US Media – The Olympic Dopes

Editorial Cartoon Ye Shiwen Olympic Swimmer Doping

The Cartoonist Studio Editorial Cartoon Contest continues and I made it to week EIGHT!!  Thanks to all for voting.  Click the image above or here to go to the voting.  You should do a search of “Bearman” and my cartoon will come up front and center and then vote.  Again, as long as I stay in the contest, there will be two editorial cartoons a week to vote on – Mondays and Thursdays.   Oh and you can vote multiple times in each round if you want (resets every six hours) until EOD Saturday.


Today’s editorial cartoon was inspired by the lovely media in the United States.  So when Michael Phelps breaks records it is because of his hard work and dedication to perfecting his craft.  When Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen breaks records it is because she is doping or even worse actually a man.  Seriously??  We can go into the potentially unethical way the Chinese Government pulls kids away from their parents at a young age to mold them to be an Olympic great and then dump them when they don’t perform up to expectations.   But does this poor girl, who has not failed a single drug test, have to be put up to that level of scrutiny??


So some of you know my friend Lynn of Trippin With Rip fame has gone off the radar and is spending time in Thailand (including at least one night in Bangkok).  She has created a foundation in memory of her son Christopher that will work to help those in the tribal communities of Asia and Thailand.  She has set up a Facebook page titled The Christopher Robert Project.  Those of you who know her, please go give it a “like”.  Those of you who don’t, check it out and possibly do the same.  She’s good peeps.

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  1. Red says:

    Our media could win events, but they are all considered socially unacceptable in public.

  2. Scott says:

    That is a very good point–one I had not considered. In this country, where freedom of the press is so grossly abused, it is very difficult to get reasonably unbiased information except, ironically, from the public media (PBS and NPR).

  3. They always come down on any successful woman athlete, it seems to me.

  4. Bo Lumpkim says:

    The best thing about the Olympics to me is that it only lasts a couple of weeks and only happens every couple of years…kinda like the flu.

    As far as the US media I am surprised that they aren’t bashing the Americans.

    As far as this swimmer..way to deserve it. She and Michael Phelps are now qualified to be lifeguards somewhere.

    • Bearman says:

      But very wealthy life guards. Now they will both go on the pubic speaking circuit and make a bunch of money as a motivational speaker.

  5. Yep. That’s how it goes.

  6. Comedy Plus says:

    Most of our media is totally out of control. Do and say anything. Have whatever opinion (heavy on opinion) you want and often based on no facts at all. Sigh.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  7. Mark Stokes says:

    Those who can’t write nasty articles about those who can.

  8. Miss R says:

    Ooooh SNAP!
    Great ‘toon Bearman

  9. Tyler says:

    Haha! ‘Tis the punishment for being famous… At least she has a medal to flaunt!

  10. Tony McGurk says:

    Tall poppy syndrome strikes again. I say good on her. Way to go Ye Shiwen!!! The media are the biggest bunch of hypocrites around. They resort to all sorts of unethical behaviour to get a story, or to “make” a story, but as soon as someone does something, or is accused of doing something, that the media perceives as unethical they jump all over that person.

  11. Friggin Loon says:

    I suspect quite a few athletes are using some form of enhancement performing drugs or bioidentical manipulation. I don’t think there has been one Olympic in recent times when an athlete or two has been sent home or later to have been found guilty of doping .They include athletes from Great Britain, USA, Greece, Sweden and Romania (men and women). I remember when Marion Jones won gold at the Sydney Olympics and the media were criticized for their comments. I don’t think there is anything wrong in questioning athletes performances because either way, were are probably all thinking it anywho.

    Blood samples, like criminal evidence, should be stored indefinitely until advancement in testing can give thumbs up or down to athletes. Its like anything, if you didn’t cheat you got nothing to worry about. Or alternatively just make drug taking legal. Now that would be some Olympics!!!!

    • Bearman says:

      Agreed but notice still no one in the U.S. Media would ever think to say Phelps is doping (which I don’t think he is) but they lose big to another country and suddenly the suspicion is high.

      There will always be wiggle room…but they need to just keep coming up with new banned substances I guess.

      • Binky says:

        Luckily they don’t test for Chocolate or the Wombie team would be in trouble.

      • Friggin Loon says:

        I do recall Flo Jo and Marion Jones got quite a lot of US media eyebrowing.
        Phelps and Thorpe escaped much scrutiny because they had both smashed records right from early stages of their swimming careers, well before their first Olympics.

        In the cases of Ye Shiwen and Michelle Smith (Irish swimmer in Atlanta) both women had mediocre personal best times in events leading up to the Olympics. This is what is raising the eyebrows of the coaches.
        You must remember these athletes are competing amongst each other all year round. They pretty much know when something is suspicious.

        • Friggin Loon says:

          Here’s a little footnote Ye Shiwen’s coach is an Australian and media reported he receives a bonus of $250,000 each time she wins a gold medal. Not that there’s anything wrong with that 😉

        • Bearman says:

          I think I need to start coaching the Chinese Badminton team. I could be tempted to throw some “juice” in their food.

        • Bearman says:

          Phelps first jump on the world stage wasnt that great. They said one year made a huge difference for him in age and size and that is what gave him the power to excel.

  12. Binky says:

    Are you implying that the American media is biased?

  13. Lynn says:

    One night in BKK- too funny! We can boost that one night to 5 months but who’s counting? Thank you so much for the shout out and I’m so sorry I didn’t get half a chance to come by to thank you until now. I feel like we’re family and I just didn’t inherit the green hair gene. 🙂 I’ve been away from Thailand let’s just say– “Tryin’ to do a deal”– I’ll be back in Chiang Mai around the 13th in time to see Pichai put on his new (dancin’) shoes. We’re hopin’ he walks. It’s been almost 12 long months for a baby in bilateral long leg casting. Thanks again for the shout out you sexy thang! psst– I voted – again. I’m loyal like that.

  14. starla says:

    I agree Lynn is good peeps ;+) I’ll have to check out her blog next. I put my Vote in! great job on being so prolific and creative as well as timily.

  15. lisleman says:

    Now that you have made it to week 8 in your cartoon contest when will you be drug tested?

  16. Cha says:

    Ahahahhh I absolutely love this cartoon!!! Awesome.

  17. I hope that’s not ‘Drain-o’ in that. Remember Sarah Connor in Terminator 2? Sorry, I went on a super nerd tangent!

  18. x*c3“* My original comment, which was a very clever one, somehow got eaten. And now I forgot it. I mistrust the media more & more.

  19. Wait! There are Olympics going on? I thought there was only Chick-Fil-A going on.

  20. Well done. Very funny. I cast my vote for you.

  21. I can’t help myself it is a bit suspect that that little girl can swim that fast.

  22. lol says:

    More like just because a foreign countries is winning, most of us take that as a negative and portray the athlete’s victory as a negative, blaming the country for them training their athletes since they are young. That isn’t negative, that’s more of a point of respect because those athletes sacrificed their childhood just for the glory of a gold medal. Typical privileged white people being assholes.

    • Bearman says:

      That’s why I enjoy watching the olympics outside the US. Smaller countries focus on the best in each sport rather than just their team.

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