You could argue all day over whether or not the punishment for Kelly Tilghman’s lynch slip up was adequate or not. Personally, I thought it was all blown out of proportion. What I don’t understand is how anyone could think putting a noose on the cover of a magazine would be a good idea…Are you kidding me? You obviously saw the firestorm that Kelly’s statement started. How could anyone possibly think that this was a good move? And I don’t even say this because I am racially offended by the image. I just say cause…wow. Did you really expect people to react positively to this?
Golfweek has officially offered an apology, and fired those people who were brain dead enough to put a noose on the cover of their most recent issue.
ORLANDO, Fla. â€“ Jeff Babineau has been named editor of Golfweek, replacing Dave Seanor, effective immediately.
The change has been made after Golfweek ran a cover in the January 19 issue showing a noose to illustrate a controversial comment by Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman about Tiger Woods.
â€œWe apologize for creating this graphic cover that received extreme negative reaction from consumers, subscribers and advertisers across the country,â€ said William P. Kupper Jr., president of Turnstile Publishing Co., the parent company of Golfweek. â€œWe were trying to convey the controversial issue with a strong and provocative graphic image. It is now obvious that the overall reaction to our cover deeply offended many people. For that, we are deeply apologetic.â€
Golfweek devoted four pages of news and commentary on the Tilghman/Golf Channel situation. Tilghman was suspended for two weeks as a result of her comment.
Babineau, 45, has been with Golfweek for nine years, and has filled a number of roles with the magazine, including editor, deputy editor and senior writer. In his new role, he will report directly to Kupper.
â€œWe know we have a job ahead of us to re-earn the trust and confidence of many loyal readers,â€ Babineau said. â€œOur staff is very passionate about the game. Our wish is that one regretful error does not erase more than 30 years of service weâ€™ve dedicated to this industry.â€
Maybe Dave Seanor can get a job on Jon Corzine’s staff. Corzine’s plan to hike New Jersey tolls by 800% makes about as much sense to me as this cover image decision.