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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: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2010 12:46 am

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Thanks for the laugh Coltsfan. First you say the media is self-serving and then you say that Woods hands picks those who he has a relationship with and will tell the truth. And that's not self-serving? Nice spin job. You may have a future in what did you call it, "shitty journalism." Bottom line is that Woods is calling the press conference because he wants to get his message out and his sponsors back. If he just wanted to just play golf he would do just that. He wants more - he wants it all back. Good for him. It's the American way.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 11:59 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

these golf writers did not make one BILLION dollars from endorsements over a squeaky clean image. Therefore, since they are not profiting from the image, thier personal lives are not in play the way it is for Woods.  If Woods does not want scrutiny, do not take the endorsements.

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 11:37 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Does the public eye even care if the GWAA boycotts the much needed, coming-clean press conference? The GWAA is right there beside TMZ and the rest of the media fools at the bottom of the media scrum to which we don't even care about. All we want is TIGER, one camera, and a microphone. He doesn't need to answer any questions, he just needs to explain himself as much as he can.

Does the GWAA want a collective pat on the back? Maybe a hero biscuit?

The GWAA exists because of Tiger Woods. The PGA Tour needs Tiger Woods. The GWAA need Tiger Woods. Who else will you talk about? Ohh yeah, maybe there's Bill Murray, and Carson Daly at Pebble Beach!

One GWAA board member called it "a clear protest vote." Ohh Does ANYONE in the public eye care? Can anyone in this world tell you what GWAA stands for or even name one member?

For the record, go ahead, BOYCOTT AWAY, because at 11AM eastern time tomorrow, you will be watching TV like the rest of us.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 11:36 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

The media is self-serving. They serve what makes them look good, and really never actually care to report the truth. If the truth isn't as exciting as what it could be, they'll write anything to spice it up.  Some call this reporting. I call it shitty reporting. 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. No lies. No fluff. He doesn't need the media to create more drama for him, his family, and his fellow golfers.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 11:12 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Wow, newsflash!  Self-serving media is writing a story about Tiger Woods to let us know that they won't be writing a story about Tiger Woods!  What's next, a story about the story about not writing the story??  This is journalism?

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:55 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Wait a minute here. Let's ask ourselves this question:

'How would I feel if every mistake I made was poked and analyzed by everyone?'

I without a doubt don't agree with his mistakes, but they are his mistakes. They effected his family and his fellow golfers.  However, let's not forget that he is human and makes mistakes just like you and I.  The last thing he, his family, or even his fellow golfers need, is more media that has only the interest in taking what they hear and making it into what they want it to be, to create a story that really only creates MORE deceitful unneeded drama.  Let's do what we hope the people in our own lives would do for us, and that's extend grace, and hope and pray that he continues to learn from his awful path that he took himself down, and hope that on the other side of that path is redemption, reconciliation, and forgiveness.

But let's not forget as by-standers, we aren't owed anything at all in this life.  We're lucky just to have an opportunity to live the lives that we live. 

Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:53 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

You people are missing the point.

Regardless of whether or not it is HIS personal life, it is now his responsibility to answer to his fans and the people who made him what he is... Someone on here said he didn't ask to be a role model... are you KIDDING me? Clearly, you know nothing of the facade that is Tiger Woods.

He knows he owes an answer, which is why he is doing it in the first place. So why not get it done and over with? He is dragging this out... very poor PR on his part, and it will follow him around for the next two years until he stops being an arrogant jerk and answers all of the questions.

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:39 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

I agree, personally, what Tiger does in his personal life is no one's business.  Unfortunately, it has become public and there are people who feel a need to grill him concerning his actions. 

My point is for him to take the good with the bad.  His life prior to Thanksgiving 2009 was all roses, love and championships.  Since then, his entire persona has been questioned.  It's how he re-creates himself when things are at their worst that will determine how the world sees him in the future. 

I don't think he's been man enough, or maybe a better way to say it is he hasn't worked hard enough up to this point, to fight for his legacy. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:36 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

Good job, media.

Way to stick it to Eldrick Woods. The hell with him.

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2010 10:21 pm

Golf writers to boycott Woods speech

So what!! You guys are upset because he's controlling the news conference, I'd do the same if your going to be asking stupid a$$ questions like 
Can you confirm how many women you actually slept with and how many got away!
Are you upset that some of your sponsors abandoned you and have asked you to return the ridicules money you were paid. 
About the accident, can you provide "more details" if your injuries were sustained by the car crash or by your wife who took several swings at you with a club. It's been reported that it was actually your mother who clobbered your face that night. Can you set the story straight!!
Can you provide us "more details" about the event leading up to that famous night of the accident or at least confirm that Rachel actually was in your backyard that early morning, it was reported by TMZ that Rachel was actually trying to sneak in through the rear French doors of your patio that morning. 
Can you provide us with details of what your treatment was like at the rehab center. It was reported once again by our distinguished journalist brothers at TMZ that you were paired up with another LPGA golfer who was also suffering from the same sex addiction symptoms. 
It's been reported by several news agencies such as CNN, ESPN, FOX, that Elin has not been wearing her wedding ring. Can you explain if she plans on wearing it again because just seems like if your still married then she should be wearing it, unless you guys are legally separated, not sure what the laws are in Florida. Do you agree!
Can you tell us how long you are, I mean how long these transgression episodes have been going on. It's been reported that you also engaged in this behavior while attending school at Stanford. Do wish to text I mean comment!!
Have you talked to Jesper Parnivek since the car accident. He's extremely upset as is Charles Barkley, Mark O'Meara, Barack Obama, and countless others. What's your plan as you move forward to address all these people, there are countless lives destroyed by your inexplicable behavio

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