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Sunday, March 20, 2005

David Broder on Meet The Press

David Broder is the Dean of the Washington establishment pundits. But he ought to be retired, he has been doing it for so long his vernacular extends back to a time that has little bearing on today's world.
Today on Meet The Press the discussion was of steroids in major league baseball.

Russert: David Broder, what do you take from that?

Mr. Broder: Well, Mark McGwire did as much to discredit himself in that hearing as he did with his achievements on the field to bring glory to himself and to the game. I do not think that Congress was out of line at all to look into this issue. I think it's--it is the national pastime, and this is the national legislature, and I think it is a real problem that they have properly exposed.

The national pastime? Maybe back in the 1960s one could say baseball was the national pastime. But this is 2005. Now the national pastime would probably have to be watching television. Broder can almost always be counted on to shill for the liberal viewpoint, as he did with the Terri Schiavo controversy, when he framed his opinion to put forth that the Republicans are merely advocating her saving for political gain.

So long as Meet The Press remains a liberal conduit in the msm, Broder will continue to be tapped for his positions until he retires.

UPDATE: To be fair, Chris Wallace of FOX News Sunday has also referred to baseball as "the nation's pastime". This is oldspeak.

Baseball is still called our National Pastime, but that’s mainly because it’s been around so long. Football dominates the hive-mind, and the NCAA tournament all but knocked Opening Day off the radar screen this year. Public interest in the game is not nearly what it could be—or what it once was. Not all of it, however, is tied to controversy. People point out reasons why they simply don’t enjoy the game: it’s too slow; the season lasts too long; it’s just not “exciting.”

I used to be a major league baseball fan. I stopped caring when the players went on strike in 1994 because they claimed they didn't make enough money. Clearly, the players don't give a damn for the fans. They only care about themselves. This steroid issue further drives a nail into to coffin of the "national pastime".
Major league Baseball should be scrapped for four years and rebuilt drug free and a cap placed on incomes. The resulting boon to remaining capital should be used to built baseball stadiums rather than trying to get the taxpayers to pay for them.


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