CBS Sports golf analyst David Feherty is well known for his outspoken comments and sharp humor. He is receiving criticism for a joke he wrote in a “D Magazine” article that suggested American soldiers would be just as likely to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as they would Osama bin Laden. You can read more about it below, see photos and watch a video.
CBS Golf Analyst David Feherty, who lives in Dallas, was one of five local residents to write an article in “D Magazine” on former president George W. Bush’s move back to Texas. As you may know, he is among the most popular golf analysts on television for his quick, and often biting, humor. Some are saying he has gone a bit too far this time with his jokes about Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Osama bin Laden, and are demanding CBS fire him.
Here’s what he said that has everyone in an uproar:
“From my own experience visiting the troops in the Middle East, I can tell you this though,” Feherty wrote toward the end of his column. “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.”
Well, as you can imagine, CBS Sports has quickly distanced themselves from David Feherty’s article in “D Magazine”.
“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,” spokeswoman LeslieAnne Wade said.
Of course what David Feherty said was really dumb. It was in poor taste and he shouldn’t have written that joke into his article, period. But good grief, are these days so dark and the left so unhinged that every insult toward the democrats requires a pound of flesh rather then a public apology? How many times did we hear incredibly outrageous things out of the mouth of commentators when President Bush was in office? It was an everyday occurence!
Though I don’t condone what David Feherty said, I do defend HIM. He has been a long time friend of President Bush, a supporter of his administrations policies, and a witness to the chronic excoriation of the Bush administration by the left wing in this country that continues even to this day. It makes perfect sense that he would be mocking their feckless leaders, Pelosi and Reid.
David is also very engaged and supportive of our troops. He has gone to Iraq the last two years over Thanksgiving to meet with the troops and deliver his irreverent humor, and that experience moved him to the point that he has applied for U.S. citizenship (he was born in Northern Ireland).
David Feherty is involved with “Troops First Foundation,” with hopes of raising $15 million for soldiers who return wounded, many of them as we all know, with serious injuries and without limbs. He created his own division as a part of his foundation called “F Troop” — and last year took eight soldiers to South Dakota for pheasant hunting.
“I think it was going to Iraq and being so proud of this country,” he said in an interview in November. “The vast majority of Americans who haven’t been outside of America don’t really understand how wonderful this place is. … And it just meant more to me, I think in the last year or so, having visited our troops abroad and spent so much time with them at home, that it will be a great honor for me to be an American.”
I, for one, think David Feherty is a patriot. And I don’t know about you, but I have certainly stuck my foot in my mouth a few times and have always appreciated when grace was extended to me during those times. However, ‘Grace’ does not appear in the liberal lexicon for it is typical in times like these, for libs to seize these situations to humiliate, and metaphorically tar, feather and run out on a rail, those who support conservative priniciples — even if it’s someone they enjoy watching on a Saturday aftenoon.
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Update: Today David Feherty has issued an apology to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid for his joke in D Magazine that went bad.
David Feherty was born on August 13, 1958 in Bangor, Northern Ireland so his age is 50. He is best known as a former European Tour and PGA Tour professional golfer, who currently works as a writer and broadcaster for CBS.
Dave spent most of his playing career in Europe, where he won five times and finished in the top ten of the European Tour’s Order of Merit twice, coming tenth in 1989 and eighth in 1990. He spent 1994 and 1995 playing mainly on the PGA Tour, and the best result on the tour was a second place finish at the 1994 New England Classic. His combined career prize money exceeded $3 million.
He retired in 1997 from both the European and PGA Tour and joined CBS Sports as an on-course reporter and golf analyst. David Feherty is also a frequent contributor to Golf Magazine and has his own column in the back of the magazine called ‘Sidespin’. He is also the New York Times and Booksense bestselling author of three books, A Nasty Bit of Rough, Somewhere in Ireland a Village Is Missing an Idiot, and David Feherty’s Totally Subjective History of the Ryder Cup.
David Feherty has had a long struggle with depression and alcoholism, which he publicly addressed in 2006. In an interview with Golf Magazine about his problems, David said that his therapy for depression was instrumental with him getting off the bottle, saying that “I used alcohol to mask my inner demons”. The outspoken columnist then took a shot at actor and noted Scientologist Tom Cruise, who has said that therapy and drugs are useless and that depression can be cured by physical exercise:
“Actually, some sort of exercise would have helped me. If I kicked the sh*t out of Tom Cruise, I’d feel a lot better about myself.”
Recently, Davide Feherty has again come under fire for his outspokeness when he for a joke he wrote in a Dallas magazine article that suggested American soldiers would be just as likely to knock off House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Harry Reid as they would Osama bin Laden.
More photos and a video from Dave Feherty are below.
Dave Feherty Video