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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Tiger Woods during the first round of the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club."]

Tiger Woods: Why do we care?

(CNN) – Tiger Woods came roaring back yesterday after five straight months of scandal.

After his best first-round at the Masters ever, Tiger's two shots off the lead and his seemingly adoring fans are following his every move at Augusta National.

But is it his golf game we care about so much? Our Carol Costello will join us live with some insight. She's asking the question, "Tiger Woods: Why do we care?" Read more

Should Virginia observe Confederate History Month?

It started when Virginia's Governor, Bob McDonnell, reinstated April as Confederate History Month in his state. But during his announcement, the governor failed to make any mention of the word "slavery."

He's apologized, calling slavery "evil and inhumane," but that hasn't stopped the controversy. Matthew Whitworth, a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, supports observing Confederate History Month. He'll join us this morning along with Iman Shabazz, vice chairman for the Richmond Peace Education Center, who's against it. Read more

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  1. American Morning

    Thanks for the comments everyone, we read a bunch of them on the show. Have a great weekend and see you Monday!

    April 9, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  2. Melon

    Jimmy Lutz...

    You hear anywhere that Tiger hit his wife besides inside your head?

    April 9, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  3. Loraine

    I agree Virginia or any state should have the right to celebrate what they want. I also believe that we cannot forget our history – people that forget their history are doomed to repeat their past. But, let’s call designating April as Confederate month what it is – a political move. I wonder if the majority of the Virginia state representatives would vote ‘yes”, on behalf of their constituents, to celebrate Confederate month or was this initiative simply a promise kept by the governor to lobbyist supporters.

    April 9, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  4. Mitchell

    Almost all of these stories are just media driven. More entertainment than news. CNN you need to return to your core values of standing up for everything liberal, everything socolist.

    April 9, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  5. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Well I won't get involved in his personal life but as you know when their are personal problems at home it affects all members of the family including his mistresses and also his golf game. He may believe that if he seeking help he may get through this but his family are most important to revive than his golf game which shows what is more important in his life!

    April 9, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  6. Erin

    @Jane so the reason why people get "so sensitive" about this subject is that too many people feel like it isn't an issue anymore. this country is sooo subtly racist still. you can't compare celebrating Black history month to celebrating confederate history month. Black history month was to create equality. so that African Americans would be able to hold on to some of their history because it was being so terribly manipulated and ignored. people have not forgotten that the confederate war happened. its been discussed in all the history books since it happened. but i never had an African american culture class until I got to college. Up until then all i heard about was Martin Luther King jr, Harriet Tubman, and Malcom X. the history lesson was limited. it took an HBCU to give me the full story. so i know about the confederate war and i can't find anything about it that is worthy of a celebration.
    and to address your last statement, yes Black people did have great great grandfather included... and i know that because my parents tell me my history. but the difference is that while there were a few not so great parts to our history we do share that in our story, but civil rights is full of fighters, pioneers, movers and shakers. the confederate war was fought to maintain slavery and there's nothing positive about that. for anyone.

    April 9, 2010 at 9:14 am |
  7. Rick

    It is obvious that your budget has been cut for true and intresting news . It is a very small minority of people who care anything about Tiger Woods . When your station dribbles on about philandering promiscous people , is it because your producer is envious of of their life style, or are you just plain lazy? You are doing your station a disservice. Stop trying to be like fox snooze.....

    April 9, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  8. Allan

    I am sick to death of coverage about Tiger Woods personal life.

    Anyone who thinks Tiger's marital problems or the life and times of Michael Jackson warrant hours and hours of coverage must have a seriously distorted view of what is important in the world!

    April 9, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  9. Allan

    Frankly, I'm no big fan of Bart Stupak, but I think much of the anger against him is based on the lies and distortions of the so-called "conservative media".

    I was originally from Michigan and have many relatives in Northern Michigan... and I'm sad to say that some of those people are STILL talking about "Death Panels" and other false ideas they have been fed about the Health Care Bill!

    It is very sad that so many people can be misled by certain politicians and "news" people... to the point where they will actually work against their own best interests!

    April 9, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  10. kenneth

    The Nike commercial is fantastic! It is perfectly relevant. Like Tiger said, anyone who is close to their parents will always hear their advice in their heads. Ask a teenager! As to whether he was speaking directly to Tiger during the actual taping, I would ask "as opposed to an entirely made-up fictional dialogue like most other commercials?" Stop trying to be so analytical people!

    April 9, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  11. Chris

    The Confederacy is well understood in this country. A group of people wanted to brake up the Union so that they could be free to enslave other human beings. I am big on states rights but I don't remember there ever being another states rights issue that they were willing to go to such extremes for before the civil war. What we are willing to fight and die for says a lot about our character.

    April 9, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  12. Jane - WI

    If Bart Stupak is so confident that his vote on the health insurance bill was correct and that he voted the way his constituents wanted, why is he giving up his seat? I suspect the national party knew that he was a bad bet for re-election, and they "encouraged" him to let another Democrat try to keep the seat.
    A Presidential executive order does not trump the law. The abortion order that the President used to buy the vote of Stupak is not worth the paper it was written on. Mr. Stupak was "had" by this White House, and got fooled into voting for the bill.
    His constituents aren't happy with his vote, and now he is afraid to face them for re-election. He chose to put party before his constituents when it came to this vote.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  13. Johnny Lutz

    I already left my comments on this website about 30 minutes ago on Tiger Woods.
    i have NO intentions of wasting my time watching him bat a little ball around.....similar to him batting his wife around too, wouldn't you say?

    April 9, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  14. Cynthia B

    As a passionate golfer and someone in recovery for 7 years, I've sat quietly watching every development in the "Tiger drama" unfold, exasperated by the insensitivity of the public and press that cannot allow Tiger to work through his healing and growth toward a better person with any degree of respect for his very personal pain and privacy. Recovery is a process. It doesn't happen overnight. There are 12 steps for a reason! And you can't do them all at once! And yes, the American public has and always will love to watch a "train wreck" as you stated on the American Morning show this morning.

    Yesterday I watched every moment of the Master's, cheering Tiger on with tears of joy for his "progress, not perfection" (a 12 step mantra). It has to be impossibly difficult to live out the "human condition" which we all represent, under such public scrutiny and analysis. After watching yesterday, I finally know that Tiger is doing great! He will survive and thrive as I have if he stays with "the program." People CAN and DO change. I know. I did.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  15. Gloria

    I believe the magazines are a part of the media frenze regarding Tiger Woods. I also think it is time news should include more then personal scandals, spectacular crimes and accidents, weather, sportiut s, and politcal spin. How about factual reporting in depth with out spin.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  16. E birdsley

    The Woods story is all about the media profits. You wonder why bullying is such a problem in this Country, well look to the media as the problem. You bully people like Tiger and set the tone for listeners. same with politics.
    I want to know who could afford to have a banner made up and fly over The Masters to bully a player. Now that would be a story.

    Define what it is to bully to you.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  17. kenneth

    Its insane to celebrate truly negative. Just as African Americans shouldn't wallow in the negative past because the future is here, whites shouldn't celebrate the negative past. To celebrate the Confederacy is delusional in that you think you can separate the ugliness from the good. It was the past. Now focus on the present and the future. Your strength, energy, and good will are needed. America has real enemies that don't care what side of the mason-dixon line your ancestors were on.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  18. flashoverride

    Why are there no tea party members in your commentary? Why are you only interviewing Democrats?

    April 9, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  19. Maggie

    I am commenting about the piece just done at 8:45 EST about the soldiers who shot the innocent people. The psychiatry professor should know that the weapons technology that we have only makes war more accurate, therefore killing less innocent people.

    Mistakes like this happen in war, when innocent people get killed. To show a piece like this makes the soldiers feel guilty about these things, therefore perpetuating their post traumatic stress. Don't make their jobs harder than they are. They are the reason for our security. We owe the soldiers everything we have in the US, and should not be questioning their judgement. And the solider was correct when he commented "Well, it's the parents fault for bringing their kids into battle."
    That is most certainly true. Support our troops.
    Thank you,
    Maggie, Connecticut

    April 9, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  20. Pauly

    We also honor all those who died on the battlefield! It's called Memorial Day!!! For all Americans who died in battle, not just the north and/or south!!! For all those that died on foreign soil as well!!! We HONOR them, we don't celebrate their deaths!!!

    April 9, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  21. Elizabeth

    Please stop showing the video of the fallen journalist. I must be very traumatic for the families.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  22. Melon

    Stupak should retire. He went against the wishes of the people who elected him – like most most politicians.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  23. Mike

    I think it's hiarious that a media person/talking head says that all the people they know are talking about Tiger Woods. This story is ssoo media driven. I am a huge sports fan and so are many of the people I talk to daily. These are regular folk, not people who work in or are personal friends of someone in the media. Not one time has anyone just struck up a conversation about Tigers sexual dalliances. I would even go as far as to say that if put on the spot, MOST men would admit that they could care less about this story. The people most interested in this story are non-sports fans and women who have been hurt by infidelity.
    When the excuse is used that the public must be interested because the story is on the front page of all the tabloid magazines, this proves my point again. No card carrying, true sports fan would ever waste money on those trashy magazines, but their ex-wives would!

    April 9, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  24. John

    I watch the Masters because I want to see Tiger Woods have an affair on the golf course. Are you serious CNN? I work grave yard and at work they have CNN up all night so I've been following your programming all night. I'm tired of hearing about the Tiger Woods "scandal". The man plays good golf and that's all most people are concerned with. What happens in this man's personal life should be just that. Personal. You know why gossip magazines paste his picture on their covers? It's not that people care about his scandal, it's that the gossip magazines WANT consumers to care because the more copies they can sell, they take it to the bank. Plus that's what they are GOSSIP magazines. Since when did CNN traded in news worthy reporting for gossip news? No more Tiger. No more Paris Hilton. PLEASE!!!

    Also all those who are quick to pass jugdement on Tiger better look in to their own lives to make sure they are squeaky clean before passing judgement.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  25. Stafford

    Instead of the celebration of confederacy month. How about us truely working toward the real coming together of all the good, honorable people in america and American history. Why don't we actually work toward the real upliftment of the descendants of those poor and unfortunate slaves. How about us all working for the removal of the lingering effects of slavery, racism, jim crow [ undercover discrimination ] and unequal treatment/opportunity. Why don't we all find something in common that is really honorable to celebrate. And by the way what is and was the Govenor thinking. Is this his way of expressing his true feelings toward the sence of achievement that black people feel with the election of the first black President.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  26. Jane - WI

    It seems many in the black community want to blame slavery on their social ills today. Many of the problems in the black community are due to lack of family and lack of schooling. Slavery is not the cause of that. Slavery is not making the kids drop out of high school. Slavery is not making them have babies out of wedlock and at a very young age. Slavery is not making them use drugs.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  27. Pauly

    The south lost!!! What's to celebrate? The country honors Vets of all wars, including those that fought on both sides of the Civil War!!! It's called Veteran's Day!!!

    April 9, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  28. Miriam L. Emerson

    The "forgiveness" between Nike and Tiger Woods is between "them". What happened to advertising the benefits of the products/services? This AD is disrespectful to the American public, the advertising environment, the golf environment, and to OUR diceased parents. It also opens doors to this macab type of advertising image for future advertising campaigns. How sad it is.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  29. David in SC

    Today you have Newt Ginrinch making the inflamatory comments about President Obama. Then, you have a story about Bart Stupek retiring and commenting it maybe the lack of civility in Congress.


    I'm tired of hearing what appears to be those on the right making such inflamatory comments and then hearing stories about threats to Congressman. Let's tone down the rhetoric.

    We need healthy debate. But, comment such as Gingrinch and Limbugh are going too far.

    Oh, yes, I am still embarrassed to be from the same state as Congressman Joe Wilson (You Lie)!!

    April 9, 2010 at 8:44 am |
  30. Andrea

    I acknowledge what Tiger did was wrong, however it was personal and should be handled as such. Tiger is not the first, nor will he be the last man or woman to be caught cheating! His issue: he got caught! Let those without sin throw the 1st stone.

    I personally believe this is personal payback, the media was/is upset that he was so private. The Media has a "We made you, so we can bring you down" mentality and you see it in play right now.

    Leave Tiger alone! For every interview and mainstream newspaper or magazine report on Tiger is another day his wife and family must relive a very painful and private issue.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  31. Desiree Fleming

    Gossip is never positive. The fact that you pointed out that Mr. Woods was on the covers of all the gossip magazine is idiotic. CNN should focus on the facts, on being the the journalistic organization that people count on for the truth.
    The Tiger Woods situation is over and none of our business. And for you to insinuate that people are watching for a train wreck, continues to perpetuate the basest notion that we only want the worst in people. You should be reporting his game and how well he came back. Instead you want him to fail. That is so not right.
    I knew he would swagger back and prove you wrong. His parents raised him with the strength to overcome this adversity and he will. The ad is a reminder of that strength. So please stop looking for the train wreck and focus on his journey back. Be glad he excelling in the sport that has graciously embraced him..

    April 9, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  32. Thomas

    This is one thing that is quite frustrating in this country. People care about too many things that really do not matter. So what, the commercial features his deceased father! Obviously the message in the commercial means much more to Tiger than it ever will to any of us. The man has said he is sorry and he has to live with it for the rest of life. If you like his golf support him and be happy, if not go back to not caring about golf and move on. And although I am not a big fan of Nike, kudos for making such a bold move. The commercial was obviously brilliant because everyone is stuck on it and for some reason cannot move on.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  33. Janet Hurst

    I'm with Patrick!

    April 9, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  34. Mick

    I'm from WV and the main thing locals are talking about is our fallen miners and not Tiger Woods. I do think the media is blowing this Tiger thing out of proportion. Maybe the reason 20 million tuned in to golf is because their unemployment benifits ran out and their lives are so boring now they have esorted to watching golf!

    April 9, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  35. Jane - WI

    Just because there is a "Confederate History Month" does not mean it's a "celebration" of slavery or the south. It is a month, just as we have a Black History Month" to look at the past, study the history, and honor fellow Virginians (including blacks) who gave their lives during the War. As usual, we have a few who have to blow this out of proportion and make it all about race. Slavery has been gone for 150 years. It's time for people to move on and stop trying to be victims.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  36. Russell

    Disgusted by the Nike/Woods ad and will not be buying anymore Nike products for my young children or myself. The blatant manipulation, insincerity and arrogance of both Nike and Woods is repulsive, very dishonorable and is to be shunned. Absolutely disgusting.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  37. Paul Spottek

    Good morning,

    Never mind all the B S about Tiger. I'm 77, in pretty good shape and have just one question: Tiger....what do you eat for breakfast?


    April 9, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  38. Janet Hurst

    Let the man play golf. His personal life is none of our business. Would you talk about yours to the media? His transgressions are a matter for his wife and himself, not us. He has apologized. Let it rest.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  39. Jerome Williams

    I for one am glad he played great! I know what it's like to have your personal struggles highlighted, magnified and then played back to you over and over. And after one mistake, to have everything you do examined with a microscope. The man made a mistake and he apoligized for it. Let him run his race. Time will tell who the winner is. It will also tell if he is truly on the right track.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  40. Lady golfer

    Why can't the media let go. Those of us that love the game of golf only care about the golf story. What Tiger does in his private life is his business. Those in the media that keep this story in the news want him to fail so that they have a story. They are not sports reporters so they need a story other than golf.

    We want to see outstanding golf and that is what he brings to the game. So media go find you another gossip story.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  41. courtney

    I do not think it is right to put his decised father on an add just to make him money. :/

    April 9, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  42. Chris

    It's simple in regards to Tiger: He is human along with every other celebrity and public figure, I was over it when it was disclosed he had a mistress......HE IS HUMAN. Also, the commercial is brilliant. Before tiger even stated "that is what my dad would have said to me", that is what I took from it- we as the viewer need to look at what we do and think "what would mom/dad/grandpa say to me if I do X, Y or Z"

    As for tabloids, magazines and news channels (including CNN), these stories make money, but I have not come across anyone in my daily work that wants to talk about this and I live in the Bible Belt, go figure. once we start being as concerned with our own lives as we do with tabloids and trivial stories, the better off our world will be.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  43. PB

    Most women want him to fail and most men don't care. The only thing he did wrong was getting married and who are we to throw stones (that means you..the Media). Let's open up your closet and see what we can find.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  44. Patrick

    I don't hear Tiger Woods' name come up anywhere but through the media.
    Carol Costello mentions his story is carried through the tabloids.
    Who the heck reads tabloids but people who love misery and gossip.
    Leave Woods out of the news unless it's about sports.


    April 9, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  45. Ivan K Johnson

    The Foundation of the whole confedaracy celebration is wrong to me. This is even more blatanl=tly clear after hearing one comment on your show this morning. This gentleman had the nerve to say that "Every discussion about world war II doesn't need to mention the Holocaust" The holocaust was a major Deciding factor for America entering world war II in Europe. Hitler's persucution "s were not just against the Hebrews's, He also murdered anyone who didn't meet up to his distorted view of german society was physically going to look like. Than he went even further by not just limiting the rights of these other class peoples, He deprived them of any right's whatsoever placed them in concentration camps, & undertook the sytematic murder of all these different groups of peoples. Anyone in Europe who disagreed with his motives or methods were then added to the group of those requiring annihalation. In the case of Slavery in this confederate celabration in Virginia, Slavery was the foundation of the Civil War (the latch or Lynch pin on which the other issues...hung?) As an African American Male who clearly sees racism on a daily basis not just alive in our nation, but actually growing. This is to me just more evidence of how if left untreated or ignored, A deadly virus tends to thrive & grow infecting the whole body, usually unto death. The confederate celabration in ignoring or minimalizing the slavery issue is not celabrating America's growth, but using that excuse to lay a false foundation when clearly at this point we see that there must be some other ulterior motive involved. There can be know discussion on the American Civil War 1 without addressing slavery acknowleding it's existance or denounceing it as An evil practice. without this admission within The Exact letter & wording of the celabration's purpose, It's just another Neo Nazi Rally on a state wide level. It's...AGAIN.. refusing to admit a wrongdoing To an entire race of people who have Fought & Died for this Nation since the American revolution. It is further evidence that the virus isn't even close to dead & is now showing it's growth outwardly.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  46. D. Lewis

    Hey, let's face it ... the ad is getting a heck of a lot of airtime. That's what advertizing is all about and that makes it very effective.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  47. Melon

    Stupak retiring... he seen that train coming and knew enough to jump off the tracks.... now maybe other Democrats will follow suit.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  48. Jane - WI

    Virginia should absolutely have Confederate History month is they want to. We have a Black History month. the Confederacy was a part of the history of this country and Virginia. Why should that state ignore it? Many people are uneducated about what the Confederacy was all about. All they think it was about was slavery. Perhaps this history month will help correct some of the misconceptions that certain Americans have. Slavery does not have to mentioned every time the Confederacy is mentioned. This obsession about race is getting old. No one is denying that slavery occurred and that it was wrong. Just because the word is not explicitly spelled out in this particular proclamation does not mean that it is being swept under the rug. Some people are being overly sensitive about this.

    Slavery's history included blacks being sold by their fellow blacks. That fact tends to be glossed over or ignored during black history month.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  49. Chris Myles

    As former Republican voters that are Virginia residents...we are disgusted with the absolute tunnel vision, out of touch and sometimes racist comments by the governor. The far-right extremist and tea-party exploitation of radical rather than bi-partisan ideas has chased many of us away, and will not pull me in as an Independent. The GOP wants a totalitarian government....American Taliban style.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:28 am |
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