Donald Trump Channels David Ortiz beats the Media shift

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Donald Trump Channels David Ortiz beats the Media shift

Keep your eye clear, and hit ‘em where they ain’t

Willie Keeler

Four Years and six months ago I was in NH for a NRO event along with a lot of other blog­gers and reporters after all of us watched one of the GOP pri­mary debates that was notable for George Stephanopou­los sud­denly ask­ing Mitt Rom­ney a ques­tion about con­tra­cep­tion that had every­one, includ­ing Rom­ney scratch­ing their heads. It had not been an issue in the cam­paign nor in the coun­try or years and while Roman Catholics will tell you arti­fi­cial con­tra­cep­tion is a sin to my knowl­edge Mor­mons have no prob­lem with it.

That night every­one was talk­ing about how weird the ques­tion but a few days later things became clear as the entire media jumped on this as an impor­tant issue.

You see many things were going badly in the econ­omy, in for­eign affairs and the folly of Oba­macare were just start­ing to become appar­ent, the Democ­rats needed a dis­trac­tion to pro­tect the pres­i­dent so they piv­oted bring­ing out an issue that had been set­tled for years to change the sub­mit and hit repub­li­cans at the same time.

It’s sort of like the tac­tic used against Ted Williams in the 40’s called the Williams Shift repo­si­tion­ing play­ers com­pletely to change the dynamic of his hitting.

tedwilliamsshiftIt the same tac­tic used against David Ortiz today in an attempt to make those hits come with a lit­tle more difficulty.

While both Williams and Ortiz had occa­sional fail­ures against the shift, in the end their skill lev­els were/​are so supe­rior that the shift could not stop them from hit­ting through it and as both demon­strated reg­u­larly if the ball is off the wall or out of the park no amount of shift­ing is going to make any difference.

Alas for the GOP Mitt Rom­ney was no Ted Williams or David Ortiz. Rom­ney being Rom­ney and the GOP being the GOP, they fell hook line and sinker for this non­sense hit­ting directly into the shift and giv­ing the media exactly what they wanted. It was one of a series of fool­ish and timid moves that turned what should have been a very easy elec­tion for the GOP into the dis­as­ter that the next four years of Barack Obama became.

Fast for­ward to 2016. Hillary Clin­ton has had the worst week in the his­tory of his­tory, the attempt to por­tray health ques­tions as a con­spir­acy the­ory have failed. Leak after leak makes her look bad. The polls have gone south, Trump has bested her in a tele­vised forum and thanks to his new cam­paign team has not only avoided mis­takes but got­ten pos­i­tive press and cul­tural cov­er­age that even play­ing the David Duke card has not been able to counter and if that’s not bad enough ISIS con­tin­ues to advance, the refugee cri­sis con­tin­ues to fes­ter and Oba­macare exchanges are drop­ping like flies What does one do if you are the palace guard for Democ­rats main­stream media?

Why you play the “shift” card and trot out birtherism.

The fact that Barack Obama has barely four months in office and that it’s an issue that nobody cares about doesn’t mat­ter. The media needs to change the sub­ject so sud­denly the entire press corps decides there is no big­ger issue to set­tle and they will not stop ask­ing about it until Trump sat­is­fies them.

In other words the shift is on and they are dar­ing Trump to hit it over or through them count­ing on the fact that despite his media skills he is not enough of a Ted Williams or David Ortiz to suc­cess­fully hit through the shift.

But while it’s true that Don­ald Trump is no Williams or Ortiz, he’s also no Mitt Rom­ney and his new cam­paign team of Breitbart’s Stephen Ban­non and Kelly Con­way are not the nor­mal GOP con­sul­tants advis­ing him to hit into the shift and take their chances.

Instead Trump announced a press con­fer­ence to address the issue, the MSM rushed to cover it live (some­thing that they have been a lot less enthu­si­as­tic to do since he became the nom­i­nee) ready to take his state­ment and pound him with ques­tion after ques­tion, fur­ther­more as he was appar­ently “run­ning late” they con­tin­ued to pro­mote the event to ensure the max­i­mum view­er­ship when he did make his statement…

…and then this happened

The media found them­selves giv­ing their audi­ence 20 min­utes of mil­i­tary heroes endors­ing Trump on live TV before he finally came on Cam­era to say

“Hillary Clin­ton and her cam­paign of 2008 started the birther con­tro­versy. I fin­ished it.”

Not only did Trump get the media to cover his endorse­ments but he got them to cover live his pro­nounce­ment that “birtherism” was a con­struct of the Hillary Clin­ton cam­paign. (a State­ment spin not with­stand­ing backed up by on CNN by a Clin­ton cam­paign man­ager but by a respected vet­eran jour­nal­ist for­mer McClatchy Wash­ing­ton Bureau Chief James Asher.

A story repeated on the McClatchy site yesterday

“Dur­ing the 2008 Demo­c­ra­tic pri­mary, Sid Blu­men­thal vis­ited the Wash­ing­ton Bureau of McClatchy Co.,” Asher said in an email Fri­day to McClatchy, not­ing that he was at the time the inves­tiga­tive edi­tor and in charge of Africa coverage.

“Dur­ing that meet­ing, Mr. Blu­men­thal and I met together in my office and he strongly urged me to inves­ti­gate the exact place of Pres­i­dent Obama’s birth, which he sug­gested was in Kenya. We assigned a reporter to go to Kenya, and that reporter deter­mined that the alle­ga­tion was false.

“At the time of Mr. Blumenthal’s con­ver­sa­tion with me, there had been a few news arti­cles pub­lished in var­i­ous out­lets report­ing on rumors about Obama’s birth­place. While Mr. Blu­men­thal offered no con­crete proof of Obama’s Kenyan birth, I felt that, as jour­nal­ists, we had a respon­si­bil­ity to deter­mine whether or not those rumors were true. They were not.”

Blu­men­thal, who worked in the White House with Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and later was employed by the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion, could not be reached Fri­day but said in an email to The Boston Globe, “This is false. Period.”

In other words the Trump cam­paign instead of hit­ting into the shift as he might have been inclined under the old man­age­ment team, poked the ball into the empty left field for an easy double.

The fit this gave the entire MSM was epic which comes from a sin­gle miscalculation.

You don’t have to be a David Ortiz or a Ted Williams to beat the shift, you just have to be good enough to go the other way and hit the ball where they ain’t.

And Trump is.

Update: Don Surber adds a bit of Irony:

For a decade, the city wanted the grand post office turned into a hotel. Trump did it. Today was the open­ing of the hotel. That was the rea­son for the event — not to dis­cuss birtherism, which was the Clin­ton Camp’s topic of the day.


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Keep your eye clear, and hit ’em where they ain’t

Willie Keeler

Four Years and six months ago I was in NH for a NRO event along with a lot of other bloggers and reporters after all of us watched one of the GOP primary debates that was notable for George Stephanopoulos suddenly asking Mitt Romney a question about contraception that had everyone, including Romney scratching their heads. It had not been an issue in the campaign nor in the country or years and while Roman Catholics will tell you artificial contraception is a sin to my knowledge Mormons have no problem with it.

That night everyone was talking about how weird the question but a few days later things became clear as the entire media jumped on this as an important issue.

You see many things were going badly in the economy, in foreign affairs and the folly of Obamacare were just starting to become apparent, the Democrats needed a distraction to protect the president so they pivoted bringing out an issue that had been settled for years to change the submit and hit republicans at the same time.

It’s sort of like the tactic used against Ted Williams in the 40’s called the Williams Shift repositioning players completely to change the dynamic of his hitting.

tedwilliamsshift It the same tactic used against David Ortiz today in an attempt to make those hits come with a little more difficulty.

While both Williams and Ortiz had occasional failures against the shift, in the end their skill levels were/are so superior that the shift could not stop them from hitting through it and as both demonstrated regularly if the ball is off the wall or out of the park no amount of shifting is going to make any difference.

Alas for the GOP Mitt Romney was no Ted Williams or David Ortiz. Romney being Romney and the GOP being the GOP, they fell hook line and sinker for this nonsense hitting directly into the shift and giving the media exactly what they wanted. It was one of a series of foolish and timid moves that turned what should have been a very easy election for the GOP into the disaster that the next four years of Barack Obama became.

Fast forward to 2016. Hillary Clinton has had the worst week in the history of history, the attempt to portray health questions as a conspiracy theory have failed. Leak after leak makes her look bad. The polls have gone south, Trump has bested her in a televised forum and thanks to his new campaign team has not only avoided mistakes but gotten positive press and cultural coverage that even playing the David Duke card has not been able to counter and if that’s not bad enough ISIS continues to advance, the refugee crisis continues to fester and Obamacare exchanges are dropping like flies What does one do if you are the palace guard for Democrats mainstream media?

Why you play the “shift” card and trot out birtherism.

The fact that Barack Obama has barely four months in office and that it’s an issue that nobody cares about doesn’t matter. The media needs to change the subject so suddenly the entire press corps decides there is no bigger issue to settle and they will not stop asking about it until Trump satisfies them.

In other words the shift is on and they are daring Trump to hit it over or through them counting on the fact that despite his media skills he is not enough of a Ted Williams or David Ortiz to successfully hit through the shift.

But while it’s true that Donald Trump is no Williams or Ortiz, he’s also no Mitt Romney and his new campaign team of Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon and Kelly Conway are not the normal GOP consultants advising him to hit into the shift and take their chances.

Instead Trump announced a press conference to address the issue, the MSM rushed to cover it live (something that they have been a lot less enthusiastic to do since he became the nominee) ready to take his statement and pound him with question after question, furthermore as he was apparently “running late” they continued to promote the event to ensure the maximum viewership when he did make his statement…

…and then this happened

The media found themselves giving their audience 20 minutes of military heroes endorsing Trump on live TV before he finally came on Camera to say

“Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it.”

Not only did Trump get the media to cover his endorsements but he got them to cover live his pronouncement that “birtherism” was a construct of the Hillary Clinton campaign. (a Statement spin not withstanding backed up by on CNN by a Clinton campaign manager but by a respected veteran journalist former McClatchy Washington Bureau Chief James Asher.

A story repeated on the McClatchy site yesterday

“During the 2008 Democratic primary, Sid Blumenthal visited the Washington Bureau of McClatchy Co.,” Asher said in an email Friday to McClatchy, noting that he was at the time the investigative editor and in charge of Africa coverage.

“During that meeting, Mr. Blumenthal and I met together in my office and he strongly urged me to investigate the exact place of President Obama’s birth, which he suggested was in Kenya. We assigned a reporter to go to Kenya, and that reporter determined that the allegation was false.

“At the time of Mr. Blumenthal’s conversation with me, there had been a few news articles published in various outlets reporting on rumors about Obama’s birthplace. While Mr. Blumenthal offered no concrete proof of Obama’s Kenyan birth, I felt that, as journalists, we had a responsibility to determine whether or not those rumors were true. They were not.”

Blumenthal, who worked in the White House with President Bill Clinton and later was employed by the Clinton Foundation, could not be reached Friday but said in an email to The Boston Globe, “This is false. Period.”

In other words the Trump campaign instead of hitting into the shift as he might have been inclined under the old management team, poked the ball into the empty left field for an easy double.

The fit this gave the entire MSM was epic which comes from a single miscalculation.

You don’t have to be a David Ortiz or a Ted Williams to beat the shift, you just have to be good enough to go the other way and hit the ball where they ain’t.

And Trump is.

Update: Don Surber adds a bit of Irony:

For a decade, the city wanted the grand post office turned into a hotel. Trump did it. Today was the opening of the hotel. That was the reason for the event — not to discuss birtherism, which was the Clinton Camp’s topic of the day.


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