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September 21, 2009

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Tired of the media teeing off on Tiger

In my opinion, television is the gasoline that fuels pop culture. It is dumbing down via the ionosphere.

Cultural pollution is transmitted by screaming commentary and obnoxious hosts who love to air their opinions, creating the equivalent of a media Twinkie. Viewers are dragged through every Hollywood scandal and lurid story about political, sports and film figures to the point of our utter disgust.

This sentiment was found in the Epilog of a book I recently found on my bookshelf, and was written by an author Chris Fabry. I took a little bit of literary license in the translation because the book was written and published in 1961.

He was not speaking directly about the Tiger tirades that are currently on the tube, but he well could have been. Just when we thought that we had some time to sit back and enjoy some entertaining, thoughtful and interesting Christmas (or holiday) programs, as a respite from the reports of the shenanigans of Michael Jackson’s lifestyle, we are now being inundated by the screaming commentary of the multiple adulteries of Tiger Woods.

I am not surprised, nor am I approving of his behavior, but I am really tired of the noise being made, greater than the reports of his unbelievable victories of the golfing world. That is the Tiger I admire.

I was, and am, a sports fan and have athletic respect for the various golf, baseball, football and basketball sinners. But understand this, my interest in them is strictly for their exploits on the field, diamond, greens and court with absolutely no interest in their bedroom exploits. I make no apology for that. But listen, I don’t want to hear about their personal lives unless I hear that they have great spiritual qualities that they share with their admirers.

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