OLYMPIANS USE THEIR INFLUENTIAL POWER TO START FALSE ACCUSATIONS

by davidtolo123 on January 31, 2017 - 10:43am

CNN news published on August 22, 2016 an article on Ryan Lochte: ‘I over-exaggerated’ Olympics robbery story by Azadeh Ansari. In the following article U.S Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte has formally apologized for his immature behaviour and false accusations during the world Olympics that took place in Brazil during 2016. Lochte claimed that after a party hosted by  team France, him and his teammates were held at gun point by Brazilian police officers demanding money. 

 

However, the truth was that the olympians had stopped at a gas station, very intoxicated, to use the restrooms. The teammates had vandalized the bathrooms, when security came he refused to let them go and while holding a gun pointed towards the olympians. They athletes were afraid to speak to the police and offered the security a bribe.

 

The following article published by CNN is a credible source in my opinion because of the credibility of the author who wrote it. Azadeh Ansari is an award winning multimedia journalist for CNN. This article can also be credible because of the other similar articles published by multiple different journalists and different newspapers. Also, ABC news posted a message that Ryan Lochte’s social media account had posted on August 19th, apologizing for his unprofessional behaviour during the Olympic Games held in Brazil making this article more credible. 

 

Comments

Your news summary is well done. You didn't only use one source, but added another one to increase the reliability. It is not so long and certainly clear, you didn't go in too much unnecessary details.

I believe you could have added the original news source of Ryan's incident. It says he first lied to USA TODAY and it would have been interesting to quote their article about Ryan as well. I think it is reliable, since your article and other articles confirm the same information. Like I've previously said, it is also the original website that interviewed Ryan.

Their article has a slight different point of view from what really happened and also more information. According to USA TODAY, the police officer is the one who asked money to repair the damages to the property. The writer also added that Ryan will be suspended for 10 months. Otherwise, the news are the same.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/09/07/olympi...

I believe you should also provide a link to your sources.

First of all, I want to let you know that your news summary is very well written. The simplicity of the summary makes it easy to read for anybody and allows us to quickly understand what the article was about. Also, the fact that your summary is short makes it more pleasant for the reader.
However, I noticed that you did not include the link to the original article which is always a good idea for a reader that would like to read to entire article. After doing a few research, I believe you were referring to this article: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/20/sport/us-olympics-swimmers-reported-ro...
Moreover, for your future posts, I would recommend adding links to similar articles to support the reliability of the article you have chosen, especially in the case of fake news. Here is the link to another article on your subject published in the Rolling Stone on August 18, 2016, which shows a short footage of the incident recorded by cameras at the gas station: http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/news/olympic-simmer-ryan-lochte-lied-...

I believe that this news summary is well written. I see that you talked about the important highlights of this incident. Furthermore, you took a reliable source and you made a research in order to back up the information given by CNN.

I found your analysis of one of the most internationally controversial incidents of the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 to be very clear and insightful.
I think an interesting perspective of this situation would be to analyze why many people believed Ryan Lochte’s “over-exaggeration”. I think undeserved privilege aided Lochte in his claim and thus increased society’s plausibility to accept his version of the event. Privilege is when certain individuals receive unearned advantages, granted based on their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity etc. In Western society, those with the most privilege are white heterosexual males such as himself. Due to the concept of intersectionality, Lochte also has the advantage of being a famous and masculine swimmer who represented team USA. Due to his identity, he is believed to be an honest, credible and idolized individual. Furthermore, it was Lochte’s word against those of foreigners, who do not meet the Western criteria that merit certain privileges in our society. In this case, privilege is expressed in the form of having your word believed by a mass of people before all facts are released, as well as having a large amount of media coverage portraying Lochte as a victim. If Lochte was of a different nationality, I believe the opinion of the population; his credibility and the amount of media coverage would not have been the same, especially considering his supposed attackers were individuals who held positions of authority.
Lochte is not the first professional athlete to use his privileged life to his advantage. Here is an article that discusses Brock Turner’s white male privilege during his sexual assault case you may be interested in reading. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/09/standford-rape-case-whit...

Young, Damon. “The Stanford sexual assault case: a white privilege cake with vanilla frosting on top.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 9 June 2016, www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/09/standford-rape-case-white-privil.... Accessed 5 Apr. 2017.