Maybe you’ve seen it or not but if you haven’t, I invite you to watch the video (below) and contribute to our dialogue. My simple question:
What’s the big deal? Did you or do you have any problems with what he shared? Did he violate the tenets of “good journalism?”
For those that don’t know, Brit Hume is a TV commentator and journalist. He now mostly works at FOX News as a senior political analyst. Truth be told, he’s one of the few I can listen to on FOX News when I’m watching it mainly because he’s not screaming. MSNBC isn’t much better. But I digress…
But here’s the context and the situation (from wikipedia):
On January 3, 2010, as a guest on Fox News Sunday Hume offered advice to Tiger Woods that he might turn his faith to Christianity. Hume’s comments came in the wake of the revelation of Tiger Woods’ habitual adultery and the resulting deterioration of his relationship with his family. Hume stated on the show that
“Tiger Woods will recover as a golfer. Whether he can recover as a person I think is a very open question, and it’s a tragic situation for him. I think he’s lost his family, it’s not clear to me if he’ll be able to have a relationship with his children, but the Tiger Woods that emerges once the news value dies out of this scandal — the extent to which he can recover — seems to me to depend 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.'”
Hume was immediately criticized for these comments, but he stood firm with his remarks and reiterated them the following day on The O’Reilly Factor with Bill O’Reilly. Hume insisted to O’Reilly that he never meant to insult Buddhism, and stated that:
“I was really meaning to say in those comments yesterday more about Christianity than I was about anything else. I mentioned the Buddhism only because his mother is a Buddhist and he has apparently said that he is a Buddhist. I’m not sure how seriously he practices that.”
This explanation also drew criticism as having been trying to defend his previous actions. Hume gave reason for his strong feelings on Christianity in an interview where he explained how he committed his life to Jesus Christ “in a way that was very meaningful” to him. This being in the aftermath of his son’s death by suicide in 1998.
- We live in a larger marketplace of ideas and thoughts. The TV from what I can gather asked for the opinions of columnists.
- I agree. I don’t think he was dismissing Buddhism as he was simply speaking of Christianity. While it wasn’t classic journalism, he was giving his honest opinion and…
- He did it with respect. I didn’t interpret his words, posture, or attitude as condescending, ruthless, or an agenda to proselytize. The medium is as important as the message [think street evangelist with “you’re going to hell” signs blowing on the bullhorns].
- For those who were offended by his Buddhist comment, don’t get upset and offended…share your thoughts and convictions with the larger marketplace of ideas. I’d love to read a thoughtful response rather than a vitriolic rant.
- Folks criticized he had no right to offer any advice because he is a divorcee and remarried. Really? No one can make any comments if they have any blemishes?