It is easy to mistake politics for a sport. Apparently that is what the liberal sports blog Deadspin did when it published a story accusing Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO) of lying about having played football while in high school.
The Deadspin story, had it been true, could have been used against Congressman Gardner during the last days of his senatorial campaign. The Denver Post states the following:
As far as October surprises go, this one could have been a doozy: A sports blog questioned whether U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Gardner ever played high school football, as he has claimed, but photographs and interviews with townsfolk debunk the report.
Well, every cloud has a silver lining, even for Deadspin. As a website that primarily talks about sports, Deadspin has shown good sportsmanship by openly admitting that it unintentionally published a false report about Congressman Gardner and by apologizing.
Here is an excerpt from the public apology that Deadspin‘s editor gave:
But whatever the case, the most damning implication of our story, that Gardner didn’t actually play high school ball, is wrong. That’s shitty of us. As serial collectors of media fuck-ups, we add this self-portrait to the gallery. For more thorough coverage, you can read Erik Wemple over at the Post. As I told Wemple — and I sincerely meant it — given that our main source went and unsaid everything he’d said 24 hours earlier, the only thing for us to do now is to eat shit.
Sadly, good sportsmanship was missing when Breitbart writer John Nolte, in a commentary about Deadspin‘s error, decided to attack Gawker Media, Deadspin‘s owner, by snarking, “Gawker should stick to “Pictures of Lesbians.””
Sigh! Before they embark on attacks, I do wish that conservative writers would pay attention to what the Old Testament says in Proverbs 24:17-18:
“Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them.”
Plenty of conservative writers have also made false claims. So, perhaps they, too, should stick with “Pictures of Lesbians”.