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Golfweek magazine fires editor over noose cover

The Golfweek magazine has fired editor Dave Seanor, who approved the noose cover in the latest edition.

Golfweek magazine fires editor over noose cover Dave Seanor, the editor who approved the noose cover in the latest Golfweek magazine, has been fired on Friday and a formal apology was made by William P. Kupper Jr., president of Turnstile Publishing Company, the parent company of Golfweek, reading: "We apologize for creating this graphic cover that received extreme negative reaction from consumers, subscribers and advertisers across the country. We were trying to convey the controversial issue with a strong and provocative graphic image. It is now obvious that the overall reaction to our cover deeply offended many people. For that, we are deeply apologetic." The company also said that Dave Seanor will be replaced by Jeff Babineau.

 The golf magazine featured a noose on a purple background as part of their cover story in response to the comments made by Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman on January 4th, that one way for young golfers to stop Tiger Woods is to "lynch him in a back alley." PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem sharply criticized the inappropriate cover of the magazine, calling the decision to put a noose on the cover "outrageous and irresponsible". Dave Seanor, on the other side, claims that the image was not racially related but used to illustrate tightening around Tilghman, the Golf Channel and golf in general. The former editor also accused Finchem for an "over the top response", because the commissioner has a contract with the Golf Channel.

 Published on 01/18/2008

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