US media's mixed response to Woods' apology

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Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): US media has responded to Tiger Woods' public apology over his extra-marital affairs with both respect and sarcasm.

Some in the industry have applauded the golfer's courage to come forward and admit his guilt, while others feel the appearance was choreographed.

"An open, vulnerable confession by a notoriously disciplined and self-contained professional athlete, and a highly expert and disciplined performance by a young golfer with little experience in show business or politics," Fox News quoted the New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley, as saying.

Stanley added that the apology was "out of sync with his button-down public demeanor, but it was very much in line with his sportsmanship. And that's something that no athlete - or politician - can match."

John Feinstein, from The Washington Post, pointed out that the apology statement was rehearsed.

He wrote: "He tried very hard to sound humbled. He didn't pull it off. The one surprise in the entire 14-minute monologue came at the end when Woods said he does not know when he will play golf again and implied that he was still a long way from returning."

Public relations consultant Douglas Forbes wrote on the Huffington Post news website: "People, are we kidding ourselves? Does the world spin on a different axis because of what Tiger Woods does on or off the course?

"The dude duped a lot of people who thought he was a saint. And his sponsors and charity took a big blow to the gut. But at the end of the day, idol worship is devilish stuff to begin with."

Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy said: "What happens to Tiger and his family is between Tiger and his family. Not our place.

"The golf game is another matter. Tiger Woods has made more than a billion dollars selling his game and his image. The image just took a huge hit, but we are a forgiving people. He's never going to be the same, but he can come back. Everybody deserves another chance."

The Los Angeles Times even drew a parallel with embattled carmaker Toyota.

Tim Rutten wrote: "The golfer and the carmaker are both beneficiaries of the way popular culture seems to be blending two powerful social forces - the culture of celebrity and brand loyalty - into a single new commercial imperative.

"Who cares what Tiger Woods did in bed or with whom? Isn't that an issue for him and his wife to sort out? Why not either watch the guy play golf or forget him?

"There's the rub, and his dilemma: neither the PGA nor his sponsors can afford to let you forget Tiger Woods the brand any more than Akio Toyoda can afford to let you forget the Prius."

Meanwhile, The Guardian had sarcastic touch with: "A light-hearted person talks sitting down. As soon as Woods started talking (standing), though, he looked like an internet video of a kidnapped person who's about to be executed by terrorists.

"Haunted, beseeching, desperate yet impersonal - all he needed was some armed men standing behind him in balaclavas." (ANI)

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