Thanks to reader KC for the heads up that Golfweek announced this morning that the editor in charge of its cover that featured a noose and dealt with the Lynchgate fiasco has been handed his walking papers. Dave Seanor, Golfweek’s editor, was fired over the cover, and the magazine’s publisher apologized:
“We apologize for creating this graphic cover that received extreme negative reaction from consumers, subscribers and advertisers across the country,” Turnstile Publishing Co. president William P. Kupper Jr. said. “We were trying to convey the controversial issues with a strong and provocative graphic image. It is now obvious that the overall reaction to our cover deeply offended many people. For that, we are deeply apologetic.”
I wonder about firing an editor — especially since it appears he reported directly to Kupper. I would have thought that with such a potentially explosive cover, Kupper would have been kept in the loop and even made the decision on whether to run with it. Either way, as they say, sewage flows downhill, and with Golfweek’s owners getting hammered with negative feedback, it was bound to rain down on someone.
Interesting that Tilghman wasn’t fired (yet) over her remarks, but now her comments have taken someone else in the industry down.