Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Fox Again Pre-empts the Debates for Baseball

I'm surprised more hasn't been made of this, but Fox continues its clear policy of trying to keep as many people as possible from seeing the wretched performance of Bush and Cheney in the debates. Previously, they chose to broadcast the Minnesota Twins - Yankees game instead of the Vice Presidential debate, even though they have the power in their contract with MLB to specify the time in which the game will be played.

Tonight, they're going one step beyond. There are two playoff series on right now, Cardinals (St. Louis)- Astros and Yankees-Red Sox. The former is of great interest to voters in a swing state, Missouri, and the latter has national appeal. So what is Fox doing to maximize its "ratings" for baseball? Why, broadcasting them both at the same time. Oh, and at the same time the final Presidential debate will be going on.

At a minimum, Fox could've done its usual thing of having one game in the afternoon and the other in the evening. It certainly could've arranged for the non-critical Game 2 of the ALCS to be played a day later (there's only one game per day for the next two days).

We don't report, so you won't decide for yourself.

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