Matt Lauer’s Bias Shown in Ryan Lochte Interview and the Actions of the Brazilian Security Guards were Worse Crimes than Lochte’s Drunken Vandalism and His Less than Truthful Account of What Happened to Him

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There is no excuse for a thirty-two-year-old man who is not an alcoholic getting drunk, committing vandalism and making false reports to the police and media about the incident. The same came be said for the bias Matt Lauer demonstrated in his interview of Lochte and the conduct of the security guard who pulled a gun on the four US swimmers. (Security camera footage proves that the guard did pull and point his gun at the athletes even though he did not place it against Lochte’s head.) However, while Lochte acted like a man and admitted what he did was wrong, Lauer will never publicly declare his own misdeeds and the security guard has not and will not be arrested.

It was obvious from viewing Lauer’s interview with Lochte that Lauer relished the chance to embarrass an American. That Lochte was a white male was just icing on the cake. It is also a certainly that it is because of Lauer’s Liberal bias that he whitewashed the conduct of a Brazilin security guard and Brazilian authorities in the affair. It is yet another example of the soft bigotry of low expectations.

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Lauer told Lochte that the Brazilian security guard who pulled a gun on the four Americans was ”negotiating” with Lochte and not robbing him. Does Lauer believe pulling a gun on someone is an acceptable negotiating tactic? How would Lauer feel if the next time he is negotiating his contract with NBC, an NBC executive brandishes a firearm? Would he be fine with it on the grounds that it was a negotiating tactic?

If what happen in Rio had happened in the U.S. the security guard would now be in far more serious legal trouble than Lochte. The guard would be charged with illegally brandishing a fire arm because he pulled it in a non-life-threatening situation. He would also be charged with illegal detention since he told Lochte at the point of a gun that he could not leave the scene without handing over money. Since he took money from Lochte he would also be charged with armed robbery. If the gun were illegal there would be an additional charged for that as well.

Liberals like Lauer wet their pants over the mere thought of a gun but he did not condemn the Brazilian security guard for pulling a gun on four Americans nor Brazilian authorities for not arresting the security guard. The reason is that Brazil is a third world country with a majority minority population. If fact, contrary to what Lauer would have us believe, what happen to Lochte actually reinforces the narrative that Rio is a dangerous and almost lawless city. The same can be said for the fact that in the days after the Lochte incident a British Olympic athlete was robbed in Rio. Lauer and other Liberals in the media have been very quiet about this other robbery because it does not fit the Liberal narrative the media wants us to accept.

Lauer made a point of mentioning in the interview that Lochte could lose millions in endorsement deals over what happen. If Liberals like Lauer covered the story honestly, Lochte might not take such a big financial hit. More importantly, the media never makes an issue of the fact that African Americans with criminal records get endorsement deals with frequency. Perhaps the best example is Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., who is better known as Snoop Dogg. Broadus was a member of the Crips, was charged with murder, and is an open advocate for the heavy use of illegal drugs. Yet Broadus has also enjoyed several lucrative endorsement deals over the course of his life. Can you say “double standard”?

In the final analysis, in his accounts Lochte left out some important details, embellished others and told a few lies. Yet his central claim, that he was robbed at gunpoint, is demonstrably true despite what Lauer would have us believe. Does Lauer understand that not even a police officer in the U.S. is legally allowed to point a gun at someone and demand the contents of his or her wallet?

Lochte deserves credit for not trying to escape the consequences of his actions by pulling the “I’m going to rehab” card. He has accepted full responsibility for his conduct. He therefore comes out looking better in this situation than the Lauer, the security guard and the Brazilian authorities.

EDIT MADE ON AUGUST 22, 2016

At two points in the security camera footage, you can see the Americans raise their arms in the universally understood “don’t shoot me with the gun you are pointing at me” gesture. Although the security guards are out of frame in both cases, it is obvious that a gun[s] is being pointed at the swimmers at the time. There is no other reasonable explanation. 

There are three minutes “mysteriously” missing from the security camera footage. All people who are not naive realize that these three minutes were erased because they are incriminating to someone who is not an American.

According to one source, Lochte was confused by the uniforms the security guards were wearing and so mistook them for people impersonating police.

Both Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, two of the other three swimmers involved, have released written statements. Conger described a gun being pointed at them by a security guard. Bentz related that two security guards pointed firearms at the group. Both statements support the notion that the guns were pulled before the translator/witness came on the scene.

Bentz and Jack Conger agree that the only vandalism that occurred at the gas station was that a poster was pulled off a wall. Both deny that any damage was done to the restroom or the restroom door.

Betnz maintained: “Videos of this situation have been emerging the last several days. However, I am confident that some video angles have not been shown that would further substantiate my account. I also believe some scenes have been skipped over.”

The security camera footage that has been released fails to show any evidence of the restroom or its door being damaged by the swimmers. Video taken at the gas station  a few days after the incident proves that neither the door, or anything in restroom has been repaired or replaced.

EDIT MADE ON AUGUST 23, 2016

Brazilian legal experts have weighed in on what happened. A Rio judge did not rule out the possibility that the conduct of the guards could be considered a “robbery.” A veteran lawyer remarked that none of the Americans have made statements that could get them convicted of filing a false police report.

None of the swimmers went anywhere near the bathroom at the gas station. The claims by police that the athletes vandalized the restroom were false.

The only act of vandalism that took place was Lochte’s pulling what has been described as an “advertising sign off the wall” that was said to be just “loosely attached” to the wall.

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The witnesses/translator, who was at first reported to have said he did not see guns being pulled but did see one of the guards place his hand on his gun, now confirms that the security guards did thereafter pull guns on the Americans.

The guards were either off-duty Rio police or off-duty corrections officers. At least one displayed his badge during the encounter and they may have been working what is defined by local law as an illegal private security detail.

The money taken by the security guards was 60% more than what was required to cover the damage to the sign.

EDIT MADE ON MORNING OF AUGUST 24, 2016

The latest report describes what Lochte tore down as an “advertising poster with a metallic frame.”

It has been established that the security guards also work as prison guards.

Since at least one security guard flashed his prison guard badge and the guards were wearing their prison guard uniforms it means that the guards were impersonating police officers just as Lochte claimed.

EDIT MADE ON NIGHT OF AUGUST 24, 2016

Jimmy Feigen, the only one of the four athletes who had not given a statement to the media, released a statement. It is in agreement with the accounts provided by the other swimmers.

At first prosecutors told Feigen that he would have to pay $31,500 U.S. to make the fabricated charge of making false police report go away and for him to be allowed to leave the country. When he refused the amount was increased to $46,875. In the end he handed over about $11,000 U.S. so that he could go home.

After the cab pulled into the gas station the four Americans entered a store attached to the gas station to search for a restroom. They found none and so began to search outside the gas station for a bathroom. They tried, but did not damage, a door outside. None could read Portuguese and so they could not have known that the locked door they tried to open was a restroom door. They thereafter urinated in a grassy area behind the gas station.

The poster Lochte pulled down after the men finished going to the bathroom was made of canvas and so I doubt he could have damaged it when he tore it off the wall. It appears that it was only the metal frame that held the poster that was damaged.

More evidence has emerged which points to how corruptly the Rio police and local prosecutor’s office handled the affair. It is too much to summarize here. Anyone interested should read the USA Today coverage for the details. USA Today should win journalism awards for how well they have covered this story.

EDIT MADE ON AUGUST 25, 2016

The Brazilian authorities handling of the incident has been so corrupt we need to call it #Riogate.

EDIT MADE AUGUST 26, 2016

Lochte has been indicted for making a false police report.

Days ago the Rio police made an official public statement claiming that the swimmers vandalized the restroom at the gas station even though they knew this was false. The Rio authorities are corrupt and no one should trust anything they say or do.

Who is going to indict the Rio police for making a knowingly false report that the swimmers damaged the restroom?

EDIT MADE ON AUGUST 28, 2016

Lochte claimed the Americans were pulled over on the road by armed men impersonating police. They were actually forced out of their cab at the gas station by armed men impersonating police officers which is really not much different. The only distinction is that the cab was not in motion but parked at the gas station. I think it is safe to assume that the reason why Lochte lied about being pulled over was that he did not want to admit that he yanked the poster off the wall.

It would not surprise me if the swimmers suspected that the witness/translator was in on the con and working with the fake police to rob the Americans. Cons like this are run on foreigners in third world countries all the time.

Lochte should fire his agent and attorney because they are not being more vocal in their support of him.

EDIT MADE ON AUGUST 31, 2016

I should have made clear that when I wrote in this post and on Twitter that the security guards were wearing their prison guard uniforms I was making an assumption based upon the press report that Lochte claimed he was thrown by the fact that the guards wore official looking uniforms. What matters is that it was both the uniforms and the flashing of a badge were what was behind Lochte’s assertion that the men who robbed him were impersonating police officers.

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10 thoughts on “Matt Lauer’s Bias Shown in Ryan Lochte Interview and the Actions of the Brazilian Security Guards were Worse Crimes than Lochte’s Drunken Vandalism and His Less than Truthful Account of What Happened to Him

  1. Well this was an interesting twist. Brazilians are criminals so what Ryan did wasn’t that bad. Black people do worse things than this and get endorsement deals so Ryan shouldn’t be penalized. Liberal biased media is somehow hiding what we all see clearly in the video. They are also excusing the brazillians from their crimes since they are guilt-ridden liberals. And you managed to work in your disdain for snoop dogg after making the jump to African American criminals with endorsement deals from out of nowhere. I swear I have read it seven times and cannot see the logical connection that your African American rant has with this story. But I guess this is what you do.

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    • You wrote: “Brazilians are criminals so what Ryan did wasn’t that bad.” I never claimed all Brazilians are criminals. If you do some research you will find that statistics prove Rio is a very dangerous city. Do you know it is common for business men who visit to travel with armed security?

      You also stated: “Black people do worse things than this and get endorsement deals so Ryan shouldn’t be penalized.” I never argued he should not suffer any consequences for his actions.

      You commented: “Liberal biased media is somehow hiding what we all see clearly in the video.” Do you not know that three minutes are “mysteriously” missing from the security camera footage? Are you so naive that you do not realize the three minutes were erased because of what they prove? The video does show a gun being pointed at the swimmers.

      You remarked: “They are also excusing the brazillians from their crimes since they are guilt-ridden liberals.” Good job! It is yet another example of the soft bigotry of low expectations.

      You furthermore wrote: “And you managed to work in your disdain for snoop dogg after making the jump to African American criminals with endorsement deals from out of nowhere. I swear I have read it seven times and cannot see the logical connection that your African American rant has with this story. But I guess this is what you do.” The explanation for this is that every educator you have had from pre-k on up has been a Liberal. Many polls taken over many years have proved that about 80% of those in the media self-identify as Liberal. You do not even realize that you have been brainwashed and there is an alternative point of view out there.
      You will learn something if you do a Google search for “double standard.”

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  2. Not sure this is liberal bias in effect here — just really bad and one-sided reporting without taking facts into account. If anything the media has become an extension of the National Enquirer.

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    • I believe that media bias came into play because Liberals do not want to criticize a third world country with a majority minority population and do not want Americans to correctly view Brazil as a dangerous and almost lawless city.

      I do agree with your general assessment of the media to a degree. I think sports writers are about the only ones left who still do real journalism.

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  3. So, from what I get, you admit that Lochte knowingly made a false report to the police, but you think the authorities were abusive towards the athletes for a minor offense, and should have arrested and charged the guards? Is that it?

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    • The story keeps evolving. The Americans maintain that the Brazilian police lied about what the swimmers told them. We know Lochte was less than completely honest with the media but as of this date it is not at all clear what he said to the police. One of the swimmers said the police wrote out a statement in Portuguese and he signed it even though he could not read it.

      I do think you have been fair in characterizing how I feel about what happen.

      The Brazilian authorities handling of the incident has been so corrupt we need to call it #Riogate.

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  4. That would mean rewriting the whole post to make the context of every answer clear, and I’m not wasting time doing if you already read it. I don’t see what’s the problem in publishing the comment with your words, unless you don’t want your original words available when you edit the original post.

    I guess I expected too much when I assumed you wouldn’t censor a post showing how wrong you are.

    Have a nice day.

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    • Your comments totaled 2,383 words. However, 934 of them, or 39%, consisted of your reposting of my own words. No person who visits my blog wants to reread so much of my text in your comments since they would have already read what I wrote. If you rewrite your comments and only quote that portion of my post that is essential to making your points, or better yet, paraphrase my words, I will approve, post and respond to your comments. You have to give me something that those who visit my blog will find readable. It is not about censorship. It is about your comments having to be readable. I regret that I will not be able to show you that you are wrong about everything you wrote. I guess I expected too much when I assumed you were neither lazy nor a bad writer. Have a nice day.

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