January 6, 2006, - 10:40 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Hmmm . . . . Why is there almost no media coverage of egregious anti-Americanism at this week’s World Junior Hockey Championships in Vancouver, Canada? The only thing we saw was a tiny article buried in the USA Today sports section.
But the competition is important because it was filled with anti-American booing. Seems our Canadian neighbors to the North cheered for every opponent country playing the U.S.
And, predictably, USA Hockey officials–whose salaries we subsidize through tax-deductions and security our taxes provide–are sticking their heads in the sand. Here’s what USA Today reported about what happened to Team USA:
Their on-ice struggles were exacerbated by anti-American sentiment. U.S. officials believe fans’ decision to root for the USA’s opponents primarily reflected a pro-Canadian philosophy about hockey. . . . “I’m not going to speculate wether politics had anything to do with it,” USA Hockey President Ron DeGregorio said. “To me, this is just sports . . . . I’m a Red Sox fan. We root against the Yankees.”
Whatever. One wonders: Is this a prelude to what we can expect at next month’s Winter Olympics? Count on it. But don’t plan to read about it in the “Mainstream Media”.
*** UPDATE: Reader David E. calls the anti-American country to the North, “Canuckistan”. We concur.
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