April 18, 2003
Did the White House "Enforcement Squad" Write Dale Petroskey's Letter to Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon?
Before reading this seventh expose on the partisan politics of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, we recommend reading the articles that preceding it.
We also encourage you to send this BuzzFlash series exposing the partisan Republican politics of the National Baseball Hall of Fame to your local sportswriters. Keep writing and calling the National Baseball Hall of Fame. They aren't planning to reschedule the "Bull Durham" celebration -- and the Board of Directors is standing by the partisan political decision of Dale Petroskey, the Hall of Fame President and GOP shill. Tell the National Baseball Hall of Fame that baseball belongs to all Americans, not just Republicans. You can find contact information at: http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/contact/email_info.htm.
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A BUZZFLASH BREAKING NEWS ANALYSIS
Seventh in a Series on the Partisan Scandal at the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Did Karl Rove craft the following statement, which the National Baseball Hall of Fame posted on its site?
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As we have speculated from the beginning, Petroskey's sudden cancellation of a "Bull Durham" festival scheduled for the end of April shows all the signs of a White House hit job on two of critics of the Iraq war: Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins. Petroskey even admitted after his "I defend the President Bush/Hail Unto Caesar" letter to Sarandon and Robbins that he never even asked either of them if they were going to mention the war at the "Bull Durham" festival. (Not that their opinions on the Iraq War should be relevant to the film festival in a democracy).
So, Petroskey compounds the evidence that he was just the water boy for another White House "hit job" by then posting a notice on the Hall of Fame website -- with the obvious approval of a Board of Directors loaded with big Republican contributors -- that "a strong possibility existed that they [Robbins and Sarandon] could have used the Hall of Fame as a backdrop for their views. Mr. Robbins and Ms. Sarandon have every right to express their opinions. But The Baseball Hall of Fame is not the proper venue for highly-charged political expressions, whatever they may be."
In posting his lamentable, pathetic "excuse" for doing the White House enforcement squad a favor, Petroskey brings partisanship and politics directly onto the National Baseball Hall of Fame website and sullies the good names of the baseball players whose honor he claims to be defending. The U.S. allegedly went to war in Iraq, the Bush administration tells us, to defend free speech and democracy. Apparently, Petroskey believes that free speech and democracy are a good thing for Iraq, but not for the United States.
Furthermore, Petroskey hides behind baseball players who honorably served in the military to try and justify his Soviet style blackballing of professional actors solely for their political opinions. He tarnishes the sacred tradition of baseball -- and the military veteran players in particular -- for the partisan purposes of defending the reputation of George W. Bush. That, to put it simply, disgraces the military valor of baseball veterans and further sullies the reputation of the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a partisan institution, willing to carry out the self-serving political interests of the Bush White House.
If you haven't read Petroskey's painfully transparent original letter notifying Sarandon and Robbins of the abrupt cancellation of the "Bull Durham" event, here it is:
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Now, who do you think wrote this "correspondence," Dale Petroskey or the White House (or the RNC)? Notice the repeated emphasis on defending the reputation of "the president," then take a guess.
Young men and women died in Iraq defending democracy. On that Dale Petroskey is right. But they died defending democracy in America, not just in Iraq.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
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National Baseball Hall of Fame Voter and Sportswriter Lectures
the Hall's President on Our Sacred American Constitution
Marvin Bush Call Dale Petroskey and Ask Him to Cancel the "Bull
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the 2000 Election, Republican Head of Baseball Hall of Fame Invited
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Ari Fleischer Lecture
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Cooperstown Muffs One
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Sort of PR Meaningless Acknowledgment
Robbins, Sarandon get Rose treatment from Hall of Fame
the lords of baseball care about Cooperstown and what it stands for,
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National Baseball Hall of Fame Welcomes Ari Fleischer
otherwise noted, all original