The Pulse: Most say media coverage of D-backs’ retaliation has been unfair

Aug 8, 2014, 6:38 PM | Updated: 6:39 pm

Media criticism of the Arizona Diamondbacks has certainly been harsh after pitcher Randall Delgado hit Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen in the back last weekend. The pitch came in retaliation for an up-and-in fastball from Pirates pitcher Ernesto Frieri that hit Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt a day earlier.

ESPN’s Keith Olbermann went as far as to label the D-backs as his “World’s Worst” on Monday.

But has media coverage been fair to the team? We used our Sanderson Ford Poll Question of the Day to ask:

Overall, has the media been fair in its coverage of the Diamondbacks’ retaliation tactics?

We provided two answers:

• Yes, the proof is in the pudding

• No, there’s always more to the story

The response was overwhelmingly one-sided: most think media coverage has been unjustly slanted against the D-backs.

Of the 625 votes cast, 87% believed the media had been unfair in their coverage of the D-backs’ hitting of McCutchen.

Just 13% (fewer than 100 voters) said the media had assessed the situation fairly.

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