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Fox News apparently did not edit out Tiger Woods’s references to Buddhism

Feb 21, 2010 Fox News apparently did not edit out Tiger Woods’s references to Buddhism

The Chinese script for the character “mu,” which means nothing. Why are so many intricate brush strokes needed to convey nothing? (The copyright was relinquished by this animated symbol’s creator. The symbol also is available here.)

NOTE: Please see my February 22, 2010, addendum at the end of this article. I am seriously questioning whether the video segment highlighted in Elephant Journal’s below-discussed blogpost was doctored or otherwise edited by someone outside of Fox News.

Someone recently asked me what I think about Tiger Woods’s marital scandal. I responded that the story does not interest me. It is a private matter involving a major celebrity who apparently tried to lead a very private life before this scandal.

To better update my answer, I was certainly intrigued that in his public statement two days ago, Mr. Woods mentioned his Buddhist upbringing: “Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don’t realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years. Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught.”

The Chinese Mu symbol, and link thereto, at the bottom right of my blog,  underlines the profound overlapping benefits I have derived from t’ai chi and Buddhism . I add the overlapping benefits of Taoism to the mix, as well.

UPDATE: See ADDENDUM I below. It seems Elephant Journal was barking up the wrong tree. @elephantjournal is very prolific on Twitter, and has several times on Twitter accused Fox News of censoring Mr. Woods’s Buddhist references from his public statement from this past Friday, and has blogposted in greater detail on this matter.  Not one to accept such accusations blindly, I did find the following part of Mr. Woods’s statement omitted from the Fox News Alert YouTube page’s purportedly complete video of Mr. Woods’s statement. The excised portion goes beyond Buddhist references, so perhaps the Fox News folks did the edit only to reach an eleven-minute video (but should have made that clear, if that was the case). I have not figured out whether the FoxNewsAlert page is run by FoxNews, or by someone else who possible edited out this text with the intention of having FoxNews accused of the editing. Here is the text that is omitted from the video on the FoxNewsAlert YouTube page:

Part of following this path for me is Buddhism, which my mother taught me at a young age. People probably don’t realize it, but I was raised a Buddhist, and I actively practiced my faith from childhood until I drifted away from it in recent years. Buddhism teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security. It teaches me to stop following every impulse and to learn restraint. Obviously I lost track of what I was taught.

“As I move forward, I will continue to receive help because I’ve learned that’s how people really do change. Starting tomorrow, I will leave for more treatment and more therapy. I would like to thank my friends at Accenture and the players in the field this week for understanding why I’m making these remarks today.

“In therapy I’ve learned the importance of looking at my spiritual life and keeping in balance with my professional life.”

I have looked on Google for any possible response from Fox on Elephant Journal’s accusation, but have found none thus far. UPDATE: See ADDENDUM I below.

ADDENDUM I: February 22, 2010. For the following reasons, I am seriously questioning whether the video segment highlighted in Elephant Journal’s above-discussed blogpost was doctored by someone outside of Fox News, unless the Fox website was updated as a result of Elephant Journal’s above-discussed accusations:

– The video about which Elephant Journal complains was uploaded by a YouTube subscriber named FoxNewsAlert. FoxNewsAlert is likely not run by Fox, in part when considering how infrequently FoxNewsAlert uploads videos (sometimes weeks apart) versus the FoxNewsChannel YouTube page, which uploads videos at least one video daily.

– The FoxNewsAlert Tiger Woods video blatantly shows a visual time-counter skip from 11:11 a.m. to 11:13 a.m. ET, which gap contains the omission of Mr. Woods’s Buddhism reference.

– Fox News’s website carries an Associated Press article covering the Dalai Lama’s response to a journalist’s questions about Mr. Woods’s reference to his Buddhist upbringing.

– Fox News’s website carries the full text of Mr. Woods’s apology.

– Purportedly uploaded February 19, 2010, is the Fox News website’s complete video of Mr. Woods’s apology.

– As an example of the need to remain on guard on the reliability of all media, including the so-called mainstream media, a USA Today blog reported on the Elephant Journal’s foregoing blog entry apparently without doing any independent fact checking.

Consequently, Fox apparently did not try to hide or delete any of Mr. Woods’s statement.

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