Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fox's Opening to World Series


I thought the opening to last night's World Series on Fox was pretty good. I'm not sold on the mix of politics with sports (Sens. Obama and McCain alternated reading historical quotes about baseball's significance), but I thought it was well done. Some of the "morning after" comments in the blogosphere got me thinking.

Neil Best of Newsday notes the Series is a between two "swing states"; Awful Announcing got goosebumps.

What struck me was the intentional (or unintentional) attempt by Fox to equate today's economic/political situation in the United States to some of the most significant points in our nation's history - the Civil War, the Depression, Pearl Harbor, MLK's march on Washington, and 9-11.

Will we look back on the current situation 20 years from now and rank it along with the ones Fox did? Given the real or perceived political orientation of Fox News, was Fox Sports (or more correctly, News Corp.) setting an agenda with this?

What does anyone else think about this confluence of sport, politics and media?

2 Comments:

Blogger Sean Smith said...

In case you haven't already heard, you might be interested to learn that Barack Obama has also purchased ads in EA Sports games to support his campaign.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Steve Dittmore, PhD said...

Thanks, Sean... I did not know this. Is nowhere sacred any more?

2:25 PM  

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