With regards to the Tiger Woods story that is, at least based on my impression of coverage on the major cable news networks, about twice as important as the tragic and disturbing police massacre that occurred over the weekend and at least four times as important as the president’s plans for Afghanistan, I tend to agree with Neal Boortz, who asserted today that he would not be discussing it on the grounds that it is a private matter and doesn’t involve us.
But, I keep hearing the plaintive cries of double-standard-ism, and I’d like to offer a contrary view.
The oft-repeated argument is that he is, by virtue of his fame and wealth, getting special treatment in that the police allow him to put off discussing the accident with them over and over, something they would never do for you or me.
But, let’s look at it from a different angle. No one was seriously injured, the property damage appears to be limited to that owned by the Woods’, and obviously they’re good for it. No one appears to be in danger, or at least, if she was the cause of his injuries, he appears to be able to take care of himself (big, strong athlete, not financially dependant on her, etc.)
Now, I’m no expert in police procedure, so I could be completely wrong here, but it seems to me that, were this not national news, the police would not care. Even if it is a domestic assault situation, he’s made it clear that he doesn’t wish to pursue charges, and unless it starts becoming a regular event, it seems like that should be left alone. I’m going to guess that, if this had been Joe or Jane Six-Pack, the police would have showed up to make sure everything was OK, filed a report, and made a half-hearted attempt at best at any follow-up.