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.
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/341-02212008-1491476.html Interesting article detailing why the author thinks Angle is full of shit and will never compete in an MMA match. Especially with the person he's announced he'd like to fight.