As one who does not play or follow golf, and who doesn't know a birdie from a chickadee, I was pleased to see Phil Mickelson win the Masters. His long embrace of his ailing wife (she has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer) was a moving moment. Above all, it was gratifying to see that, at least this once, as one headline writer summarized it, "The Good Guy Finishes First." Golf is not synonymous with Tiger Woods. Are you tired of hearing about Tiger?
We are drowning in salaciousness and some of us are choking on it. Like geese having our livers prepared for foie gras, we are force-fed a steady diet of infidelity, corruption, theft, drug use, violence, addiction, and sexual misconduct among public figures. Perhaps the goose is luckier. When it gets fat enough, they kill it. We consumers of American media, by contrast, seem to have no escape.
Here is just a sampling of the stories we've been deluged with in the recent past:
Gov. James McGreevey of New Jersey announces that he is gay and resigns amid charges of sexual harassment from a state employee.
Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigns after being caught patronizing expensive prostitutes.
Mark McGwire acknowledges that his homerun record was achieved by fraud as he used steroids throughout his career. The Mitchell Report names 47 others.
Michael Jackson ... well, there's too much to itemize.
Sen. Larry Craig is caught soliciting sex in an airport bathroom.
Gov. David Paterson, a few weeks after announcing his plans to run for the seat he inherited from the disgraced Spitzer, withdraws after revelations that he intervened in a domestic violence investigation to protect his employee.
Gov. Mark Sanford skips off to Argentina to see his mistress and then tells the world, at eye-glazing length, about his feelings.
Michael Vick pleads guilty to animal abuse and serves 23 months.
Rep. Charlie Rangel is admonished by the House Ethics Committee for accepting corporate gifts and steps down as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
Further revelations emerge of the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests in Europe.
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of Detroit pleads guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice and no contest to a felony count of assault on a police officer. He further agrees to pay restitution to the city of $1 million, to forfeit his pension and to serve 120 days in prison.