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Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Posted on: February 18, 2010 8:33 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2010 10:19 pm

The number of attendees at Tiger Woods’ controversial, coming-clean press conference on Friday morning just got even smaller.

Upset over ground rules that Woods and his handlers created for journalists who were being admitted to the session, the board of the Golf Writers Association of America voted to boycott the event, set for 11 a.m., ET, near PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

From the outset, Woods sought to keep the number of those in attendance to a handful of around 30, a number that mostly included personal and professional friends or business associates. Three international wire services were invited to cover the session, during which Woods is expected to apologize for his unseemly extra-marital behavior over the past few years.

They represent his first public comments in three months, since before the sex scandal began last Thanksgiving.

Woods is refusing to answer questions, however, and outside of the wire service contingent, had limited the number of other media outlets to three. After the GWAA haggled with his spokesman Thursday to increase that number by another 12, Woods’ camp agreed to double the total number to six.

However, given that the GWAA ultimately felt it was inappropriate for Woods to dictate terms regarding how reporters would be allowed do their jobs – namely, by refusing to field questions – the organization voted to skip the event entirely.

“I cannot stress how strongly our board felt that this should be open to all media and also for the opportunity to question Woods,” said Vartan Kupelian, president of the 950-member group.

“The position, simply put, is all or none. This is a major story of international scope. To limit the ability of journalists to attend, listen, see and question Woods goes against the grain of everything we believe.”

One GWAA board member called it “a clear protest vote.”

It won’t affect much change in the eyes of Woods, presumably, but the organization felt it needed to stand on principle.

The Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg News are the wire services invited to attend. Initially, the other trio of media invitees consisted of one writer from a newspaper, Web site and magazine.

Nineteen GWAA board members voted to boycott the event, while four voted to attend and three abstained. In all, 26 of the 27 eligible board members cast votes.

For the record, as a GWAA board member, I voted to boycott the Woods session.

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Since: Nov 26, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2010 9:49 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Elling, the way you write, you've been boycotting golf for a long time anyway. Instead of writing about actual golf you have charged forward with the brightest, hottest torch of anyone in this witch hunt. Hopefully when CBS realizes this you'll be gone. But on the bright side, with your style of writing I'm sure that The Enquirer or would scoop you right up.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2010 9:40 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Waaaaa.  Booo Hoo.

Not all the poor media can go to Tiger's coming out party. 

Then they (Elling) whine and complain about it like a bunch of two year olds who's parents didn't buy them a toy from the checkout line in Wal-mart.  Makes me think Tiger was right not to invite most of em....

P.S. Don't take this statement as support for Tiger's sleeping around on his wife, but the man doesn't owe me or the media anything.  The only people he should have to apologize to are his family for putting them through this and his sponsors for tarnishing his (and their) image.

Since: Feb 2, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2010 9:20 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

I'm not clear on why exactly the media feels entitled to knowing every last detail.  It honestly seems like they're insulted that he has chosen not to disclose everying about these affairs.  I'm sick of this stuff just like everyone else, but the fact remains its his choice what to come out and say.  If he wants to answer questions all day about this so be it (I won't watch), and if not, then he doesn't have to.  This is awfully childish behavior by the media to insist he do exactly what they want and nothing less.

This isn't even some sort of noble investigative journalism.  The only reason they want this is to make money off of it by selling the story.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2010 9:13 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Should he have to explain himself, no, its his life. Still, thats not the way it works and we all know it including him. He needs to stand up and take questions if for no other reason to get it out of the way. It will keep coming at him and unfortunantly the other tour players until he feilds a true interview or press conference. I admit he doesnt owe anything to the other players or the game of golf but he still needs to be respectful of them. The problem is hes listening to his pr people who are already making this worse by todays events. A prepared speech and inviting friends come off as pompous.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2010 8:08 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Wake up Juggernaut!!  Look in the mirror!!!

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2010 6:07 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Don't listen.  Don't pay attention.  But you will, cause you are just like the media.

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2010 6:02 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Why should he answer any questions at all??  He didn't cheat at golf.  The problem is, the people, like you, want to hold up a picture of each woman and have him tell you what he did with each one.  I'm pretty sure Jerry Springer is still on tv every day.  He is a human, he made many mistakes just like we all do at some point in our lives.  You want to hear about mine?  Didn't think so.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2010 5:47 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Is this reason alone that Tiger is making sure he invites only the media members he has a solid relationship with.  He knows nobody agree's with his decisions, but there are certain ones that will report the truth and their opinion on the truth and nothing more. And none of them will be at this press conference because Tiger Woods doesn't want that story out there. He wants fluff.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2010 3:02 am
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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2010 2:38 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

I'll agree with that JuggernautJay...he certainly needs to change much about his persona in order for people to start to look at him in a positive light again. The sad thing is that it has been the media who has built Tiger up to such a level that he had nowhere to go but down.

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