The Common Good

In Defense Of Sochi 'Whining'

Date: February 13, 2014

Now that we’ve all seen journalists’ tweets about unfinished/lousy/weird/stray-animal-inhabited accommodations at the Sochi Olympics, a new genre has risen from the rubble: Critiques of said tweets as sheltered, poverty-oblivious, ugly-American whining.

Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent Margaret Coker compares the tweeted Sochi shortcomings to her accommodations in war zones and assorted other miserable places.

Stephen Mattson, on the faith-based site Sojourners, accuses posters of making fun of stuff that’s normal for all but the world’s most privileged.