The Wall Street Journal reports that US athletes may wear high-tech masks because of the horribly polluted air in Beijing when the Summer Olympics start in two weeks.

Considering China’s involvement in the genocide in Darfur, their violence against Tibetans, their continuing human rights violations, and their hacking into Congressional computers — plus the health problems the pollution will cause for athletes from all nations — the IOC should never have chosen Beijing as the host city and given them what is sure to be a huge public relations coup.

Think NBC will show us any of those negative stories amid their hundreds of hours of Olympics coverage next month? Don’t hold your breath.