CBS TO HEAR MORE PROTEST OVER BEN WRIGHT
Published December 14, 1995
The National Organization for Women and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance will hold a protest in New York today against CBS golf commentator Ben Wright over remarks he allegedly made last May about lesbianism on the LPGA Tour. The groups will call for a viewer boycott of CBS if Wright isn't "reprimanded" (Michael Hiestand, USA TODAY, 12/14). A current GOLFWEEK editorial calls on CBS to cut ties with Wright: "If CBS is truly committed to excellence in golf coverage, it will prepare a generous severance package for Mr. Wright" (GOLFWEEK, 12/9 issue). In his media column, GOLFWEEK's Dave Shedloski speaks with Dan Jenkins, who was quoted in the latest SI piece that claimed Wright admitted making the disparaging comments about women last May at the McDonald's LPGA Championships. Jenkins says SI took his quotes out of context, adding, "They misquoted me. They took out all the humor ... They attached an importance to it that wasn't warranted. They had their own agenda, in my opinion." SI Managing Editor Mark Mulvoy said the magazine "totally and unequivocally stands by the accuracy of the reporting of the story" (GOLFWEEK, 12/9 issue).