Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tim Finchem and I Agree On Something

He is equally as outraged as I am and many appear to be about the cover of Golfweek this week.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said Wednesday that it was an attempt to "inflame" an incident that was moving out of the public eye.

"Clearly, what Kelly said was inappropriate and unfortunate, and she obviously regrets her choice of words," Finchem said. "But we consider Golfweek's imagery of a swinging noose on its cover to be outrageous and irresponsible. It smacks of tabloid journalism. It was a naked attempt to inflame and keep alive an incident that was heading to an appropriate conclusion."

When the stars (used very loosely) align like this, you know that the opinion is probably true. Even further proof that Finchy and I are on the right side of this is that Golfweek Senior Editor Dave Seanor felt compelled to proactively explain the situation.

Seanor contacted Barbara Ciara, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, to explain the magazine's intent.

Ciara said she accepts Seanor's explanation but she wants to read the content of the articles before drawing a conclusion.

That's like a little boy running to his mother to explain why he punched another little boy square in the nose on the playground and now he is bleeding.

What is most interesting to me is Seanor (who deserves credit for not losing it on his colleagues in the media for their harassment) acknowledged that he had another option for the cover.
Seanor said there was significant internal debate about art for the project. "If you're going to do this story on the cover," he said, "you don't have many choices. It's Kelly Tilghman's face or a noose."
So how did the noose win that debate?!

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