For those who believe there's nothing more American than baseball and inclined to be suspicious of Barack Obama, this might be more grist for the he-isn't-patriotic-enough mill.
Several media outlets are reporting tonight that Fox and Major League Baseball have agreed to delay the start of Game 6 of the World Series so that Fox can join CBS and NBC in airing an unusual half-hour ad for Obama on Oct. 29, six days before the election.
Republicans immediately tried to put that spin on it. "It's unfortunate that the World Series' first pitch is being delayed for Obama's political pitch. Not only is Obama putting politics before principle, he's putting it before our national pastime," Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant said in a statement.
The start time of the game will be pushed back from 8:20 p.m to 8:38 p.m. -- eight minutes after Obama's commercial. Of course, one team might have won the Fall Classic in four or five games, making the sixth game -- and the issue -- moot.
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