Woods Owes the Media Nothing

The media buzzards are circling their prey, which today happens to be residing in a home in Windermere, FL.

Ever since Tiger Woods crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and a neighbor’s tree early Friday morning, the media have put its speculation machine into high gear.

Instead of focusing on what we know as fact, the media instead wants to continue its irresponsible practice of throwing rumors against the wall, not to see what sticks, but to see how many eyeballs they can attract to their papers, websites, or television shows. The media assume that the public thirsts for more than what is right in front of them. The facts are boring…there must be more to the story.  So let’s speculate on what those might be.

Reporters want Woods to provide more insight into the incident immediately.  Why? Woods has always closely guarded access to his private life. He has every right to continue to do so.  It sickens me when the media feel entitled to a response from someone making news.

Woods will be asked about his recollection of the accident the next time he meets with reporters, which could come as soon as this week. As much as the media has the right to ask questions, Woods (or any other public figure) has the right not to answer them.

Woods addressed the accident for his fans via a statement on his website.  Whether they accept his explanation or not is up to them.

This story may change based on the ongoing police investigation.  Woods may also change his mind and provide more information above what has already been released. But that’s his call, whether the media dictate it or not.

Ed Sherman at Crains Chicago Business sums it up better than I…

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0 comments

  1. It comes with the territory, in my opinion. I agree with you 100% that it is being covered haphazardly by the media without facts being confirmed, but the issue is this… Tiger Woods is a pitchman for Rolex, Gillette,Nike and more..He gets these opportunities because he’s a great golfer but also and equally so because of his public ‘image’. Unfortunately when something like this happens to someone like him, there’s no such thing as private. Can’t have it both ways.

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