WashPost Sports Section Blames Bush for Roger Clemens Prosecution

The Washington Post can’t even keep the liberal politicking out of the Sports section. On Wednesday, sports columnist Sally Jenkins somehow blamed a George W. Bush speech snippet for the Roger Clemens prosecution: "The Clemens case came about because a handful of zealots who are presumably bored by their real jobs were overly empowered by former president George W. Bush’s mention of the performance-enhancing-drug issue in his 2004 State of the Union address."

On Tuesday’s Sports section, blogger Dan Steinberg mocked The Daily Caller for lauding Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper as a conservative hero, approvingly quoting hard-left hack Charles Pierce:

Q: In what sense is Bryce Harper a conservative hero?

A: Got me. That didn't stop the Daily Caller's Mark Judge - the grandson of former Senators star Joe Judge - from writing an impassioned explanation of this connection.

"The star rookie for the Washington Nationals has woken up Major League Baseball, and watching it unfold has reminded me of nothing so much as the collapse of the old political paradigms and the inevitable and upcoming rebirth of conservatism in November," Judge wrote last week. "Watching Bryce Harper play is like listening to an economic speech by Paul Ryan: It's long on reality and short on excuses."

And so on. This prompted many expressions of scorn from the Internet, none more scornful than Charles P. Pierce's rebuttal on Esquire.com.

"Mother of God, there's something fundamentally dehumanizing in dragooning someone like Bryce Harper into the service of your ideology as though he were nothing more than an action figure in your mental toybox," Pierce concluded. "To paraphrase a currently popular phrase: clown analysis, bro. Clown analysis."

Memo to Steinberg: If you want to consult someone in the act of some "fundamentally dehumanizing dragooning," please consult Charles Pierce in the act of lionizing Ted Kennedy. May we recall Pierce's rhetorical atrocity about the woman that drowned at Chappaquiddick as Kennedy swam away? "If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age...." That, Mr. Steinberg, isn't "clown analysis." It's mouth-breathing political idolatry.

On his blog Steinberg wrote "The Daily Caller on Friday published one of the most absurd combinations of words the English language could create." The Post also includes a video of their Ivan Carter denouncing Judge and Tucker Carlson for "garbage."

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis