I have been watching both Australia's Seven Network and the US's NBC coverage of the Olympics games.
Something that I have seen is that Seven is quite blunt in referring to the Australian team as "our swimmers", "our heroes" "we got X golds" etc, which I think is great. However NBC refers to the American team as the "US team", the "Americans" etc, despite it coming from a US-based network and the speakers being US citizens? This was confirmed when one of the NBC hosts was interviewed by the Seven Network this morning and he actually said that they must present a neutral front and cannot refer to the American team as "our team" or anything similar?
Has the USA gotten so beaten over anti-Americanism that they cannot even be patriotic and proud during one of the few times a decade it is acceptable to do so. This was reinforced when some Americans I met here in Australia have absolutely no patriotism in them. Some jackass insulted them saying something inappropriate and they didn't respond. If something bad was said about an Australian overseas they would retaliate.
What is going on here?