What: Another very telling omission that downplays the unpopularity of Donald Trump.
Who: Hallowed bastion of fair and balanced reportage, Fox News.
Why we care: An incredible moment from Sunday night’s World Series game 5 went mega-viral. It was the topic on everybody’s lips early on Monday, from office kitchen encounters to the morning-show gabfests. I’m talking, of course, about when a guy in the stands got hit in the chest with a home run ball and managed not to spill his beer.
Or at least that’s what Fox News would have its viewers believe was the most notable moment from the game.
On the president’s favorite TV show, Fox & Friends, a segment devoted to Sunday night’s game somehow elided the fact that the president got roundly roasted by tens of thousands of baseball fans. Not only did the crowd boo when Trump, who was in attendance, was introduced at the top of the game, they also chanted “lock him up.” Between all the Baby Trump balloons and the occasional pointed facial expression, it’s been well documented how people in other countries tend to greet Donald Trump. It’s pretty significant, however, to see critical mass at a nonpartisan sporting event come to loud, vivid agreement on the subject here in the United States.
Not to the good folks at Fox News, though. “They were greeted with mixed reaction but they were out there smiling, waving to everybody as you can see in the crowd,” correspondent Jillian Mele reports to the Fox & Friends hosts. In a segment caught by Media Matters for America, she then goes on to show a boo-free clip of Trump’s introduction at the game, before spending nearly three minutes on the guy who got hit in the chest with a game ball.
This isn’t the first time Fox News has selectively pushed footage that props up Donald Trump after he’s been publicly diminished by a crowd. Last fall, when Trump boasted of his many presidential successes during an address to the United Nations General Assembly, the audience laughed. Fox News’s Twitter account, however, tweeted out clips of the president speaking just before and after the laughs, as though they never happened.
In an effort to preserve a more comprehensive account of how game 5 went for Donald Trump, here is a video of his face the moment he realized he was being booed.
Look how Trump’s face changes when he realizes an entire stadium is booing him pic.twitter.com/E46rzbzmbl
— Arlen Parsa (@arlenparsa) October 28, 2019