At the time we were somewhat amused. Flabby and flaccid Barack Obama, his “manboobs” passing for pectoral muscles, to us was never a paragon of masculinity or the masculine form. Our amusement was such that we even kinda, sorta, in a way, defended Obama.
At the time we were somewhat amused. We received repeated outraged communications about Obama on the cover of Men’s Health magazine. Why, we were asked, was Obama on the cover of the magazine? Why?
We kinda, sorta, defended Obama by saying Obama was an egomaniac that loved to see himself on the cover of magazines. Obama, we replied, was the type of person that wanted to garner more attention than the corpse at a funeral. Obama, we replied, was the type of person that wanted to garner more attention than the bride at a funeral.
Something very recently happened which reminded us of those outraged communications about Obama on the cover of Men’s Health magazine. Tiger Woods happened.
Biracial celebrity Tiger Woods and biracial celebrity Barack Obama, those similarities (as well as base gossip) compelled us to check out what was going on. The stories were gossip drenched and lurid. Drugs, drunks, fantasy sex with baseball player Derek Jeter and actor David Boreanaz, trashed houses and a man with the Dickensian name of David Pecker.
Tiger had hit a tree with his SUV in the early morning hours and slowly but surely the truth emerged that he was having multiple extramarital affairs and his wife found out and chased him with a golf club which led to more and more revelations which exposed a side of Tiger Woods few knew about.
But quite a few did indeed know about Tiger Woods and his extramarital activities and bizarre behavior and self-medication. In fact, the reliable gossip bible the National Enquirer had the Tiger Wood story of bizarre behavior and extramarital affairs (along with photographs of Tiger in coitus) several years ago. But the National Enquirer kept the story hush-hush.
Woods’ camp, fearful of a potential public-relations nightmare in spring 2007, allegedly agreed to do a cover for Men’s Fitness — a magazine owned by the Enquirer’s parent company, American Media, former Men’s Fitness editor-in-chief Neal Boulton said yesterday.
“[American Media CEO] David Pecker knew about Tiger Woods’ infidelity a long time ago,” Boulton told The Post. “[Pecker] traded silence for a Men’s Fitness cover.”
Boulton said he left his post in April 2007, as the seedy Woods-Men’s Fitness deal was completed.
As Mae West said “A little hush money can do a lot of talking.”
The Daily Mail has more on the National Enquirer deal with Tiger Woods:
Which brings us back to that car park, that surveillance team in the spring of 2007 and the scoop that could have exploded Tiger’s myth long before now. So what happened?
Put bluntly, Tiger sold himself to save himself – or at least his management did. With an exertion of power only possible by the very rich and very famous, a deal was struck.
In return for burying the story of Tiger’s affair, he would give an exclusive cover interview to a men’s health magazine owned by the same company as the tabloid.
According to our investigation, when ‘Team Tiger’ discovered that the tabloid magazine not only had blurry pictures of him and Mindy in the car park but evidence of the consummation, they went into a panic. Then they went to work.
Neal Boulton, an editor in the tabloid magazine’s company at the time, revealed: ‘They said, “What do we have to do not to let this get out?”‘
The answer was press the magazine’s publisher to withhold the story in return for Tiger appearing on the August 2007 cover of its stablemate publication, Men’s Fitness.
And so Tiger, who regularly declines interviews on the grounds that he is a ‘private’ person, struck beefcake-style poses and gave tips on diet, exercise and weightlifting.
The tabloid’s parent company insisted that the exclusive was not a quid pro quo.
A little hush money indeed can do a lot of talking. It can turn a flabby smoker into a “Hero of Health” and a cover on a men’s health magazine.
Deals and money can protect – for a while.
But eventually the truth – oozes out and explodes.
Eventually the conflagration flares and the American Götterdämmerung arrives.