Has Olympics Coverage Shortchanged Brazil?

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The scale of the olympics enterprise is startling. For every athlete participating in the Games, there are now three members of the press scurrying across Rio de Janeiro looking for stories to tell—as many as 30,000 accredited journalists in total.

For years, there has been very little global journalism focused on Rio and the 6 million human dramas unfolding there daily. Suddenly, stories about Brazil are inescapable, even if some—like the purported armed robbery of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and his teammates—turn out to be falsehoods that reinforce damaging stereotypes about a complicated place.

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