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.
PGA.com 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 Golf.com 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).
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.