Brandel Chamblee: Mea culpa
By Torleif Sorenson on 10/31/13
"My job as an analyst at Golf Channel requires me to analyze golf and offer my opinions. I'd like to think I'm pretty good at it. Tiger Woods is the best player in the game by miles, maybe the best player of all time. And over the years, I have said a lot of positive things about Tiger's golf swing and his accomplishments, and at times I've been critical, but that's my job. And my obligation to the viewer to not only talk about when Tiger plays well, but when he doesn't play well and put it into perspective, as well as every other player."
Chamblee also said he wishes he had re-written the end of the article, as his Golf Magazine editor had originally requested.

The other stunning part is that Chamblee will no longer be writing for Golf Magazine and Golf.com, either. He obviously didn't say whether or not he was fired or whether this was his own decision. But Chamblee's columns will now be posted only on Golf Channel and NBC's web sites.


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legitimatebeef says:
Rory M. just broke par in a real tournament for the first time in like a year and you guys are still banging on about Brandle Chamblee. He has become the story now I guess. Less Chamblee, more golf. Is what I say.
10/31/13
 
Matt McGee says:
Although his ability to make intelligent choices is certainly questionable, I kind of doubt that losing the writing gigs was his decision.
"...talk about...when he doesn't play well..." is a little different than blatantly calling Tiger a cheater. He still hasn't apologized for, or retracted, that comment, has he?
10/31/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
Chamblee apologized last Thursday:

www.oobgolf.com/content/fore+play/today+in+golf/
10/31/13
 
mustang6560 says:
"The other stunning part is that Chamblee will no longer be writing for Golf Magazine and Golf.com, either."

I called it Monday.

www.oobgolf.com/content/fore+play/today+in+golf/

Brandel crossed a line with his cheating analogy, intentionally or not, and he needed to be reprimanded (in some way). Being asked to stop contributing to Golf.com and Golf Magazine was the only way he (or Golf Channel) could "save face", in my opinion.

I like how he threw in the bit about how his editor at Golf.com asked him to rewrite the offensive part. "It was all me, not Golf.com", who benefited by the way from all of the interest in the story.
10/31/13
 
mustang6560 says:
How 'bout ol' Rors! Almost a blemish free -7 65. Let's hope he's truly turned a corner.
10/31/13
 
joe jones says:
Golf columnists and commentators are paid to report on the sport not to editorialize. If they want to make a personal point they should declare it to be an editorial. My purpose in my column Sports Talk by Joe Jones is to present my thoughts from a senior perspective which most of the time is 180* opposed to that of the the younger generation.Not that the younger generation are wrong but that they have a tendency to be short sighted about the value of the past. I have a disclaimer that makes it clear that my opinion is mine and mine alone. Chamblee forgot his reason for being.
10/31/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
Joe as someone from a younger generation. We need more reporters like you. I'm sick and tired of editorialized "news" stories. News has become entertainment because the mass of sheeple in this country would rather watch Jersey Shore than 60 minutes. And everything TV now is based on increasing your ratings. So "news" shows are forced to become E-News in an attempt to bring in the ratings (and advertising).

Its real sad. Walter Cronkite wouldn't last in todays media because his unbiased reporting would be too "boring" to get ratings.
10/31/13
 
joe jones says:
Continued: Blogs allow comment that may or not be on point with what the subject matter is. That is why I dislike social and political comment when it creeps into some of our postings. The fastest way to turn people off is to interject politics and or religion into a discussion about a sport or the individual performers. To be able to remain friendly with others, we should try to use better judgment. Myself included.
10/31/13
 
jasonfish11 says:
As far as Brandle goes. He's an idiot. How many examples does he need before he realizes the golf world (sadly IN MY OPINION) revolves around Tiger Woods. At least for the time being.
10/31/13
 
DougE says:
Couldn't agree with you more, Joe.
10/31/13
 
Matt McGee says:
The truth is that Chamblee would have continued to be paid to express his opinions about golf for as long as that helped the ratings and readership of the entities for which he reported. The perception that he is only "paid to report on the sport" may be accurate in a written job description, but the same could be said for Chris Berman and a host of others who have elevated their job performance beyond the mundane task of communicating stats and final scores. News organizations aren't even close to presenting unbiased content any more. Why would sports reporters be any different?
The time when information was passed along without editorial content has, with a few rare exceptions, passed. Chamblee got a little too big for his britches, and now he's paying for it.
10/31/13
 
joe jones says:
Newspapers still have an editorial page. Other forms of journalism should play by the same rules. Otherwise everything is worthless. Anybody can spout their crap without any semblance of order. Just because a lot of so called professionals are doing it doesn't make it right.It's easy to look at a pile of garbage and say "isn't that a nice looking pile of garbage". It still smells like garbage.
10/31/13
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
Joe: They should play by the same rules, but we now see how the New York Times and MSNBC have sunk into blatant cheerleaders for their causes, rendering them worthless and untrustworthy.

And I freely admit that I cheered when reporting on the successful preservation of the University of Maryland golf Course. But only a fool would have expected any golf writer to demand that this golf course / green space / Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary be bulldozed and paved over with a concrete shopping mall and parking lot. In television news and newspapers, it is different.

Did Chamblee cross the line? Sure he did. But people forget that Walker Cronkite also crossed the line, too - including in 1968.
11/1/13
 
joe jones says:
Torleif. I believe you have made my point for me. What does your comment on MSNBC and The New York Times have to do with sports. Also, did you exclude Fox from your critique for a reason or was it just an oversight? Neither you or I or anyone else should add things to the discussion that have nothing to do with golf.
11/1/13
 
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