The golf community seems to get their knickers in a bunch when it comes to borderline tasetless jokes, which is a shame because it seems like that’s the only time most of us pay any attention to golf.
But CBS golf analyst David Feherty got off a pretty good one at the expense of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate majority leader Harry Reid. And predictably, the outrage meter is in the red.
The joke goes, “If you gave any US soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Osama bin Laden…”
(Punchline after the jump.)
Feherty was one of a number of contributors to an article in D Magazine, a Dallas-based publication. He wrote:
From my own experience visiting the troops in the Middle East, I can tell you this, though: 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.
That’s not bad! And in the same article we learn Feherty’s pro-choice and pro-gay marriage stances, so this isn’t any overtly partisan attack. It’s just a lame joke. But everyone’s still lining up to condemn him.
- “Such comments are unacceptable and beyond the pale and an insult to our patriotic men and women in uniform,” [Pelosi spokesman Nadeam] Elshami said.
- “David Feherty is an insightful and sometimes humorous commentator for CBS Sports’ golf coverage,” the PGA Tour said in a statement. “However, his attempt at humor in this instance went over the line and his comments were clearly inappropriate. We hope he will use better judgment in the future.”
- The CBS network was quick to distance itself from him: “While outside his work for CBS, David Feherty is a popular humorist, we want to be clear that this column for a Dallas magazine is an unacceptable attempt at humor and is not in any way condoned, endorsed or approved by CBS Sports.”
Let’s hope everyone’s going for the jugular because they feel like they’re supposed, not because they have any intentions of lowering the hammer on Feherty. He’s one of the best analysts in the business, and doesn’t deserve to be punished over what is, after all, only a joke.