Thursday, January 21, 2010

Journalism High Road or Missing the Boat?

TIGER WOODS HAS reportedly checked into some sort of clinic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for sex addicts, and the media have pounced on the story.

The local newspaper in Hattiesburg, however, refuses to stalk the golf superstar.

"Unless there is some confirmation from the clinic or Woods himself, we don't intend to assign a reporter/photographer team to this story," reads an editorial in the paper.

Are they missing the boat on a giant story? Or are they acting in a respectable manner?

Could you take the high road while everyone else is climbing trees and flying overhead in helicopters trying to see Tiger? What would you do?

(The image comes from the National Enquirer).

14 comments:

Joe said...

They, thankfully, are taking the high road. It's called decency, integrity, whatever.

Pseudo said...

Personally, I don't think there seems to be much of a story there. Probably, because its a local (not national) newspaper and not a gossip magazine, they aren't interested in stories without much substance, because without that confirmation that they seek its just gossip. Maybe the paper is known for its integrity (just taking a shot in the dark), but they are acting in a respectful manner.

I would have probably run the story though, because it would seem thats what people want to read.

Michelle Mendez said...

What I think the newspaper is doing is trying to not waste there time on an almost story that honestly I don't see being very 'juicy' either way. We already know the story of what happened. Checking into sex rehab is just a result of everything. Not much of a story there. Usually when people get interviewed about rehab it's about why they got in there or after they get out to see if they've changed. We already know what happened so might as well wait until he checks out...the newspaper's just taking a smart approach.

Nicole M Recek said...

I feel as if we have already heard so much of this story all at once, were as its becoming less popular and who ever was running this thought, "this is old news, find something better to sell."

Gillian Francella said...

I'm glad that local news is taking the high road. I unfortunately, would most likely not. It might not headline my newspaper but it would definitely get a part of it.

Connor Showalter said...

I think with a name as big as Tiger's, the local paper should report something, even if they have unidentified sources or at least be more investigative.

The local paper's editorial also stated a good question:

"Where does news end and privacy begin, even if the person involved is one of the most recognizable faces in the world?"

Luis Crespo said...

They are not missing the boat on a giant story. We have moved on to Haiti, Scott Brown, and if you want to go the celebrity route, Snooki. I don't know about them acting in a respectable manner, but this is a non-story.

Dan Povlich said...

There is no story here to miss. It hasn't even been confirmed that it's Tiger Woods, although I wouldn't care if it was confirmed. Plus, the only reason he would check into a clinic would be to save face, but anyone covering the story would spin it so that Tiger Woods seems like a perverted sex addict. Personally, I can't stand celebrity "news".

Sarah said...

Personally, I think that the media just needs to STOP when it comes to Tiger Woods. Three days, literally, three days after the whole car accident incident, I logged onto msnbc.com to read some headlines and not one sports headline had anything to do with Woods, while almost all 10 entertainment headlines were about him. Does anyone see any issues here? I think it is ridiculous that he has become such a celebrity figure in the media lately, rather than just a public or sports figure who made a mistake. I understand that what he did was not right, and in no way am I condoning it, but I also believe that people need to mind their own business and leave the poor guy alone. And some might say that he is a celebrity or a high profile sports figure and that we deserve to know etc etc, but honestly, do we deserve to know the overall summary of the story of what occured, or the intimate details to the point of almost stalking or bothering he and his family? That is the real question.

Dawana said...

There is a fine line between respect and having to make a dead line. If there were any circumstances where I needed to write about Tiger for the public than by all means I would go ahead and invade his privacy but then again I really don't care that much about celebrities personal lives so I might not run the story.

Brian Okum said...

I think our media is overrun with news that isn't so news-worthy, suffocating what the real news is.

I also think it is a collective decision because people in general want to consume soft news.

For example, no matter who you are I bet you would like to keep up to date with the lead singer of your favorite band, or someone who fronts your politics. I know I do, which makes the whole thing a gray issue for me. I think in this situation my answer is a solid no. The high road is the way to go.

Rachel Stumpo said...

Leave the poor man alone.

When he was at the height of his golfing career, no one besides golfers really cared about him. Now, he has an affair and it's the hottest topic right now. He made a mistake, he's human. People just like to see other people fail, it's really pathetic.

And really, who gives a rats ass? He could probably still beat any of us at golf.

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked that more people havent jumped at the idea of following this story. Not only is Tiger Woods the most dominant athlete out there in his respective sport, hes also the richest sports athlete alive! The guy has more endorsements (or did) than any other athlete, and its not like hes involved in a petty crime with guns or whatever other NBA, NFL athlete likes to do to get them selves in trouble, but this guy cheated on his wife, probably numerous times, and now that he has enrolled himself in this sex program, sorry but theres no doubt im running this story, and following it too.

Sam Kelly said...

What Tiger does is his business. So I feel that they took the high road. Once Tiger gives an official statement then I think it's fair game.