Hypocritical Media Should Stop Swinging at Woods

Tiger's attackers in the press just angry he won't play their game
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2009 6:18 AM CST
Hypocritical Media Should Stop Swinging at Woods
Tiger Woods appears with his wife, Elin, in photographs on the cover of People and Us weekly magazines displayed on a newsstand in New York, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(Newser) – The sanctimonious media frenzy surrounding Tiger Woods' "transgressions" smells pretty hypocritical to Jason Whitlock. The tabloids can be excused because they're just doing their job, Whitlock writes at Fox, but writers at outlets like ESPN and the Washington Post are "pretending Tiger has committed some crime against humanity and/or exposed himself as a fraud"—when all he's done is not show enough deference to the mainstream media.

Journalists like sports writer Charlie Pierce expect a huge level of transparency from Woods, while pretending they don't have their own axes to grind, writes Whitlock, and are lining up to take shots at the golfer for trying to protect his privacy. "This whole affair highlights why the mainstream media have lost the public's trust," Whitlock writes. "We don't deserve it." (Read more Tiger Woods stories.)

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