The Olympic Size Rio PR Disaster

 There has been nothing but horrible reportings from Rio. 

  • mosquito-borne Zika virus
  • unpaid policemen at the airport greeting visitors with a sign “Welcome to Hell” 
  • overcrowded hospitals not taking patients
  • body parts in the water
  • drug dealers in favelas selling drugs with Olympic rings on the packaging
  • new bike paths falling apart and killing cyclists
  • incomplete subway lines
  • a fire forcing the Australian Olympic team robbed while evacuating 

At some point, yes these all were true, but have been ridiculously repeated and exaggerated. 

One writer traveled to Rio off of his own penny:

"E. M. Swift Cognoscenti contributor
E.M. Swift wrote for Sports Illustrated between 1978 and 2010, covering a wide range of sports but specializing in the Olympics. He is now a freelance writer." 

Swift has nothing but good things to say about what is going on in Rio.

Swift writes, "It’s a shame. In four days I literally haven’t seen a mosquito, despite tempting fate with a three hour hike through a mountain jungle and dinner at an outdoor cafe."

He hasn't seen a mosquito, people are nice,  he feels safe and the beaches are stunning. It is a shame. He writes how the tickets are very affordable, however some of the pricier tickets are still up for grabs, probably due to the bad media coverage/lack of PR, meaning the corporate big dogs are staying away, but the locals are supporting it. 

I used to want to be one of the newscasters, to report the good that is going on in the world, however, even when something positive happens, the media tends to put on a negative twist. They are also told what to say, so for me to be a newscaster, I would need my own station. 

Have you every counted on what the media is reporting? Make a tally on the positive and negative for one hour. I will give you a high five if you can get the positive column up to 5. 

I understand negative things happen, every second of the day, but why does it need to be dwelled on and repeated 39,443,645,432 times. 

What happened to focusing on the positive, and more positive things shall come? 

I hope to one day have a station that reports the truth and the positive things going on in the world, sometimes you may just have to look a little harder, or see for yourself, as Swift has done with the Olympics in Rio. High five Swift. 

See his full article here: http://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2016/08/02/rio-olympics-bad-press-2016-e-m-swift