Accuracy in Media

MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle took the opportunity to turn a discussion of Tuesday night’s All-Star game into a mini political commentary on what’s happening in Washington.

Morning Joe host Willie Geist asked Barnicle what he thought of the All-Star game, which was played in the nation’s capital for the first time since 1969.

Barnicle inaccurately said that the All-Star game used to be called the Midsummer Spectacle–it has and  still is called the Midsummer Classic, lamenting how late the game ended–The American League beat the National League 8-6 in ten innings and set a new record for most combined home runs in a game which didn’t seem to disappoint the fans in attendance.

“Morning Joe” fill-in host then asked Barnicle what he thought would happen in the second half of the season given the tight race in the AL East between arch rivals the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

“My God, Willie, we have never needed baseball more,” Barnicle said. “We need it to take our minds off the daily developments in Washington, the scandalous developments in Washington from the Oval Office. We need baseball. We need to be in the thick of a pennant race, Red Sox-Yankees, from now until maybe Columbus Day.”

Barnicle didn’t elaborate on what scandalous developments he was talking about, but he has made it clear in the past that he has a disdain for Trump, making the following comment as he watched the president board a flight to Puerto Rico last fall.

“Watching the President of the United States just then, I was reminded again, as I am reminded nearly daily now, he exhausts me.  I’m tired of seeing him. I’m tired of hearing him. I’m tired of wondering if he knows what he’s saying or what he’s doing.”

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