Did ESPN Just Give Cover For Biden?

As our night was winding down on March 31, 2021, we heard a blurb on the television that ESPN reporter Sage Steele would be interviewing President Joe Biden on the eve of the start of the Major League Baseball season.

These types of interviews are always fluff pieces. The interviewer offers up softballs that the President can hit out of the park. We don’t have a problem with that. It’s the start of the baseball season. Let’s play ball and keep serious political issues to the side for a bit.

Biden answered such questions on MLB teams such as the Texas Rangers allowing fans into the park without attendance restrictions.

Biden responded:

“Well, that’s a decision they made. I think it’s a mistake,” Biden said. “They should listen to Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, the scientists and the experts. But I think it’s not responsible.”

When asked about MLB players reluctance to get vaccinated, he responded with:

“I would say I’m President of the United States and I got vaccinated. I don’t have an unimportant job. Would I take the vaccine if I thought it was going to hurt me? We have done incredible research on the vaccines and they have shown that they work. We have to get to the point where enough people have taken the vaccine so we diminish the possibility for it to spread.”

Biden was then asked about the new Georgia voting laws that have people on the left losing their minds.

We transcribed this part of the interview because of Biden’s answer. Here’s the question:

SAGE STEELE: I’d like to switch gears quickly Mr. President. Sports and politics cross paths sometimes. That’s exactly what happened last week in Major League Baseball. Tony Clark is the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. He said he would quote “look forward to discussing moving the All Star game out of Atlanta because Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed into law a bill passed by the Republican led state legislature to overhall how its state elections are run. Mr. President, what do you think about the possibility that baseball decides to move their All Star game out of Atlanta because of this political issue?

And Biden’s answer:

BIDEN: I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly. I would strongly support them doing that. People look to them. They’re leaders. The very people who are victimized the most are the people who are leaders in these various sports. And it’s just not right.

Professional athletes are the most victimized?

In what world does this occur?

It is just some bizarre answer from some fantasy world.

That answer, in and of itself, is troubling, but how ESPN reported the response on the site is nothing like what Biden said.

“People look to them,” Biden said, referring to professional athletes and their outsize platforms. “They’re leaders. Look at what happened with the NBA, as well. Look what’s happened across the board. The very people who were victimized the most are the people who are the leaders in these various sports, and it’s just not right. This is Jim Crow on steroids what they’re doing in Georgia and 40 other states. What’s it all about? Imagine passing a law saying you cannot provide water or food for someone standing in line to vote. Can’t do that? Come on. Or you’re going to close the polling place at 5 o’clock when people just get off? This is all about keeping working folks that I grew up with from being able to vote.”

The ESPN site posted the interview as shown on SportsCenter, but then posted this on YouTube:

Biden’s answer in this video matches up better to what ESPN reported, but the question remains “why the two totally different videos and interviews?”

It’s almost as if ESPN went back to re-record Biden’s answer to the question. That would have allowed him to review the answers or talking points in his hand. (See image above.)

Certainly ESPN is not a hard hitting, political news network, but this is ridiculous.

We don’t expect the main stream media to do much reporting on the Biden administration – at least reporting that may cast the administration in a negative light.

Just a final note, Biden mentions the restriction in the Georgia bill that people cannot given food or water while standing in line to vote.

It sounds horrible. Why can’t people be given food and water?

The reason is a simple one. The State of Georgia allowed groups to give food and water to people in line waiting to vote, but the food and water had electioneering messages on them. In essence, you had two conflicting ideas going at each other, the first being no electioneering within a certain distance of the polls, and another rule that allowed people to be given food and water. The food and water provision was being abused to get around the no electioneering within “x” number of feet of the polling places, which is why the Georgia Legislature rightfully put the restriction in the bill.

It is amazing that Biden and people on the left screaming about that provision are essentially supporting campaigns that were breaking electioneering laws to begin with.

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