First, watch the video, here. Then, consider these points:
Ø Diane Sawyer (yes, Diane Sawyer is actually covering this newsworthy story) asks: “How far would you go to get a foul ball?”
o Fact check: The ball came right to the couple. They barely reached for it. What, exactly, are you seeing, Diane?
Ø The announcer calling the ballgame asks: “Oh, my god! They can’t give [the ball] to the kid? That’s awful.”
o Reality check: The ball is theirs; they don’t know the kid, and it's obvious they don’t even know the kid is there.
Ø When the man takes a picture of the woman holding the ball, the announcer says: “Wow, they’re actually, like, rubbing it in the kid’s face.”
o Newsflash: The world doesn’t revolve around the crying kid. The couple is celebrating catching a ball – something every fan thinks about when going to a ballgame. Let them enjoy their incredibly overpriced tickets.
Ø The narrator of the story then says: “They aren’t the first adults to act childish with a baseball headed their way.”
o Question: What exactly did they do that was so childish? The crying child is not their problem, and good for them if they were able to enjoy the game despite the crying.
Even the headline at my beloved TaxProfBlog, where I learned about this national news story, reads: “What were these people thinking?”
Assuming this event was even newsworthy, a better caption would have been: “You can’t always get what you want.”