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While I admire the way Daily Kos has steered clear of the Tiger Woods scandal, I think it's something that many of us want to talk about.

Not in terms of "hot news about celebrities" but in terms of why many public figures got a "pass" when it came to their misdoings---and many didn't.

Is it a function of the person or the press?

I guess the first thing that comes to my mind is how protected JFK was from his adventures.  

Like Tiger and Elin, he and Jackie were the "perfect couple."  We all now know that wasn't true but we didn't know about JFK until long after he was gone.

And Bill Clinton, who left us in pretty good shape after his years in office, was almost impeached.  I'm not endorsing what he did, I'm just saying his sins paled against other superstars (sports or politics) who somehow escaped severe punishment.

I'm not going to go down a long list but I think most of you are aware of the many people who the press more or less protected.

It would be very enlightening to hear why you think this happens.

Originally posted to nainam97 on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 01:45 PM PST.

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  •  No we don't (3+ / 0-)
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    sara seattle, grannyhelen, lr3921

    If your comment is mean, I might have Sarah Palin sue you.

    by in2mixin on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 01:46:57 PM PST

  •  No -- (2+ / 0-)
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    grannyhelen, martydd

    it is not a matter of giving them a pass

    unless you want to pass yourself off to one of the gossip sites

    as such -- DailyKos is a lot of things - but not a gossip site.

    "Proud to proclaim: I am a Bleeding Heart Liberal"

    by sara seattle on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 01:49:28 PM PST

  •  Different eras and no we don't (0+ / 0-)

    We don't need to talk about Tiger here. JFK was a different era when the press let people's private lives stay private. And you stole a part of my tag line.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 01:52:37 PM PST

  •  Do we need to talk about it? No. (1+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp

    Is it fun to talk about? It can be. Celebrities exist for us to judge them. That's our half of the bargain. (Theirs is that they get to make zillions of dollars and date models.)

    So sure, let's talk about it, if that's what people want. But let's not fool ourselves into thinking that it amounts to some sort of teachable moment.

  •  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Mistress (3+ / 0-)
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    grannyhelen, lgmcp, agnostic

    That's about all I have to contribute to the subject.  Next!  A-Rod did what?!

    •  Subtle, humour-filled, femor- (0+ / 0-)

      nominal!

      one question . . . whose rod?

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 04:38:36 PM PST

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  •  Sometimes people involved in scandals (0+ / 0-)

    attempt to rehabilitate their images by giving back to society.

    Tiger Woods is the sport of golf; he could have made a statement on racism in the sport by refusing to set foot on Augusta National until they repealed their racist membership by-laws.  The Masters would have ratings lower than Fox Business Channel without Tiger competing.  I can't read his mind, but I surmise that he didn't consider it his responsibility to make a political statement; he just wanted to play and win as many major tournaments as possible.

    I'm hopeful that someone close to Tiger will care enough to advise him that as an international icon he needs to do something other than satisfying his own ego or his libido.

    Barack Obama in the Oval Office: There's a black man who knows his place.

    by Greasy Grant on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 02:14:53 PM PST

  •  I do not (0+ / 0-)

    want to talk about the private details of someone's sex life, regardless of whether they are a public figure.  If it's not criminal, it's not news.  It wasn't my business where and with whom Bill Clinton's sex life took place and it's not my business with Tiger Woods.  Unless they're my partner, I don't care.

    "Never trust a rich man when he offers you a truce."

    by KibbutzAmiad on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 02:21:55 PM PST

  •  FORE score, and (0+ / 0-)

    er
    fore FOUR scores and
    seven Irons ago. . . .

    irons?woods?

    er
    fore skin and semen yearns I go....

    No, that's still not right.

    I'd ask how many more hookers are Coming out of the Woods work, but, that would be too cheap, even for me.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 04:35:26 PM PST

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