Hume complains of "double standard" on Woods comments

The Fox News personality hasn't given up the victim act he started after telling the golfer to convert


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Alex Koppelman
January 8, 2010 6:10AM (UTC)

Brit Hume is sticking with his story.

The Fox News personality has previously claimed there was anti-Christian bias at work in the reaction to his telling Tiger Woods, "Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world." In one recent interview, he continued that theme, and extended it.

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Hume told the conservative CNSNews.com, "There is a double standard. If I had said, for example, that what Tiger Woods needed to do was become more deeply engaged in his Buddhist faith or to adopt the ideas of Hinduism, which I think would be of great spiritual value to him, I doubt anybody would have said anything."

Hume's right that the reaction would have been different if he'd just encouraged Woods "to become more deeply engaged in his Buddhist faith," but it's rather amazing that he can't see the actual difference. It's not about bias against Christians -- always an amazing claim to make, I think, in a country in which fully 76 percent of the population identifies as Christian -- but about the fact that he used his platform at Fox to, essentially, tell Woods and millions of other Buddhists that their faith is inferior to his. It's about the pompous, self-righteous way in which he did it too.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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