On Tuesday, all three network morning shows eagerly announced Major League Baseball moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver, supposedly in an attempt to punish Georgia for its overly-restrictive voting laws. However, the Democratic Party shills in the press were so busy taking a victory lap that they failed to notice that the voting laws in Colorado are remarkably similar to those in Georgia, in some cases even stricter.
“We have breaking news overnight in the fight over the new voting law in Georgia. Baseball’s All-Star Game will reportedly be held at Denver’s Coors Field, that is the home of the Colorado Rockies, after the League pulled out of Atlanta,” co-host Tony Dokoupil excitedly proclaimed on CBS This Morning.
In the report that followed, correspondent Ed O’Keefe even actively tried to deceive viewers as he hailed Colorado’s election regulations: “...the League has said it opposes restrictions at the ballot box. And in terms of access, Colorado is one of the easiest states to vote in, it sends mail-in ballots to every voter in the state. With a 95% return rate, the state had the highest – second highest turnout in the presidential election.”
What he hid from the audience was that fact that Colorado has fewer days of early voting (15) than Georgia’s (17). The reporter also skipped over the detail that Colorado requires a photo ID for in-person voting and signature verification for mail-in ballots. It also prevents campaign workers, wearing campaign apparel, from handing out food or water within 100 feet of a polling place. The reality that Colorado is a far less racially diverse state, with fewer black-owned businesses that would benefit from the All-Star Game being held there, was also conveniently left out of the reporting.
“Major League Baseball is moving this year’s All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver....And the decision comes just days after the League pulled the game from Atlanta over objections to Georgia’s controversial new voting laws,” co-host Craig Melvin declared on NBC’s Today show.
Meanwhile, on ABC’s Good Morning America, co-host Amy Robach similarly reported: “And then baseball’s All-Star Game finding a new home after it was pulled from Atlanta over Georgia’s new voting law. The Midsummer Classic will now be played at Denver’s Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.”
CBS provided 1 minute 26 seconds to MLB’s decision, while NBC only managed 19 seconds and ABC offered just 13 seconds. While the liberal media have been obsessed with attacking Georgia’s new voting laws for over a week, suddenly they couldn’t find the air time to compare those laws to Colorado’s. All that mattered was declaring a win for left-wing activists.
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Here is a full transcript of the April 6 segment on CBS This Morning:
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TONY DOKOUPIL: We have breaking news overnight in the fight over the new voting law in Georgia. Baseball’s All-Star Game will reportedly be held at Denver’s Coors Field, that is the home of the Colorado Rockies, after the League pulled out of Atlanta. Ed O’Keefe is following this from Washington. Ed is both a baseball fan and he knows politics, so good morning to you. What’s behind the decision?
ED O’KEEFE: Well, good morning, Tony, we’re waiting for a formal announcement from MLB today, but the League has said it opposes restrictions at the ballot box. And in terms of access, Colorado is one of the easiest states to vote in, it sends mail-in ballots to every voter in the state. With a 95% return rate, the state had the highest – second highest turnout in the presidential election.
While Georgia’s law does expand access to early voting statewide, it shrinks the window for sending absentee ballots, limits the number of ballot drop boxes, and gives more control of elections to Georgia’s lawmakers, who are majority Republican. And a number of corporations are joining Major League Baseball in condemning Georgia’s new law, including American Airlines and two Atlanta-based companies, Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola.
That’s led some Republicans to call for boycotts of those companies and MLB. And in a sign of the growing rift between Republicans and big companies, on Monday, even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urged corporations to, quote, “stay out of politics.” And that they could face unspecified, quote, “serious consequences,” if they keep engaging in these kinds of fights, Anthony.
ANTHONY MASON: Ed O’Keefe, a Washington Nationals fan, which we will not hold against him. Thank you, Ed.