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May 11th 2009 6:32PM Wow:
One otherwise decent announcer got canned for saying stuffy Augusta National's greens were "slick as bikini wax," (true).
Golf and its etiquette continues to double bogey the bad taste issue from time to time. Fuzzy Zoeller, the 1979 master Champion, was excoriated and permanently shunned for his off-the-cuff racially tinged lame joke that Tiger Woods menu for his first Masters Champions dinner should include fried chicken and some other food that fell into cliched ideas of what blacks would want.
Then there was the off-tune "lynching" metaphor miswielded by an obviously sympathetic-to-Tiger woman commentator on The Golf Channel, resulting in a work suspension.
Jimmy the Greek got waxed for saying blacks couldn't swim (untrue).
Al Campanis got wiped out of a 35-year-career in Major League Baseball for saying blacks "didn't have the necessities" to be major league managers. patently ridiculous blathering of a senile old man)
And then there was Don Imus's infamous "nappy headed hos" insult to Rutgers women's basketball team resulting in his multimillion dollar contract getting unceremoniously dumped by MSNBC.
And of course Bill Maher got whacked post 9/11 after commenting on his "Politically Incorrect" that the hijacker terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center could be accused of many things, but cowardice wasn't one of them,since they died in their despicable act in contrast to military pilots who pull the trigger on bunker buster bombs from 50,000 feet.
All of them landed somewhere between wrong to some to bad taste for many to offensive to almost everyone to unbearably repulsive to all.
So where does Feherty's very bad joke stand?
Feherty's unfunny musing seems to out him on the chopping block for something that would have been tossed in the trash at a writer's meeting on the Bill Maher Show. But likely would have made the lower-standards cut for Rush Limbaugh. Yeah such violent musings in an era of Virginia Tech leaves a very sour taste in our mouths.
But bum rushing an incisive, witty literate and understanding commentator on the game of golf I think would be a heavy price to pay.
As if golf matters.
I think Feherty, an otherwise caring sensitive man with a great gift of gab in a stodgy sport (that gave Tiger Woods a hard time for similarly off color jokes recorded in an early magaazine profile) might benefit by meeting with the victims of modern random violence and serving one of those organizations helping victims of violence in some capacity (money donation if nobody wanted him around).
Seriously, many may bemoan today's political correctness, but this sea change in allowable public discourse is as welcome change from the old days of pervasive racial prejudice, allowable nasty jokes about all ethnicities and religions and colors. Back in the 1930s, '40s, '50s and into the '60s such talk was a crucial weapon in the arsenal of racists and religious persecutors keeping civil liberties and rights under the ignorant thumb of the dark heart of prejudice.
Thatr's why this dialogue counts, even today. Even when an otherwise sunny voice of golf slips awkwardly on an cruel satire.
Mar 12th 2009 6:34PM Cramer is worth watching not because he's manipulating
stocks but because he tells the truth at the moment.
Sometimes (often) he gets in trouble for doing just that.
Yes he looked like Reggie Jackson turning into a pretzel missing an eephus pitch with his "Nothing to worry about Bear Stearns" sound bite six days before the august old firm crashed and burned last year.
Yes, he has made a huge mistake taking on Jon Stewart
head on recently. It's like the Light Brigade running into the cannons wearing a Tour de France style painters' hat.
But over tghe past few years he educated millions of viewers about how the markets really work and gave them strategies for investing no insider ever revealed to the masses before.
And, unless he's got a Madoff-scale fake-out going, his entire portfolio is in a trust and all profits go to charities. As part of his condition of employment to offer advice about stocks on TV, he no longer plays the market for his own profit and loss any more.
While it is true the economic archdruids are now the subject of scornful laughter from the ecologists, who truly know just how far 750 billion barrles of oil reserves will take us (about 30 years), and who think the whole Nobel-Prize winning bunch, Krugman included, are just a bunch of grad school gypsy fortunetellers in suits and ties, Cramer gives good advice how to play the game.
The trouble is, with the faery castles of the economic Wallendas are imploding, Cramer's short term stragehic advice is like the band on the deck of the Titanic - well intentioned but overmatched by the current catastrophe.