So Tiger Woods is finally talking to the press. I don't get invited to the press conferences at Augusta National (imagine that), but if I were there, I'd have tried to ask exactly one question:
Mr Woods: Can you explain why your personal life is any business of anyone in this room -- and if you can't, then why don't you stop answering questions about it?
Seriously: I'm tired of it. The guy has sex with people to whom he wasn't married. His wife got pissed about it. Is that not the story of millions of couples all over the world? Just shut up and ask him about his practice rounds, or his new swing, or why Augusta still doesn't have any women members.
The cover story in the American Journalism Review this month is called "Lost in the Woods: Sinking standards, the Media and Tiger Woods." It's by Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi. AJR is pretty stodgy for my taste most of the time, but Farhi has it right:
For all its lurid aspects, the Woods scandal may have constituted a watershed in American journalism: A major news story in which many "respectable" news outlets ditched traditional newsgathering methods and standards of fair play and piggybacked on aggressive but not always accurate tabloid reporting. The distinction between "mainstream" and "tabloid" may never have been so blurred as it was in the whirlwind of reporting on Woods.
I don't fucking care who Tiger fucked. As John Madden might say, just let the guy play the game.