The Daily Beast set out this weekend to expose the former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera as a right-wing maniac. Like most of those who play against Mariano, the beast swings and misses.
"You're special to me," said the former ballplayer, who did not speak English in 1990 when he left his hometown of Panama, in front of some 50,000 spectators Sunday when he was officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Thank you for your help, Latin American fans, thank you, thank you for loving me, I am so humble and blessed to receive this incredible honor, God bless you all. "
The same day published the Daily Beast A great hit with the original title "Inside Baseball Hall by Mariano Rivera's Secret Right-Wing Politics" "The Yankees legend, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, has managed to hide his political leanings for decades. The site's editors also removed the original artwork from the article, which showed a picture of Rivera standing on a hill that looked like a yarmulke amidst the Israeli flag.
Das The funniest thing about the article is the fact that there is nothing that supports its most alarming claims, according to its own story coverage Senior journalist Robert Silverman, originally wrote that Rivera had "served in the enjoyment of a racist president, participated in veiled propaganda on behalf of an apartheid government in Israel, and made friends with downright bigots and apocalyptic sighs." 19659002] The article was disguised to remove the word "apartheid" from its reference to the Israeli government. In its place now stands the term "far right". Silverman adds, "None of this will be added to his Hall of Fame badge. It should, even if a large part of the sports world would like to pretend that there is none of it. "
Let's take them one by one.
With "a racist president at his service," Silverman says, "Rivera was nominated for the Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition presidency, and a month later, Rivera appeared in the White House to take a friendly photo and in March He was part of the delegation that was dispatched to the opening of the Special Olympics. "
The freelancer adds," Rivera also participated in a 2017 briefing on the opioid crisis (in which he never uttered more than a sentence or two a few chuckles as the President lovingly remembered his taped fastball.) He was praised by the President whenever the opportunity presented itself and Ivanka stepped in. Last year, Rivera hosted one with Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle last August costly fundraiser for the America First PAC, which cost $ 50,000 per pair. "
In a barely concealed propaganda for a right Silverman's extreme government in Israel simply means that Rivera is pro-Israel and is committed to Israel, including visiting an Israeli military facility in 2018, which in and of itself is a terrible thing because Israel is an "apartheid" state (Silverman's original Words, not mine).
When Silverman writes that Rivera is "friends with downright bigots and apocalyptic idiots," he says the former ballplayer who once spoke as an outspoken evangelical Christian The same conference as Pastor John Hagee, whom Rivera says motivated him, To support Israel more actively. Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton spoke at the same event.
In other words, the story is a big nothing, enveloped by a thick list of allusions and guilt.
If there is not a word to describe the phenomenon of a newsroom where the publication of a supposedly harmful report coincides with the proudest moment of a public figure, there should be one. Because that's one thing we do now.