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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Olbermann and Stewart Slam Hume For Tiger Woods Comment

Earlier this week on Fox News Sunday, senior political analyst Brit Hume suggested that Tiger Woods seek redemption for his adulterous affairs.

Whether he can recover as a person depends on his faith. He's said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith. So my message to Tiger would be, "Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world."

While I agree that Hume was irresponsible for making that suggestion on national television, and I would have preferred that he had made his suggestion to Tiger Woods in private, I feel that the negative attention he has received in the mainstream media is unwarranted.

For example, on Tuesday, left-wing pundit Keith Olbermann claimed that Hume tried to “threaten Tiger Woods to convert to Christianity,” alleging that the suggestion would have been just as offensive had Hume asked Woods to convert to Islam. He also alluded that Hume wanted Woods to be a celebrity role model for Christianity, as Tom Cruise had been for Scientology.

Olbermann’s attack on Hume should come as no surprise, as the host is infamous for attacking people’s statements on religion and faith. His network MSNBC has also allowed others to broadcast anti-religious sentiment. In October 2009, Chris Matthews compared the Religious Right to the Taliban.

On the same day, Hume was ridiculed on The Daily Show. The left-wing host John Stewart, along with correspondent Aasif Mandvi, ridiculed Hume over his statement, his defense on The O’Reilly Factor, and the negative attention he has received.

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