Tiger Woods managed to take center stage today. He even made the stock market blink.
Yes, the very public apologia of a professional golfer was even able to cipher attention away from the Justice Department's seismic announcement that it's going to let former White House counsel Jay Bybee and John Yoo walk away from indictments for their hand in the so-called "torture memos."
And, the longest mea culpa in recent history always deflected media focus from Iran, Haiti, and the upcoming presidential announcement on health care reform.
Frankly, I was able to watch about four minutes of the live footage which felt like having a ring side seat at the Roman colisseum, but where are the Christians? Oh, that's right, they're busy loading their guns, and preparing for rifle practice, I mean, midterm elections.
The only thing more noxious and absurd than witnessing Woods's completely unnecessary humiliation was watching cable news pundits rate it. Imagine if the judges, and juries who presided over some Salem Bay witch trials could have assigned a rating system to confessions of a bunch of confused women who just wanted to go home to their families? It might not have been necessary to burn witches at the stake. Instead, the witches would simply self-immolate in a flash of mortification that might almost make us all believe they really did die for our sins.
Causes Jayne Stahl Supports
Free Speech, human rights, and abolition of the death penalty.