Popular Golf Analyst Called On The Carpet For Jokes

David FehertyCBS golf analyst David Feherty apologized to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, for a joke that was published in a Dallas Magazine. Feherty was quoted as saying that based on his experiences visiting the Middle East he thought that "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."

Feherty apologized on Sunday to both Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid for the morbid joke, which he said was meant to represent how the troops felt about President George W. Bush. Feherty has been writing about the former president in the past for D Magazine in Dallas.

Both the PGA and CBS Networks released a statement about Feherty's comments, CBS calling them “an unacceptable attempt at humor” and not “condoned, endorsed or approved.” The PGA stated that Feherty's humor went “over the line”.

Feherty grew up in Ireland and was a former Ryder Cup player and for the past two years has visited the troops in Iraq over thanksgiving. He also is responsible for a foundation that helps wounded troops.

Feherty, besides his work at CBS and his articles, has written four books, some of them bestsellers. A Nasty Bit of Rough, Somewhere in Ireland a Village Is Missing an Idiot, and David Feherty's Totally Subjective History of the Ryder Cup. His most recent book is called An Idiot for all Season.

Feherty apologized publicly for the comment at the end of his articles saying, “This passage was a metaphor meant to describe how American troops felt about our 43rd president. In retrospect, it was inappropriate and unacceptable, and has clearly insulted Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid, and for that, I apologize.”

Tags: David Feherty, Nancy Pelosi, PGA, CBS Networks
Posted: 12th May 2009

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