I'm not sure why this is an argument. Here in the US, total medal counts have ALWAYS been how it's been listed on every TV and in every newspaper I can remember since I was old enough to care to look (1980? 1976?) - it's not a better or worse way of presenting the information, it's just how it always IS (has been) around here.
Good lord, one too many punches to the head I think. Interesting read, but the man has some obviously SERIOUS mental issues. http://www.kansascity.com/2011/02/12/2651357/tommy-morrison-now-42-still-clings.html