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Augusta Golf Fight Moves Into Cyberspace
AP via NYTimes.com ^ | 12/18/2002

Posted on 12/18/2002 8:00:19 AM PST by GeneD

Filed at 10:35 a.m. ET

Nearly 30 companies whose chief executives are members at all-male Augusta National now belong to another exclusive club.

They are listed in the ``Hall of Hypocrisy,'' the slogan on a Web site launched Tuesday night by Martha Burk and the National Council of Women's Organization in the latest attempt to pressure the golf club into inviting women to join.

The site -- www.augustadiscriminates.org -- made its debut about the time Burk appeared on HBO's ``Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.''

``We think it is important for women to know that some of America's largest corporations maintain a double standard when it comes to sex discrimination,'' Burk said.

As usual, she pulls no punches.

The main page displays logos of 32 groups with ties to Augusta. They include 29 corporations, Harvard University, CBS and its parent company, Viacom. CBS Sports has broadcast the Masters for the last 46 years.

Each corporate link shows a photo of the chairman or CEO, the company's diversity statement if it has one, and the goods and services it provides. A headline proclaims that the company, because its boss is an Augusta member, supports discrimination.

``They ask for support from women as investors, employees, purchasers,'' the entry says. ``But their corporation is led by a man who shows his contempt for women every day that he continues as a member of Augusta National Golf Club.''

Burk said the site was aimed at consumers, and the timing of the launch was no accident.

``We're in the middle of the holiday buying season,'' she said. ``The power of the marketplace will be strong, and consumers will make informed decisions.''

Augusta National spokesman Glenn Greenspan said the site ``is simply not news'' because it is the work of a Washington activist group.

``It's political activism 101,'' he said.

It's not the only Web site devoted to the controversy.

A North Carolina man two weeks ago launched www.golfersforarealcause.org with two objectives -- to raise money for breast cancer research, and to divert attention from Burk.

Also, a Florida man built www.theburkstopshere.com as a collection of Web sites to protest Burk and her efforts to get Augusta National to admit a female member.

Burk said it took five people several days to pull together information about the various corporations, including their positions on diversity and contact information.

``I hope that consumers will let these people know how they feel about the double standards, and I hope they will make informed decisions,'' she said.

The controversy over the male-only membership at the home of the Masters already has resulted in club chairman Hootie Johnson's dropping television sponsors from next year's tournament.

Former CBS executive Thomas Wyman resigned his club membership two weeks ago, while Treasury Secretary nominee John Snow resigned from Augusta so it would not be an issue during his confirmation hearings.

Otherwise, the debate is at a standstill.

Johnson said in an interview last month that there was no chance Augusta National would invite a woman to join before the Masters in April and that he saw nothing wrong with a single-gender organization.

Demonstrations outside the gates of Augusta during the Masters appear inevitable, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson of the PUSH/Rainbow Coalition offered to lead the charge.

Burk said the primary goal of her group's Web site is to put pressure on CEOs.

``They should be uncomfortable,'' she said. ``They're not in the business of defending sex discrimination for a few guys at Augusta. They're in the business of selling goods and services. I hope their board of directors take a look at what this is doing to their image.

``There is enough corporate scandals in the financial sector,'' Burk said. ``They don't need a social scandal, and that's exactly what this is.''

Burk also received support from Jane Smith, chief executive of Business and Professional Women/USA.

``... CEOs who belong to Augusta National Golf Club may also be lax in supporting corporate policies to pay women fairly and promote women in equal numbers with men,'' said Smith, an NCWO member.

The next target for the Web site is the PGA Tour.

Burk said the tour, which has a policy of not going to golf courses that discriminate, is setting a double standard by recognizing the Masters as an official tournament. She plans to add its official sponsors to her list and to showcase the tour's board of directors.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: augustanational; cbssports; hootiejohnson; howellraines; internet; jessejackson; johnsnow; marthaburk; masters; newyorktimes; pgatour; thomaswyman; viacom
"The debate is at a standstill"?!?!?

That's wasn't how we planned it, HOWELL RAINES!!!!!

1 posted on 12/18/2002 8:00:20 AM PST by GeneD
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To: GeneD
How many of these protesting NAGs went to all female schools, where 40-50% were indoctrinated into, ahem, preferring women. Time to close all single sex AND single race schools as they are breeding grounds for intolerance.
2 posted on 12/18/2002 8:06:42 AM PST by evolved_rage
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To: evolved_rage
Well, I guess this means that ole Trent won't be invited to join Augusta...
3 posted on 12/18/2002 8:07:44 AM PST by ken5050
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To: ken5050
The left is mimicking the PLO, Al-qaeda and Hamass in its tactics.
4 posted on 12/18/2002 8:08:59 AM PST by evolved_rage
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To: evolved_rage
Ha, this is the type of site that will get about 100 hits a year, all from dedicated feminazis. We used to call this preaching to the choir.
5 posted on 12/18/2002 8:09:18 AM PST by joebuck
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To: GeneD
LOL! When they finally get a chick membership in Augusta, they'll really believe they accomplished something.

I'm glad I live in a country where idle rich yentas have so much time on their hands that they see this as important.

In many countries, women face real problems everyday, like feeding their children or not getting shot by their leftist government.

6 posted on 12/18/2002 8:12:45 AM PST by dead
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To: dead
I'm glad I live in a country where idle rich yentas have so much time on their hands that they see this as important.

Great line! I wished I'da written it. Which I will next time the subject comes up. ROTFLMBO

7 posted on 12/18/2002 8:18:28 AM PST by geedee
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To: GeneD
I would imagine it will be only a short time before she's hit with something from the attorneys representing these companies about using their logos and trademarks without permission.
8 posted on 12/18/2002 8:18:29 AM PST by Bikers4Bush
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To: GeneD
I heard that Michael Skakel is looking for a new golf partner.
9 posted on 12/18/2002 8:19:24 AM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: joebuck
Should be titled "Group posts entirely predictable tendentious press release on newfangled information superhighway site where nobody will ever see it again."

I'll consider the fight has been "brought to cyberspace" when their site has 1/10th of one percent of the active participants FR has.
10 posted on 12/18/2002 8:25:36 AM PST by Norman Conquest
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To: geedee
Thanks.

Repeat liberally (so to speak.)

11 posted on 12/18/2002 8:34:08 AM PST by dead
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To: GeneD
Wait a minute, their own website admits:

"Augusta is considered a model tournament for its beauty, decorum and tradition. "

So Ms. Burk wants to affect this tournament, this private club, and change Augusta's tradition?

12 posted on 12/18/2002 8:39:25 AM PST by Lou L
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To: GeneD
Otherwise, the debate is at a standstill.

Yep, the Times better start gearing up for more editorials.

13 posted on 12/18/2002 8:39:40 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: dead
Augusta is a bastion of tradition. One of the few truely traditional places left in the USA. Some people exist solely to destroy tradition, whether it be a golf club or the Boy Scouts. A lack of tradition in America causes fragmentation of the masses of like minded people who believe fervently in defending their individual and collective freedoms. I am not really interested in golf per se, but I believe that traditions, whether they be same sex organizations, historical organizations, religous or instructional exist to hurt nobody, but further the causes and belief of the members. They have that right to support like minded tradition. Especially tradition that hurts nobody physically. So what if feelings are hurt! Some people will cry about anything to get attention.
14 posted on 12/18/2002 8:47:20 AM PST by o_zarkman44
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To: o_zarkman44
Very well said.
15 posted on 12/18/2002 9:09:34 AM PST by Bikers4Bush
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To: GeneD
The Gray Lady is beating this issue to death.
16 posted on 12/18/2002 9:11:41 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: GeneD
No need to worry, Burk's group will fail just like the Million Mommy gun grabbers did.
17 posted on 12/18/2002 9:15:49 AM PST by ServesURight
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To: GeneD
Martha Burk aka 'that wretched woman with too much time on her hands' fails to acknowledge that women ARE allowed to play the course at the invitation of any member of the golf course.It isn't as if there are never any women in the clubhouse or having drinks after playing 18 holes. I still stand behind Mr. Johnson 100% for not caving into this nonsense.Isn't there like a 30,000 person waiting list or some freak number like that? Oh yeah lets just put women at the front of the line.No Martha, you won't win this one on your time, no matter how many articles the New York Slimes prints in your favor. This action will be done on Mr. Johnsons time.
18 posted on 12/18/2002 1:30:01 PM PST by Pagey
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To: GeneD
Y'know what would solve this thing tomorrow? If the 300 members at Augusta all came out of the closet and admitted that they were homosexual. Protest over.

I mean, you think feminists are going to protest at a bunch of gay guys who just want to be left alone to play golf? Uh uh. Not at all politically correct. Who wants to be accused of being a homophobe? On the contrary, this is their civil right, isn't it? Of course it is. Gay men should be left in peace to live their own lives.

Not white heterosexual males, though. No way. The discrimminating S.O.Bs!!

Rights for women!!

19 posted on 12/18/2002 1:56:56 PM PST by marshmallow
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To: GeneD
I would suggest that Mr. Snow did not resign from Augusta to avoid a confirmation hearing problem. That issue will come up regardless of his resignation.

I suspect that he resigned to avoid putting the club and his fellow members at Augusta National through an additional cause for editorials from Howell Raines. I will also bet that he hated the whole idea of this resignation. He is paying a high price for service to the country (money and personal).

I wonder what President Eisenhower might have told Ms. Burk had she questioned his membership at Augusta or for that matter, at Blindbrook.

20 posted on 12/18/2002 2:01:58 PM PST by JonH
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To: GeneD
"We think it is important for women to know that some of America's largest corporations maintain a double standard when it comes to sex discrimination, " Burk said.

There is a difference between legal sex discriminition and illegal sex discriminition, and big mouth Burke knows it. But she is trying to blend the two forms of sex discrimination together for PR effect.

21 posted on 12/18/2002 2:05:24 PM PST by judgeandjury
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To: GeneD
"... CEOs who belong to Augusta National Golf Club may also be lax in supporting corporate policies to pay women fairly and promote women in equal numbers with men," said Smith, an NCWO member.

I just love this statement. Stick the word "may" in a sentence and you can make all kinds of assumptions. Hey, I "may" have murdered my wife today. The last time I saw her was at home a few hours ago and nobody else has seen her since. Is there at least the slightest chance, from somebody else's viewpoint, that I murdered her? Yes. But did I? No, of course not. But still, somebody could accurately say that I "may" have murdered her, until I can prove otherwise.

22 posted on 12/18/2002 2:17:33 PM PST by judgeandjury
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To: GeneD
Piss on HBO and their owndership for giving this bitch hag Burk airtime.
23 posted on 12/18/2002 2:22:34 PM PST by Guillermo
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To: Guillermo
*ownership
24 posted on 12/18/2002 2:22:47 PM PST by Guillermo
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To: GeneD
"The next target for the Web site is the PGA Tour.

Burk said the tour, which has a policy of not going to golf courses that discriminate, is setting a double standard by recognizing the Masters as an official tournament. She plans to add its official sponsors to her list and to showcase the tour's board of directors."

The PGA Tour has nothing to do with the Masters.

25 posted on 12/18/2002 2:24:51 PM PST by groanup
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