October 18, 2005, - 9:45 am

Unethical: Sports Illustrated “Reporter” Snitches on Golfer Michelle Wie

By Debbie Schlussel
Who says a lack of journalistic ethics is exclusive to Dan Rather and CBS News, David Shepardson and Gregg Krupa and The Detroit News, and Jack Kelley and Stephanie Armour at USA Today?
Sometimes sports reporters show they are equally afflicted.
Take Sports Illustrated writer Michael Bamberger. He’s the reason golfer newly-pro Michelle Wie was disqualified from Sunday’s LPGA Samsung World Championship golf tournament. Bamberger became part of the story when he snitched to LPGA rules officials about Wie’s miscounting of strokes at the 7th hole. And his editor told him to do it.

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Michelle Wie: Snitched on by Sports Illustrated “Reporter”

Remember that the next time you read Sports Illustrated or Bamberger’s work. They don’t just report and let you decide. They decide, then report it–after they’ve created the story.
It’s just another example of how the “Mainstream Media” create news, not just report it. Today, a women’s golf tournament. Tomorrow (and Yesterday), something more serious, like staging a Palestinian youth’s alleged “murder” by Israelis (Mohammed Al-Dura, anyone?).
Another part of the story: Jealous, masculine-looking LPGA players–who’ve done everything in the past to whine about and try to keep the feminine, skilled Wie out–may be gloating that Bamberger got Wie DQ’ed (disqualified, not Dairy Queened). But no matter. She still got all the publicity (as she will in the future) and you can bet, she won’t screw up the scoring again.
Wie is the only reason women’s golf has seen a recent rise in ratings. It’s not the others–who’ve put the “L” in LPGA.

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5 Responses

Michelle Wie Disqualified, Still Hot as Hell

Debbie Schlussel has some more scoop on the Sports Illustrated reporter who was actually the one to tattle on Wie for dropping her ball incorrectly. Typical yellow journalist.

Six Meat Buffet on October 18, 2005 at 11:14 am

Ha! Michelle lost, oops. I hate golf, but maybe I should try it.

KOAJaps on October 18, 2005 at 1:50 pm

An attack on the media for affecting Wie’s “career,” which is itself a media product? You meant this as irony, right?

eddiehaskell on October 18, 2005 at 4:27 pm

As I wrote as a comment to one of your old WNBA rants, I was waiting for the day you rank on the LPGA :-) I have to agree that Wie is probably the only one of the bunch who looks like a gal ;-)

hairymon on October 18, 2005 at 7:57 pm

A Wie Bit Miffed

I’m sure you’ll find this unbelievable, but I am somewhat late to the Michelle Wie story from last weekend. If…

Overtaken by Events on October 19, 2005 at 9:31 am

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