Ok, just to give readers an idea (though many astute ones already know) of how some media outlets take their own viewpoint on situations, regardless of the reality, I present, Exhibit A.
TMZ.com has a video and short post about Beckham signing autographs after participating in a youth soccer clinic in Harlem. The post takes a dig at soccer, saying that of all the things Beckham signed, none were soccer balls.
Except that the video clearly shows Beckham signing a soccer ball, right before he takes off his shoes to give to a fan.
Paul Gardner also takes a bit of a swipe at soccer in his article, saying, "this is not soccer country, not here in Hamilton Heights". He seems to use as an example the fact that some of the autograph seekers of Beckham chant about baseball and being Dominican.
Yet as the start of the TMZ video reveals, the baseball chant only started after some reporter started to ask Beckham what it was like to come to a predominantly basketball community. Those fans looked like they were trying to correct that reporter's impression of them (No, we're Dominican, and our favorite sport is usually baseball), not randomly chanting about another sport in Beckham's face.
In both cases, I think the mistake was probably precipitated by a slight bit of an agenda.