Who thought snafus by the golf media would grab so much attention in 2008?
The editor of Golfweek magazine said he was overwhelmed by negative reaction to the photo of a noose on the cover of this week's issue, illustrating a story about the suspension of a Golf Channel anchor for using the word "lynch" in an on-air discussion about how to beat Tiger Woods.Golfweek's cover was inappropriate and in bad taste as were Kelly Tilghman's comments about Tiger. The media that covers the sport is being put under a microscope right now. To be honest, the people who cover golf, are some of the laziest people in the MSM. I could spend a half hour detailing why I say that. Instead I'll just point to the latest example provided by Golf World's Ron Sirak.
"We knew that image would grab attention, but I didn't anticipate the enormity of it," Dave Seanor, vice president and editor of the weekly magazine, said from the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.
"There's been a huge, negative reaction," he said. "I've gotten so many e-mails. It's a little overwhelming."
Among the critics was PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, who said he found the imagery to be "outrageous and irresponsible."
"It smacks of tabloid journalism," Finchem said in a statement. "It was a naked attempt to inflame and keep alive an incident that was heading to an appropriate conclusion."
As much as I don't mind the golf media taking some long overdue lumps, I wish the focus right now was on the course.
Update- Golf Week has replaced the editor responsible for the noose cover. Is it ironic Seanor lost his job while Kelly Tilghman was only suspended?