National Review Wastes 700 Words on Obama's First Pitch

News & Politics

As much as I'd like to think this item, from National Review's Andy McCarthy, is some kind of parody, it's almost certainly sincere. It's a 700-word piece about President Obama throwing out a pitch at this week's All-Star Game.


[M]y six-year-old throws a baseball better (far better, in fact) than Obama. Yet the media went out of its way to obscure that, too -- no doubt wishing to avoid unfavorable comparisons to the strike President Bush famously fired from the mound at Yankee Stadium at the 2001 World Series. In its live broadcast, Fox (and remember, this is Fox Sports, not Fox News) covered Obama's first pitch at a very weird angle that conveyed his spastic motion but didn't do justice to how pathetic the toss was. But that's nothing compared to ESPN's laughable coverage. Here's the clip. Besides reporting only that there was a "standing ovation for the commander-in-chief," the announcer made a point of noting that Obama's pitch "didn't bounce" before reaching home-plate (though the announcer did cop to the "horrible camera work that made the trajectory of the pitch impossible to see).

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