Saturday, January 19, 2008

Golfweek Fires its Editor Over Anti-Racism Stance...

Golfweek Fired Editor Dave Seanor over its controversial cover depicting a noose in response to the comments that got golf commentator Kelly Tilghman suspended. Tilghman has apologized for jokingly saying younger players on the PGA Tour should "lynch [Tiger] in a back alley . . . "

Apparently Golfweek was looking for an illustration for its articles on remarks made by Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman on Jan. 4 during the second round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

She and analyst Nick Faldo were discussing the prospects of young players who wanted to challenge Woods and when Faldo proposed that "to take Tiger on, maybe they should just gang up [on him] for a while," Tilghman laughingly replied, "Lynch him in a back alley."

This week Golfweek announced that editor Dave Seanor was being replaced by Jeff Babineau, as it apologized for the Jan. 19 cover.

"We apologize for creating this graphic cover that received extreme negative reaction from consumers, subscribers and advertisers across the country," said William Kupper Jr., president of Turnstile Publishing Co., the parent company of Golfweek.

"We were trying to convey the controversial issues with a strong and provocative image. It is now obvious that the overall reaction to our cover deeply offended many people. For that, we are deeply apologetic."

What’s interesting is that Dave Seanor and Golfweek used that image to highlight the inappropriateness of Tilghman’s remarks and were fired, for, in effect, “the crime of “anti-racism.”

But that’s political correctness for you!

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