In a must-read thoughtful piece that appeared in the Miami Herald on Sunday, Dan Le Batard writes that we’ve been bombarded by so many different "facts" about what happened to Tiger Woods the other day that clearly some of it is true and some of it is false.
Le Batard writes, "We get news faster than we ever have. We just can’t trust it to be right. So patience, credibility and fairness are among the casualties here, too, at the intersection of celebrity and scandal — where voyeuristic rubbernecking is fun and nobody feels the need to tap the brakes, and the result is an international icon bleeding on the street while surrounded by more questions than answers."
Here’s his conclusion: "The news travels so fast that it is out there before it can be verified and before the participants have even uttered a public word, and the more credible news outlets are forced to follow the flocks toward TMZ and the Enquirer or be left behind.
"And here’s why that’s relevant:
"What if it isn’t true?
"How do we go back and fix that?
"And isn’t that kind of accident ultimately more damaging than the one involving Tiger Woods?"