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Wednesday, December 04, 2002

The Sensitization of the Concerned CEO

In a bit of a break in its languishing and peculiar crusade against the Augusta National Golf Club, host of the prestigious Masters tournament, the Times gleefully reported yesterday that a former top executive at CBS had quit the club in protest over its no-women policy.

Well. Georges Clemenceau (1841-1929) observed that "Not to be a socialist at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head." However, his timeline is a bit off.

Mr . Wyman, 72, was a member at Augusta for twenty five years, which suggests that he joined in 1977. The story informs us that Augusta admitted its first black member in 1990 - perhaps Mr. Wyman worked tirelessly for thirteen years towards that goal. Evidently, another twelve years of unrelenting, yet so far unsuccessful, effort on behalf of women has finally taken its toll and forced him to step down.

Ms. Cornett has more on this - apparently two columnists for the NY Times sports section disagreed with the editorial page call for a Tiger Woods boycott. Both columns were spiked. Uhh, that is not like "spiking" a football in celebration - when an editor spikes a story, that means he did not approve it. But you probably knew that.

Well, I repeat my clarion call for a NY Times boycott of the Masters - send no sports reporters, print only the leaderboard in agate type on page nine of the sports section, no golf ads that week. Furthermore, here is a list of the members of the NY Times Board of Directors. Several of these chaps are former CEOs, and seem to fit the "Augusta National" demographic. Let them choose - serve on the Board of the Times, or remain a member at Augusta!

Let's show some consistency of principal here. You are never too old.

UPDATE: John Akers, NY Times Board member, and, if we can rely on a USA Today membership list, an Augusta National member. Now, the business side of the Times should not control the editorial side, and vice versa. However, if this issue is so important to the Times, perhaps an enterprising reporter could get a quote from the dual member.

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