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It has nothing to do with the presidency or who we need in the job, but one side benefit of electing Barack Obama is that it would leave race-baiters like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton with no reason whatsoever for a public stage, and we might hope they sink into the oblivion they so richly deserve:

The Rev. Al Sharpton is arguing that Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman (pictured) should be fired for an offensive remark during the Mercedes-Benz Championship. While doing live commentary for the event with analyst Nick Faldo, Tilghman jokingly suggested that new players looking to take on Tiger Woods should "lynch him in a back alley."

Here's the exchange that started everything:

Faldo: (While discussing strategies for younger golf players looking to overtake Woods) "To take Tiger on, maybe they should just gang up for a while."

Tilghman: (Laughing) "Lynch him in a back alley."

Tilghman has already been suspended for two weeks by the network, which means she'll miss both the Sony Open and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. No comment by Woods as of yet, but his agent Mark Steinberg said that he considered the matter "case closed" and that "Tiger and Kelly are friends, and Tiger has a great deal of respect for Kelly."

Kelly and Tiger are probably friends because, among other reasons, they have a passion for the same thing, the thing they both make money from in actually working for a living, unlike Sharpton. Of all the despicable things Sharpton has done, this ranks right up there. You don't mess with friends.

And many members of the press, I am sorry to say, are even more despicable. Instead of hounding Sharpton off the stage as the sideshow charlatan he is, they repeatedly quote him as a serious spokesman on serious issues.


Tue, 01/29/2008 - 10:27pm

It was a stupid thing to say, but I don't think it's a fireable offence.