Even Before Nobel, CBS Awed By Obama -- for Blocking Basketball Shot

Hours before the Nobel committee awarded its “Peace Prize” to President Barack Obama, the CBS Evening News found another “achievement” to tout: A White House-released photo of Obama blocking a basketball shot. With the picture on screen, fill-in anchor Maggie Rodriquez explained how it shows Obama impressively “blocking a shot by his aide, Reggie Love, who is younger, taller, and by the way, a former ball player at Duke.” Rodriquez added: “It now hangs in the West Wing so the President can savor the moment every time he passes by.” From Thursday night:

The White House gave us a look today at a picture of the President during his down time. We hear he's pretty proud of this picture. It shows him playing basketball recently and blocking a shot by his aide, Reggie Love, who is younger, taller, and by the way, a former ball player at Duke. Now at the President's request, Love autographed it, writing, quote: “Nice block.” It now hangs in the West Wing so the President can savor the moment every time he passes by.

This wasn't the first time the CBS Evening News has oozed over Obama's basketball prowess. The NewsBusters item, “Day 1 of Obama's Magical Media Tour: All Air from Outside the Paint!” recounted how in 2008 CBS (along with ABC and CNN) were awed by video of Obama making a basketball shot at a gym with troops in Kuwait.

Forrest Sawyer, anchoring the CBS Evening News on Saturday night July 19, highlighted how Obama “sank a shot from way outside the paint.” Sawyer announced over matching video:

Now, before Afghanistan Senator Obama stopped off in Kuwait to talk to the troops there. You remember all that grief Obama got for being a terrible bowler? Well, at a local gym someone handed him a basketball and he promptly sank a shot from way outside the paint. He made it look easy. You just have to pick the game.
Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center