Biden draws backlash for remark about MLB star Satchel Paige

For months, conservatives have watched in disbelief as candidate-turned-President Joe Biden has said and done things that, if they’d come from former President Donald Trump, would have caused a furious firestorm of media criticism.

That happened once again Thursday when Biden appeared to utter a racially-loaded term in reference to the late baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige, Fox News reported.

According to the Associated Press, Biden said Paige “adopted the attitude of the great Negro, at the time pitcher in the Negro Leagues, went on to become a great pitcher in the pros in Major League Baseball after Jackie Robinson, his name was Satchel Paige.”

It was the first remark that Fox alleged sparked backlash.

Biden’s blunder

Biden’s latest gaffe came at the top of a speech in honor of Veterans Day during which the president highlighted and praised World War II veteran and former Ambassador Donald Blinken — father of current Secretary of State Antony Blinken — for still going strong at his advanced age of 96.

Later in his talk, Biden recounted how Paige had pitched a winning game at age 47.

“And all the press went in and said, ‘Satch is amazing. Forty-seven years old. No one’s ever, ever pitched a win at age 47. How do you feel about being 47?’” Biden said, according to Fox.

“He said, ‘Boys, that’s not how I look at it.’ And they said, ‘How do you look at it, Satch? And he said, ‘I look at it this way: How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?’” Biden added. The 79-year-old then joked: “I’m 50 years old and the ambassador is 47.”

Mainstream reporting

Fox itself drew some pushback from mainstream outlets for its coverage of the incident. In a Friday report, the AP claimed “Fox News Channel edited video of President Joe Biden on Friday to remove context from remarks that some could judge as racially insensitive.” Fox said it did so once for time constraints, but played the full remarks twice later on its network.

The AP added in its report:

While “Negro” was once a common way to refer to Black people and still appears in organization names, the terms “Black” and “African American” are more widely used today.

At nearly 80 years old, however, the chances that Biden will soon get with the times are woefully slim.

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