A powerful five paragraph statement of “profound apology” by Tiger Woods on his website this morning (linked here) will be picked up and discussed throughout the day, so be prepared.
“Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions,” he writes.
Apology for crashing his car? Asking a neighbor to call 911? How is that a sin?
Oh, there’s more … apparently. If you read other than those who you can trust about news.
Mainstream media apparently sees this now as a chance to run with all the garbage that’s been circulate, apparently, reading between the lines and referring to other outlet reports of personal transgressions that have been alledged the last few days.
When ABCNews.com (linked here), amidst entertainment headlines that report “Cindy Crawford Admits to Botox” and “Meredith Baxter: I’m Gay,” throws up a headline that names a 24-year-old cocktail waitress who claims to have had an affair to US Weekly, how is that showing any kind of restraint?
ABC is trusting US Weekly as a news source. Wow. Look where we’ve come.
It sorta has to, right? It can justify in its news meetings — CNN is out there as well trying to keep pace with a story that has its own bullet of strength based on water cooler conversation and some sort of need to know more than the facts presented. They are credible. It must have been decided it’s OK to jump in the cesspool here.
When the story on CNN.com (linked here) says: “Tiger Woods apologizes as gossip magazine reports affair,” how is that showing any restraint or respect for his personal life when it reports things that “sources” at “other” media outlets are throwing out there?
CNN also refers to that bastion of credibility, US Weekly, and a voice message that the woman has that says:
“Hey, it’s Tiger. I need you to do me a huge favor. Can you please take your name off your phone? My wife went through my phone and may be calling you. So if you can, please take your name off that. … What do you call it? Just have it as a number on the voice mail. Just have it as your telephone number. That’s it, OK? You got to do this for me. Huge. Quickly. All right. Bye.”
The next sentence: “CNN could not independently confirm that the voice on the recording was Woods.”
Then why run the quote?
Why are we running it as well? To prove that the mainstream media here has lost its compass. Hey, we’re just as guilty. Today’s golf column by the Daily News’ Jill Painter also refers to the US Weekly story and names the woman. Apparently, it’s just too good to pass up. We must give credit to those who deserve it.
How utterly disappointing. Not just that Tiger is missing his own event in Thousand Oaks because of all this, but that he won’t personally address it aside from hiding behind another web statement.
In trying to still get our heads around this latest news, we’re watching the Dan Patrick syndicated radio show this morning (on DirecTV Channel 101) and listening to his interpretation of what’s happening and why he’s only going to report on the “sports” part of all this:
“People think we know Tiger …. We don’t know him. And Tiger wants to control everything. That’s where this is going to come back to hurt him. It already had.
“He wants to control the media. Well, in his world, he can control the (mainstream) media. This ‘other’ media that’s out there – National Enquirer, TMZ – they don’t care. They don’t want to be your friend. They’re trying to get a story so people will buy their magazine.
“I think (there’s more to the story), but what if it was something as simple as what he said? You can go about it in the right way – they waited awhile to get the story out there, and there’s some cracks in it – but he controls his world. But you can’t control this other world that’s attacked him now. And the more you try to control it, the more they’re going to go after all these other alleged mistresses, text messages, phone messages, photos and everything.”
After reading Tiger’s latest web release on his show, Patrick continued:
“What happens when you try to control a situation, that forces others to try to take that control away and what you find is that from these tabloids and websites, they want to show Tiger that they’re controlling this, not him. ‘Oh, you’re going to do this to us? We’re going after you now.’
“I don’t think it’s over. These girls are enjoying their 15 minutes of fame, someone will probably pose for Playboy, I don’t think it’s over just because of this press release by Tiger.
“With Tiger there’s a certain amount of privacy he should be awarded. The other stuff, if it affects his golfing career, then I want to know that.
“The media that covers him now is the media he never sees. He doesn’t know these people. CBS covers a golf event, he can say, ‘I want Peter Kostis to interview me.’ NBC, ‘I don’t want Jimmy Roberts to interview me.’ He can control that. He can’t say, ‘I don’t want TMZ covering me. . . . I don’t want Deadspin covering me. I don’t want SportsbyBrooks doing something on me. I don’t want the National Enquirer in my neighborhood.’ The only way he can control it, he puts out this email to say ‘Here, you got me. You happy? Now let me go back and try to mend this.'”
From Jim Rome later this morning on his syndicated radio show:
“Don’t blame the media for choices you made. Especially if you’re world-wide famous and iconic. They’ll knock you down as fast as they’ve built you up. … Don’t blame the media for reporting your transgressions. … There’s a basic right to privacy here? Not if you’re that guy. He can’t leverage this media coverage.”