You could argue all day over whether or not the punishment for Kelly Tilghman’s lynch slip up was adequate or not. Personally, I thought it was all blown out of proportion. What I don’t understand is how anyone could think putting a noose on the cover of a magazine would be a good idea…Are you kidding me? You obviously saw the firestorm that Kelly’s statement started. How could anyone possibly think that this was a good move? And I don’t even say this because I am racially offended by the image. I just say cause…wow. Did you really expect people to react positively to this?

Golfweek has officially offered an apology, and fired those people who were brain dead enough to put a noose on the cover of their most recent issue.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Jeff Babineau has been named editor of Golfweek, replacing Dave Seanor, effective immediately.

The change has been made after Golfweek ran a cover in the January 19 issue showing a noose to illustrate a controversial comment by Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman about Tiger Woods.

“We apologize for creating this graphic cover that received extreme negative reaction from consumers, subscribers and advertisers across the country,” said William P. Kupper Jr., president of Turnstile Publishing Co., the parent company of Golfweek. “We were trying to convey the controversial issue with a strong and provocative graphic image. It is now obvious that the overall reaction to our cover deeply offended many people. For that, we are deeply apologetic.”

Golfweek devoted four pages of news and commentary on the Tilghman/Golf Channel situation. Tilghman was suspended for two weeks as a result of her comment.

Babineau, 45, has been with Golfweek for nine years, and has filled a number of roles with the magazine, including editor, deputy editor and senior writer. In his new role, he will report directly to Kupper.

“We know we have a job ahead of us to re-earn the trust and confidence of many loyal readers,” Babineau said. “Our staff is very passionate about the game. Our wish is that one regretful error does not erase more than 30 years of service we’ve dedicated to this industry.”

Maybe Dave Seanor can get a job on Jon Corzine’s staff. Corzine’s plan to hike New Jersey tolls by 800% makes about as much sense to me as this cover image decision.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:04 am January 19, 2008
One Fly

I disagree and the position I take is here.

Harvey Specter
Posted at 12:47 pm January 24, 2008
mediaguru at

Boy was there a lot of discussion about this in the PGA Show press room. When I went by the golfweek booth it was a ghost town!

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