Kelly Tilghman: Day Five. Does Art Imitate Life and Did Jeff Rude Miss The Mark?
In an incredible sense of foreshadowing, Kelly Tilghman’s unfortunate use of the “L” word has brought about her own professional “L.” She has been tried and convicted in a kangaroo court, sentenced to two weeks probation, with the threat of greater action against her as the brouhaha escalates from spark to roaring blaze. As the woodpile grows, pundits rush to judge and continue to miss the mark in an attempt to make a statement. Consider Golfweek’s Jeff Rude:
Tongue slips are the dark side of on-air banter.
But when searching for truth, it’s usually prudent to examine intent. Tilghman and Tiger Woods are friends. They call each other. They text each other. She likes and respects him.
There was no ill intent when her loose lips used a bad verb.
As the descendant of Italian and Polish immigrants to America, I am bored by mafia references and Polish jokes. I have heard far too many of each to care to comment. This does not disqualify the tellers from offending others like me. Tilghman’s remark is not to be judged by one man alone. That Tiger Woods can forgive does not mean that all can nor should. For Jeff Rude to demand as much in Golfweek is to miss the mark, in the name of heedless, indiscreet, precipitous reporting.
One of my favorite remarks concerning media types is that an individual “has a face for radio.” Along the same line, television commentators must have a head for public commentary. I personally hope that a satisfactory resolution can take place, and that the bloodletting might cease. Sadly, I feel professionally that we’re in for another verse of Don Henley’s prescient little ditty, “Dirty Laundry.”
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I can safely say that Kelly has been falsely accused and lynched by an ignorant, angry mob.
This was the same ignorant, angry mob, that lynched the Duke lacrosse players.
The same ignorant, angry mob is now chasing Ron Paul.
Sooner or later, intelligent individuals will become tired of the social oppression, break free of their collective chains, and stand up to this mob as freemen.
Al Sharpton [an FBI informer with overly-
processed hair] should be ignored.
I too noticed Rude's comments and agree that he missed the point as many seem to. The comment was clearly a racial reference and for the Golf Channel not to "get it" and do something early on, and get Kelly out the crossfire with a genuine comment that reflected the true nature of the comment even if it was a "joke." And an appropriate punishment, like having to listen to an hour of Sharpton's voice and BS. And a month suspension.
I actually have been accepted into Mensa. Mensa, incidentally, takes no positions on any matters.