I guess Maureen Dowd’s editor didn’t have time to review her latest column, The Lady and the Tiger. It was a nonsensical, catty, AND petty attempt to slam Desiree Rogers and Tiger Woods. The phrase to best describe the piece is simply “WTF?” I’ve read her column from time to time, mainly during the 2008 campaign season. While not especially deep and moving, she occasionally was entertaining. However, this week she definitely scraped the bottom of the barrel.
She accuses both Tiger and Desiree Rogers of being “perfectionist high-achievers brought low” who “mistakenly think the rules need not apply to them” and that they “broke the first rule of scandal: Don’t stonewall. Admit your mistake before others piece together the embarrassing facts.” A bit dramatic, don’t you think? Maureen did you forget you had a deadline and threw this together in a matter of minutes or were you really tired and wrote this with one eye closed and the other drifting towards REM?
Errahh, Tiger is an ATHELETE who cheated. Not a priest nor a Congressman, but a young, attractive, world-adored, MALE player of sport. Surprising? Kinda. Earth-shattering? No. Of course, he was wrong because he was married. However, the amount of disgust spewed in that article is over the top, calling Tiger a “golf diva” with a “puffed up ego” with his “string of buffed and puffed babes”. Isn’t that a bit much?
As far as the unforgivable sin that he committed by refusing to talk…he supplied a statement within A FEW DAYS. Actually, previous to statement, it had only been a week or so since the stories about his infidelity began to leak, so it’s not as if he took a whole tour season to come clean. With all the hoopla and intense media focus, it is not surprising that the Woods would need more than an hour or two to decide how they would move forward.
And while there is no doubt that Desiree Rogers shares some responsibility for Crashergate, Dowd seems to be downright appalled that Ms. Rogers didn’t conduct an apology tour, and that she is “sashaying around and posing in magazines as though she were the first lady.” Errahh, she is the fashionable, popular SOCIAL SECRETARY for the fashionable, popular Obamas. Remember the election…it ushered the new Camelot and a snazzy, jazzy new Washington. Ms. Rogers is the epitome of the new vibe.
There has certainly been some discussion about whether Desiree should have appeared before Congress, however, there is little doubt that she was advised on which actions to take by her close, long time friends, THE PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST LADY. I really can’t understand why Dowd, while complaining about the use of executive privilege by the White House, is trying to rip Desiree a new one and lay the bulk of the responsibility at her feet. As if Ms. Rogers would ignore the wishes of the First Couple and do her own thing.
I do recall hearing some complaints about the childish nature of Ms. Dowd’s writing style, however, I am still shocked about nature of the personal attacks. Ms. Dowd, what did they ever do to you?!?! “It was the assertion of personal privilege by Tiger and Desiree that was so off-putting.” Really? In what way compared to other politicians, celebrities, and numerous privileged persons who have been involved in scandals?
The New York Times obviously has some job openings and is in need of columnists. Maureen, before you write your next
vicious drivel interesting commentary, could you put in a word for me. Thanks. XOXOXO