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The media frenzy on this subject is the latest corroboration of the excellent Nichols & McChesney essay, "How to Save Journalism": "By downsizing reporting staffs and ramping up less expensive journalism based on trivia, sensationalism and press releases, they were able for years to maintain boomtime profits. But the party was destined to come to an end, as readers and viewers gave up on 'products' that no longer contained much in the way of news."

Unfortunately, the party is still going on.

Ed Mirmak

Westminster, CA

Dec 1 2009 - 6:20pm

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"Now that Woods appears to have been involved in a domestic dispute, the media are wondering if there is 'another Tiger.'... But when he makes deals that benefit dictatorships and unaccountable corporations, all in the name of his billion-dollar brand, he deserves no privacy."

The last part of that sentence needs to be rewritten. Business support and collaboration are not covered by personal privacy.

Yes, the public/media have long since decided to inflict their malicious envy on the personal activities of wealthy/celebrities with remorseless right-to-know. But that’s another matter entirely.

Claudia Woodward-Rice

Honomu, HI

Dec 1 2009 - 1:57pm

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Nabbing a suspect as a result of an accident he's been in is almost as good as nabbing a suspect as a result of an accidental sting operation.

J.E. Bernecky

Westover, PA

Dec 1 2009 - 9:20am

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A very enlightening article. I'm not a golfer, so all I know about Tiger Woods is what I see in mainstream media. Your article will probably fall on deaf ears. Just like everything else in this country, Americans don't care about it.

His apathy toward the underprivileged combined with his voracity is par for the course as a member of the financial aristocracy.

Case in point, a few years ago Randy Moss ran down a female traffic cop in Chicago, because she was trying to stop him from making an illegal left turn. He kept pushing her with his car until she fell down on the pavement. The only thing that concerned his teammates and football fans was how soon before he could play again. I believe he didn't miss a game.

Americans are not paying attention to all of the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, changes that are enveloping all aspects of our life. We're getting the exact kind of government we deserve.

Charles Lingenfelser

Brandon, MS

Nov 30 2009 - 4:59pm

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