Funny, I thought "the media" was particularly restrained considering Putin's appalling human rights record recently, as well as the relentless attack on the nascent democratic institutions there, particularly a free press. I heard Costas give a short commentary on it one evening - couldn't have been more than 3 minutes. And that's it. The rest of NBC's "up close and personal" pieces that I saw were 100% pro-Russia fluff. The newspaper's sports page ignored everything but the sports. Not exactly what I would call "knocking them at every turn". Seems to me they got what amounted to a free pass.