We all believe in freedom of speech, and anyone can get a good laugh when the comic golf analyst makes his wacky comments. But he blew it this time, and CBS needs to take real action. Now. That means firing him, or at least suspending him for a long, long time.
Here's his latest:
"From my own experience visiting troops in the Middle East, I can tell you this though. Despite how the conflict has been portrayed by our glorious media, if you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Osama bin Laden, there's a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and bin Laden would be strangled to death."
CBS distanced itself from Feherty on this, issuing a statement that said it doesn't endorse those words, The PGA Tour issued a statement saying that Feherty is insightful and sometimes humorous, but this time has crossed the line.
Let's be clear: There is funny and there is crossing a line. This is neither of those. This is insane.
If you want to make a political joke that soldiers don't like U.S.leaders, then fine. But to suggest that U.S. soldiers would do something like that is an outrage.
I know the political correct police are going to come around now with their sirens. Yes, he has the right to say it.
So don't put him in jail. But no matter what it says, CBS absolutely is endorsing these words if it takes no action. (While CBS broadcasts golf, this week's Players Championship is on NBC.) Feherty's comments came in "D Magazine'' in Dallas, with a series of articles about former President George W. Bush moving to Dallas.
Feherty has been involved with "Troops First Fondation'' which raises money for wounded soldiers.
So this is different than some of his silly jokes. He reportedly once said that he's in favor of the death penalty for pro-lifers, child molesters, people against gay marriage and those dancing in the end zone.
But those are in the context of a joke. This one, he based on his background and work with troops. And it was no slip of the tongue, as it was something he wrote.
CBS, time to act.
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