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Bob Costas to Bill O’Reilly: NBC Olympics Coverage Criticism ‘Entirely Out of Context’

Costas O'ReillyAppearing on the “O’Reilly Factor” last night, NBC primetime Olympics host Bob Costas defended criticism of his commentary about Russian President Vladamir Putin during the Sochi Olympics.

Starting with the fact he was reluctant to come on with O’Reilly because it posed the risk of “amplifying a non-issue,” Costas said the criticism over NBC’s Olympic coverage was entirely out of context by “cut and paste” journalists.

“On behalf of my colleagues at NBC…we did exactly what we said we were going to do,” Costas responded to O’Reilly asking why NBC got involved with the political situation in Russia at all. “We would frame the backdrop at which these Olympics took place.”

Costas continued to defend himself against critics criticizing him as being too soft toward Putin, pointing out how critical he was: “He’s a villain, he’s an adversary, period.”

Bob Costas to Appear on ‘O’Reilly Factor’ Tonight

bob-costasNBC’s Bob Costas will be a guest on a live edition of the “O’Reilly Factor” tonight, recounting his recent experience anchoring the Olympics in Sochi while commenting on the tumultuous situation between Russia and Ukraine.

Toward the end of his Olympic coverage, Costas teared into the Russian regime.

The Sochi games are Vladimir Putin‘s games, from their inception to their conclusion, and all points in between. If they are successful on their own terms, as appears to be the case, then at least in some corners it will help to burnish the image of a regime with which much of the world takes significant issue. No amount of Olympic glory can mask those realities any more than a biathlon gold medal, though hard-earned and deeply satisfying as it is, can put out the fires in Kiev.

Costas will be on for two segments, so we’ll keep an eye out for any exchanges on Costas’ infamous Olympics eye infection (pun intended).

Bob Costas Talks of Brutality in Ukraine Amid ‘Vladimir Putin’s Games’

CostasRussiaTwenty minutes into the penultimate night of Olympic competition from Sochi, Bob Costas took a few minutes to highlight today’s gold medal-winning Ukrainian women’s biathlon relay team amid the backdrop of the violence that raged in their home country this week. “There are about 40 Ukrainian athletes in Sochi,” Costas noted. “They requested to compete with black arm bands. That request was denied.”

Costas then talked about the success of the XXII Winter Olympics. Security has held up, venues have been praised and the warmth of the host country has shone through, he said, before tearing into the Russian regime: ”While Russian citizens have better lives than Soviet citizens of a generation ago, theirs is still a government which imprisons dissidents, is hostile to gay rights, sponsors and supports a vicious regime in Syria, and that’s just a partial list.”

The Sochi games are Vladimir Putin‘s games, from their inception to their conclusion, and all points in between. If they are successful on their own terms, as appears to be the case, then at least in some corners it will help to burnish the image of a regime with which much of the world takes significant issue. No amount of Olympic glory can mask those realities any more than a biathlon gold medal, though hard-earned and deeply satisfying as it is, can put out the fires in Kiev.

 

Matt Lauer Teases Bob Costas’ Travel Plans: ‘You Taking The Red-Eye?’

Lauer CostasOn the “Today” show this morning, Matt Lauer poked a little fun at colleague Bob Costas over Costas’ Olympic battle with an eye infection.

“When are you taking off?” Lauer asked, with a dark sunglass-wearing Costas responding he’ll leave Sochi on Monday.

“You taking the red-eye home?” Lauer asked while laughing. “Did I walk into that or what?” Costas replied.

Costas also thanked Lauer and Meredith Vieira for filling in for him while he battled an eye infection, which he said made him feel miserable, adding he felt he wasn’t holding up his end of the bargain while he was out and his colleagues were working so hard.

‘Fox & Friends’ Scooter Race Goes Awry

A “Fox & Friends” segment on new toys crashed and burned this morning when several of the anchors attempted to race scooters and skateboards in the studio. Steve Doocy crashed into the camera on his skateboard, Elisabeth Hasselbeck lost control of her scooter and Heather Nauert wiped out and landed “right down on the floor on my stomach.”

On the “After the Show Show,” Peter Johnson Jr. surveyed his colleagues on the extent of their injuries before they agreed to a rematch, although he declined to participate himself. “I’m kind of the Bob Costas. Look at my eyes,” he joked. Watch:


‘I’m Bob Costas Sitting in Tonight for Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira’

CostasBackBob Costas returned to NBC’s Olympic coverage tonight, dry eyes — and wit — intact.

“I’m Bob Costas sitting in tonight for Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira,” deadpanned the longtime Olympics anchor at the start of Monday’s coverage.

Costas’s eye infection became one of the story lines of the first week of the Sochi games. “Too much attention spent on it,” Costas told Brian Williams earlier today. ”It just got to the point where they were so blurry and light sensitive, I couldn’t impose that on the public.”

Costas hosted the first night of coverage last Thursday, with an infection apparent in his left eye. Over the weekend, it spread to his right eye. By Tuesday, Lauer was called up to fill in. Meredith Vieira relieved Lauer on Friday and Saturday.

Before the first commercial break, Costas added: “My sincere thanks to Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, two friends and true pros who stepped in for me on short notice and my thanks to you who expressed your concern and my apologies for the unavoidable but uncomfortable circumstance of a broadcaster’s ill-timed affliction getting in the way, even for just a few moments, for what we all came here for: the Olympic games.”

Meredith Vieira Back on Primetime Saturday, After Watching Team USA Hockey Thriller

Meredith Vieira will be back tonight hosting NBC Olympics primetime and late night as Bob Costas continues to recover from an eye infection. Earlier today Vieira was among the spectators as Team USA Hockey beat Russia in an eight-round shootout final. NBC says the game was the most streamed hockey game in NBC Sports and NBC Olympics history. Due to the popularity of the game, portions will air tonight in primetime on NBC. The full game will air tomorrow on NBCSN beginning at 4:30pmET. Al Michaels and Mike “Doc” Emrick will join Vieira tonight on the primetime show to talk about the game. Michaels called the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.

 

How Shannon Bream Kept Reporting Through Incurable Eye Condition

Shannon BreamFox News correspondent Shannon Bream can relate to Bob Costas. While an eye infection has sidelined the NBC Olympics anchor for most of this week, Bream struggled with a rare, incurable eye condition for a year-and-a-half, impacting every aspect of her life: from getting a good night’s sleep to reporting outdoor live shots for Fox News.

“Physically I was in excruciating pain,” Bream told TVNewser this afternoon about her Recurrent Corneal Erosion syndrome. At times she woke up in the middle of the night feeling like her “cornea was tearing off.”

“There’s part of you that, when you show up for work, you kick into professional mode and try to do your absolute best,” the Washington, DC-based reporter said.

Sunny days were especially hard, especially when outdoor live shots was called for.

Reading a teleprompter while filling in on the anchor desk was also tough: “Double vision makes reading the prompter very tricky,” she said.

Bream is sympathetic to Costas’s condition.

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Meredith Vieira to Make NBC Olympics History

Bob Costasbad fortune will result in history tonight as Meredith Vieira becomes the first woman to anchor NBC’s Olympic primetime coverage.

“I’m really worried because I have to host primetime tonight…I’m filling in for Mr. C,” Vieira said in a phone call to “Today” this morning. “It’s an honor to fill in for him. You think about the Olympics, and you think the athletes and then Bob Costas.”

Matt Lauer has been filling in for Costas the last three nights. Costas — who has hosted NBC’s Olympics primetime coverage since 1988 — is starting to feel better from his eye infection and hopes to return soon.

This also gives a nice boost for Vieira who begins hosting her own daytime syndicated show this Fall. NBC has been pulling in more than 22 million viewers in primetime during the Sochi games.

Matt Lauer Will Be Back For Third Night of Olympics Coverage

Matt Lauer will host a third night of NBC’s Olympics primetime and late night for the ailing Bob Costas as Costas continues to battle an eye infection. Before Wednesday’s primetime, Jim Bell, who is running the show in Sochi for NBC, and worked with Lauer on “Today,” Tweeted:

And now you can add another 5+ hours as Lauer adds primetime and late night duties tonight. And the infection may be spreading to other networks. On “CBS This Morning” Norah O’Donnell motioned to Jeff Glor who was also uncharacteristically wearing specs on set: “Poor Jeff Glor has got a Costas infection going on.”

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