TV Golf No Refuge from MSM Liberalism as Ode to JFK Aired in Presidents Cup Coverage

September 24th, 2005 8:02 AM

For conservatives seeking refuge from the hurricane of liberalism that is the MSM, sports coverage is normally a safe redoubt. And if any sport would normally be considered a haven safe from liberalism, it is golf.

But danger lurks everywhere. And it took no more than the flimsy excuse of an important golf event being played in the Washington, DC suburbs for the MSM to air a love letter to Democratic icon JFK.

The piece was aired this morning at the beginning of the USA Network's coverage of the Presidents Cup, an event in which a US team goes up against a team of players from countries around the world outside Europe.

Rich Lerner, who normally works for the Golf Channel, narrated the segment. In fairness, Lerner is undoubtedly the Golf Channel's most talented essayist, and often brings perceptive and moving dimension to his reporting. But here, he was palpably incapable of preventing his true liberal colors from showing.

From beginning to end, the segment was one, long wet kiss to JFK. We were treated to endless footage from the Camelot years, of JFK's languid golf swing, of the touching scene of John John saluting his father's casket, etc.

And if there was any doubt as to what Lerner had in mind when he spoke of the "idealism" of the Kennedy years, a stentorian voice in the background spoke of "a higher minimum, national health care" and other favorite liberal projects.

Please, Rich, stick to the golf, and leave the liberal politics to your myriad confreres in the "news" business.

Finkelstein has degrees from Cornell University and Harvard Law
School.He lives in Ithaca, NY where he hosts "Right Angle," a local
political talk show. Finkelstein specializes in exposing liberal bias
at NBC's Today