Tigers Woods Draws Cheers, Jeers
Some see heartfelt emotion, others too much acting
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2010 12:15 PM CST
Tiger Woods pauses during a news conference Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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(Newser) – Tiger Woods is getting a mixed reaction after today's mea culpa:

  • Brian Donovan, True/Slant: "The 'Elin never hit me' moment was somewhat unexpected, and the painstaking overly rehearsed head nod followed by 'Elin deserves praise, not blame' was an awkward majesty. But overall, this was obviously a heavily scripted affair. And deep down, do any of us really care?"
  • Too long, celebrity crisis manager Michael Sitrick tells TMZ. "There were good points in the speech but you had to wade through so much to pick them out."

  • Howard Kurtz, Washington Post: "However practiced it may have been, Tiger seemed highly emotional in seeking the public's forgiveness. If only he had done this a couple of months ago, instead of hiding from the cameras."
  • ABC's George Stephanopoulos called it "one of the most remarkable public apologies ever by a public figure," notes the Daily News.