Why certain things go unmentioned: In this morning’s Washington Post, Sally Jenkins does something that’s rarely done.
Jenkins gets it right!
Jenkins does the unthinkable. In the course of her new column, she mentions the comical problems the NFL had when officials tried to measure the air pressure of those Patriots’ footballs.
We told you that no one would do this. Jenkins proved us wrong:
JENKINS (5/13/15): DeflateGate would be more of a ‘Gate’ if the league had proven that the balls were in fact deflated. But it hasn’t. That’s what is so peculiar about this entire deal. The Ted Wells report commissioned by the league is perfectly clear on this point: No one is sure which of two gauges were used to check the pressurization of the balls. The gauges gave significantly different readings; one read much higher than the other and showed the balls were legally inflated. The referee in charge of checking the footballs, Walt Anderson, is pretty sure he used this gauge. Yet the NFL disregarded this critical point—and the testimony of their own official. Nevertheless the NFL decided the “preponderance of the evidence” showed Brady and the Patriots manipulated the game balls. That’s how eager they are to find wrongdoing.Jenkins barely scratches the surface of the foolishness involved in this matter. Still, we were glad to see her go there.
In that passage, Jenkins seems to be saying that the Patriots’ footballs may have been under-inflated the whole darn time. Under the circumstances, there’s no way to be sure that the footballs were ever inflated to 12.5 psi.
Who knows? Maybe the Patriots deliberately set the air pressure low and the referee couldn’t tell, due to his dueling pair of gauges. In a subsequent paragraph, Jenkins notes that Aaron Rodgers said he does the same darn thing, except in the other direction:
JENKINS: Did Brady attempt to influence how much air was in the ball? Sure. Every quarterback in the league is princess-and-the-pea sensitive to the texture and grip of the ball in his hand, and asks equipment managers to inflate them to his preference. If you dock Brady four games, then you have to dock Aaron Rodgers, too. Rodgers admitted to CBS analyst Phil Simms last season that he “pushes the limit” on how much air is in the ball. Rodgers has large hands and likes an extremely hard ball. He told Simms that he tells his equipment guys to “even go over what they allow you to do and see if the officials take the air out of it.” Simms reported this on national television, and no one called it a ‘Gate’...Whatever!
The remarkable thing is the code of silence which has obtained concerning the NFL’s bungled attempts to take those air pressure readings.
The NFL’s bungled data collection was wonderfully comical. You’d think a lot of pundits would be having a lot of fun with it.
That said, we’ve seen no one but Jenkins who has even mentioned this wonderfully comical matter. In part, it looks like the fix is in. The NFL has been defined as the good guy in this new consensus scandal, and no one wants to embarrass them.
This takes us back to Christina Bellantoni’s horrible outing on Sunday’s MediaBuzz program. For background, see this morning’s report.
How odd! Bellantoni never mentioned Peter Schweizer’s journalistic shortcomings during a ten-minute segment about his book, Clinton Cash. Neither did Michael Tomasky, a leading liberal pundit.
Viewers didn’t hear a word about Schweizer’s sketchy behavior. How could such a relevant matter go wholly unremarked?
Just a guess—it’s good being Christina Bellantoni! In recent googling, we were struck by the globe-trotting she performed in connection with her recent wedding. Let’s just say that several continents were involved, aside from the one we live on.
The Bellantonis of this world are looking ahead to good lives. We’ll guess that few are willing to blow it by coloring outside the lines.
Bellantoni was absolutely horrible on MediaBuzz. For our money, Tomasky was little better, a point we’ll discuss tomorrow.
Schweizer wasn’t criticized or challenged on the program. Neither was the New York Times, the gentleman’s business partner. Meanwhile, the Times’ clownish error about that luxurious jet plane ride is going unmentioned all through the press, in much the same way that no one is citing the NFL’s problems with its air pressure gauges.
The Bellantonis have played the game this way for a good many years. Because their manners are so good, it may be hard for liberals to see what they’re actually doing.