Networks Freak Out Over All Male Golf Club; Katie Couric Lectures: 'Get With the Program'
ABC and NBC could barely contain their contempt while covering the
controversy over the all-male Augusta golf club. Katie Couric, guest
anchoring Good Morning America on Thursday, lectured the organization hosting the Masters tournament to allow a woman in: "I mean, really. Get with the program. Seriously?"
Reporter Josh Elliott lamented that Augusta has remained "cloistered," "a secretive sanctuary for golfers and one that has never admitted a woman. On Wednesday's Nightly News, correspondent Lisa Myers wondered what Augusta Chairman Billy Payne would "tell his granddaughters about why women are excluded."
The same program featured Sports Illustrated
journalist Alan Shipnuck who sneered, "It's getting unseemly. The
longer this goes, the more ridiculous the club looks. You know, August
National is sending a very strong message to women and girls, which is
you're not welcome here."
The issue is whether IBM CEO Virginia Rometty will be made a member, a tradition for corporate club sponsors.
On Thursday's Today, panelist Donny Deutsch called for a boycott unless Rometty is allowed in.
The lone dissenting voice was fellow panelist Star Jones who reasoned, "I don't think that they should have to admit women. It's a private club, but they shouldn't have to have my money."
An incredulous Deutsch responded, "You're kidding me!" He followed up by asking if it would be okay to not allow African Americans.
At the very least, the rights of a private club to do as they please should be given some discussion by journalists who cover this issue.
A transcript of the April 5 GMA segment, which aired at 7:14am EDT, follows: