Breaking a USA Tradition Since 1910, Trump Declines First Pitch

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    Apr 04, 2017 4:47 AM GMT
    NYT: President Trump is not usually one to turn down a big crowd.

    But as 43,000 baseball fans gathered for the Washington Nationals’ season opener here on Monday, the city’s most prominent resident was occupied with official duties, declining the team’s invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

    White House officials said Mr. Trump had a scheduling conflict. On Monday afternoon, the president met with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt.

    Presidential first pitches have been around since 1910, when William Howard Taft was the first to throw one. Jimmy Carter, a well-known Atlanta Braves fan, is the only president since who has not taken part while in office.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/03/us/politics/first-pitch-baseball-trump-nationals.html?
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    Apr 04, 2017 5:13 AM GMT
    Isn't the headline misleading? The article says Jimmy Carter declined when he was president.

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    Apr 04, 2017 1:31 PM GMT
    I don't think so. But can you help me understand why you think it is misleading?
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    Apr 04, 2017 5:21 PM GMT
    The headline implies Trump broke a traditional action in place since 1910, when in fact he did not. Another way of seeing it is to reverse the order of the two phrases:
    "Trump declines first pitch, breaking a tradition since 1910".

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    Apr 04, 2017 5:57 PM GMT
    The headline is "Breaking a USA Tradition Since 1910, Trump Denies First Pitch".

    It is a fact that there is a tradition since 1910 for a President to lob a first pitch.

    It is a fact that Trump denies the first pitch.

    Since Trump denies the first pitch, he breaks tradition.

    Thus, there is nothing misleading about that.
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    Apr 04, 2017 9:39 PM GMT
    I beg to differ. The headline implies that the tradition was unbroken since 1910, which is not true. In fact President Obama himself apparently skipped the Opening Day pitch in his first year!
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    Apr 04, 2017 10:07 PM GMT
    I think you have misled yourself.