NBC sportscaster Bob Costas tonight responded to criticism of his Olympics coverage in Sochi.

Some critics were unhappy with the way Costas portrayed Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Costas said his words were taken out of context.

“This is a controversy only for those looking for the most flimsy pretext for a controversy and a kind of cut-and-paste thing that isn’t even journalism,” he told Bill O’Reilly.

O’Reilly asked him why he discussed politics since he was there for sports, and Costas said it was to frame the backdrop against which the Olympic Games occurred.

While in Sochi, Costas said he repeatedly talked about Russia’s horrible human rights record, the jailing of dissidents and the overall “endemic” corruption there.

“He’s an adversary, period,” Costas said.

Watch the interview above.

Watch part 2 of the interview, in which Costas discussed having the Olympics in Russia.

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