't agree more. He did however miss one very important ingredient.
We must also be accountable.
Accountability is also one of the ingredients missing from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics recipe. Now that we are only a year away from launch most people can see that VANOC, politicians, and local news media are not accountable and not acting in our community's best interest.
If 2010 is going to be a success, it has to be a success for everyone and not just Olympic corporate sponsors and suppliers like Coca Cola, Petro Canada, and The Vancouver Sun.
In a swirl of necessary illusion everyone appears to be acting and reporting in a responsible manner, but if you look close you'll see they are choosing their words very carefully and doing little more than going through the motions. It's not good enough, and it's not accountable.
Take The Vancouver Sun for example. The other day, January 23 2009, they ran a HUGE red ink front page headline screaming that 2010 Olympic costs were out of control. Daphne Bramham penned the piece claiming, and rightly so, 2010 costs were $6 BILLION.
Our community needed Bramham to warn readers about hidden cost issues and bad planning years ago when it was possible to actually do something about it. Telling us today the milk is spilled certainly sends everyone scurrying for a towel to mop up the mess, but the milk is all over the floor, and it's too late to prevent the glass from being knocked over.
Yes, Bramham appears to be a responsible member of our community and a good writer, but by no stretch can her actions be interpreted as accountable. She's basically just another employee at a newspaper whose industry is about to hit the wall.
Bramham watched the 2010 train barrel down the tracks and only shouted loud enough after it creamed our community into a coma.
The Vancouver Sun is "using Daphne Bramham" to make it look like they care. I fully realize Bramham is trapped in the middle, and I'd like to be able to give her the benefit of the doubt, but I can't because she has proven time and again she is smart and tough enough to make sure the information was disseminated in a timely manner and in a frequency that would have made a difference, and she didn't.
Too many reporters look away to protect their jobs.
The optics are good, but that's not accountable.
Just a reminder to everyone - Canwest, the parent company of The Vancouver Sun (Bramham's employer), is an official sponsor/supplier for 2010, and is well paid by the IOC to tell the Olympic side of the Olympic story. Warning our community years ago in a timely manner might have jeopardized the relationship between The Sun and VANOC, but it would have been the right and ethical thing to do.
2010 Athlete's Village Financial Fiasco Grows Deeper Some of us saw it coming for a very long time,
local mainstream news media remained conveniently blind.
Published January 16 2009
While Rome burns in 2010 Vancouver, and media fans the flame, Olympic overrun issues get murkier and more convoluted.
The Athletes Village financial fiasco is top-of-mind for everyone recently now that newspapers and television are bludgeoning the issue to death. It stuns me it took local mainstream news media so long to address loan issues, especially considering we've written about the hidden cost factor in extensive depth at OlyBLOG.com since 2006.
For clarity, I'm Pro-Olympics - with a twist, which means I love the sporting aspect of the Games, but I hate the politics.
I tried for years to have local mainstream news media investigate inconsistencies regarding the ramp up to 2010, but for the most part they looked the other way and accused me of "tilting at windmills."
Jeff Lee, a reporter at The Vancouver Sun, a guy who dubs himself OlympicReporter on Twitter is incensed with me over my blogging about his reporting of the 2010 Olympics.
Lee and I have history. He gets upset when I critique his work, but instead of debating with me rationally and making an effort to prove me wrong, he takes it personally and sends snide messages attacking my credibility, which I suppose he feels is his only option because my research is rock-solid and leaves little wiggle room. read more »
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Own the Podium?
The official creed (guiding principle) of the Olympics is a quote by the
founding father of the modern day Games Baron de Coubertin. He said, "The
most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part,
just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.
The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
The Olympic motto consists of three Latin words Citius, Altius, Fortius,
which means, "Swifter, Higher, Stronger." The 1924 motto is meant to encourage
athletes to embrace the Olympic spirit and perform to the best of their
No where does it imply that winning the most gold medals for your country
is part of the agenda. In fact it implies exactly the opposite.
The IOC maintains that it doesn't actively encourage countries to collectively
win the most gold medals, but on the other hand they also don't institute
anything to ensure that the Games are not turned into corporate money
In fact, IOC sponsorship and partnership business models encourage a win-at-all-costs
mentality. It is the reason they have doping, fraud and bribery scandals.
The IOC invites young people to compete in the Olympics using the original
Creed & Motto. But when it comes to delivering on the promise they
fall incredibly short.
The Olympics today isn't as much about sport as it is about money and
Priorities changed over the years and so too should their Creed &
If athletes go for the gold, and the IOC goes for the gold, and corporate
sponsors go for the gold, and governments go for the gold, and considering
that you will have to foot the bill for their gold, why should
you be edged out of the race?
Move to the starting line.
Own the Podium?
Own Your Home?
Real journalism consists of
what someone doesn't want published,
all the rest is public relations." George Orwell