Thursday Thoughts: The Mainstream Golf Media’s Silence Speaks Volumes

Silence of the Sheep:  Golf Channel, Golf Digest, and SI/Golf remain mum about the latest Tiger Woods sex scandal.  Is it because they cover golf, not personal matters?  Yeah, right.  Check out this lovey-dovey piece last week (“Woods shows softer side ahead of difficult Players“) from Golf Channel’s Randall Mell:

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods continues to reveal a side of himself we haven’t seen.

He’s still hugging folks like PGA Tour events are more family reunions than heavyweight title bouts.

The piece is filled with such touchy-feely personal stuff, so it’s silly to suggest they are ignoring the lastest Woods scandal due to a disdain for the personal.  Mell also passes along this laugh line from Johnny Miller:

“He’s a much softer person now,” NBC analyst Johnny Miller said. “His relationships matter to him.

Sure they do, Johnny, sure they do.  Here’s a headline showing how USA Today strictly stuck to golf during Masters Week:

“15 adorable Masters photos of Tiger Woods, his kids and Lindsey Vonn”

Yup, Woods and Vonn’s relationship — that’s their business and none of ours!  Right, USA Today?  Their own adorable business. gave us an article with this in it: “glowingly positive week for Woods on a competitive (T17 after a two-month layoff, who saw that coming?) and human level (hugs all around, signing autographs for fans, taking the kids out for the Par 3 Contest)”

A photo caption from prior to the Masters:

Lindsey Vonn watches as Tiger Woods hugs his children Charlie, left and Sam during a practice round for the Masters on Tuesday

Of all the hilarious PR shilling done by the media, Golf Digest may have given us the funniest:

Well, if you want to be technical, Lindsey Vonn (Tiger Woods’ current girlfriend) and Elin Nordegren (his ex-wife) varied slightly in their description of how the golfer is raising young Sam, 7, and Charlie, 6.

Nordegren told People magazine last year that Woods is a “great father,” whereas Vonn recently stepped it up a notch and told People he was “amazing.”

Yeah, buddy, the only two words for Woods are “great” and “amazing.”  Coming from two women who think the world of him, Elin and Lindsay.  Yeah, that wonderful Tiger!  There’s more:

The public was given its best window into Woods’ — and Vonn’s — relationship with the golfer’s kids at the Masters. Woods had Sam and Charlie caddie for him in the Par-3 Contest, and the four did seem quite content.

That’s just embarrassing.  Seriously, don’t you think an outfit that writes such glowing, glorifying rhetoric owes it to the public to set the record straight when they discover they were not just wrong, but so embarrassingly wrong?

Then there are three photos with these captions:

  • Here’s Tiger appearing to ask Sam for help with a putt.
  • Here’s Lindsey snapping a quick shot of Sam with a GoPro.
  • And here’s Lindsey telling Charlie that Tiger needs to be more upright at address when putting (or something like that).

Super cutesy-wutesy!

Then you should see the comments…”Great looking FAMILY!”…  “This is the road to inner peace which will ultimately return Tiger to the Winners circle.”…”Good to see him happy, she is the best thing thats happened to him in years.”

Those responses are, of course, exactly the desired result of the propaganda Golf Digest pumps out in their continuing attempt to repair Woods’s tattered public image.  That they now completely avoid the matter of Woods cheating on Vonn is hardly surprising.  It would be like Kim Jong-il’s speechwriters admitting he didn’t really write 1500 books in three years.  Ain’t gonna happen.

Anyway, the examples are endless.  It’s quite funny to read them knowing what we now know.

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8 Responses to Thursday Thoughts: The Mainstream Golf Media’s Silence Speaks Volumes

  1. Ken says:

    I love reading your thoughts on his kids, or anyone’s kids at the Masters Par 3. I thought I was the only cynical jerk out there.

    I don’t expect that contest to be serious golf. And the players can have anyone they want caddie for them; if they can do it in the tournament, they can do it here. But they should take it more seriously. Make it worth watching.

    1. You can bring any caddie. But no kids or other family members should be inside the ropes.

    2. That caddie can’t take a shot or a putt. You’re the player, you take all the shots.

    3. Play it like it counts. No picking up your ball when you’re out of a hole. Post a score. Most of the players don’t even post a real score due to picking up. I don’t know what it was like in the past. Maybe it was never serious. I’d have had less issue with it being played like it is now before it was on TV. Now that it’s televised, it’d be better to watch if it was an actual competition.

  2. DanishDude says:

    The real reason for the breakup:–50359

    On a differnet note; Wei continues her silliness:
    View story at

    And gets a prompt response:
    View story at

    • lannyh says:

      DanishDude, this comment was sent to moderation. I couldn’t figure out why, but I finally found the reason: it has more than one link in it. That was the default; maybe I should increase it. I guess it’s there to discourage spamming advertisements. At any rate, I approved it as soon as I saw it. Did you get a message indicating why it was treated as it was?

    • lannyh says:

      By the way, thanks for posting; the rebuttal by the property attorney of Wei’s complaints was great.

      • DanishDude says:

        No, I never got a message. I suspected it might have something to do with the language in the link re. the Woods/Vonn breakup, which, admittedly, was a bit crude.

  3. WishfulThinker says:

    To me it speaks to the media realizing how much they effed up by giving his relationship so much pub. Now, it’s all crashing down and they just want to slink away, back to where the should be, covering actual golf.

    Of course that’s not the case, but I wish it were.

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