MCCLATCHY: Throw the flag against: John McCain. Call: Unsportsmanlike conduct. What happened: “No one will delay the World Series game with an infomercial when I’m president,” the Republican presidential nominee told a crowd Tuesday in Hershey, Pa. Democratic rival Barack Obama bought the 8-8:30 p.m. slot on Fox and other major networks Wednesday night to air a campaign pitch. The first pitch of the World Series game, the resumption of rain-delayed Game 5, was set for approximately 8:37 p.m. EDT, about nine minutes later than usual. Why that’s wrong: It’s not unusual for World Series games to start after 8:30 p.m., and according to the Web site Politico, the Fox executive who’s responsible for the Obama ad purchase said the infomercial was replacing only the pre-game show. “Our first pitch for the World Series is usually around 8:30 anyway, so we didn’t push back the game. It was really just about suspending the pre-game, you know, Joe Buck,” said the account executive, Joe Coppola. “That’s all we did.” MORE
LA TIMES: Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s half-hour campaign commercial is scheduled to run tonight on all of the major television networks — except ABC. The senator from Illinois this month arranged to buy tonight’s 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. slot on CBS, NBC and Spanish-language network Univision. Fox Broadcasting joined the field after Major League Baseball agreed to delay the start time of tonight’s World Series game. Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC, however, initially balked at selling its 8 p.m. slot, saying it didn’t want to bump its regularly scheduled series, “Pushing Daisies,” even though the whimsical show has been struggling in the ratings.
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