60 Minutes and Tiger Woods

April 5, 2006 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism.

CBS’s “60 Minutes” is being roundly criticized for a segment that aired a couple of weeks ago on golfing phenom Tiger Woods. The piece asked no tough or searching questions of Woods, who rarely gives interviews and has carefully honed his image throughout his career. Defending the show’s approach to Woods, producer Jeff Fagin asked, “Should everybody who goes on ’60 Minutes’ get slammed? Is that how you see our job? Or is it OK to profile a superstar athlete even if we didn’t uncover any dirt?” Fagin and his associates didn’t have to dig up any dirt. They simply could have asked Woods about the predatory and anti-First Amendment lawsuit he visited sports artist Rick Rush a few years ago.


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