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Job Creator Azinger Runs Afoul Of ESPN Policy

Paul Azinger's Tweet about his job creating prowess and the Presidents decision to play golf on his vacation got the once-a-year ESPN announcer a slap on the wrist. John Strege explains how the "discipline" was consistent with another ESPN announcer's comment about Sarah Palin.

Of course, Azinger has been a WD machine in 2011, citing a foot in mouth injury.

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I always thought that true conservatives thought the government shouldn't/couldn't be in the job-creating business. You know, any "government" job wasn't a real one, anyway. Hasn't his 15 minutes of fame for adapting the pod concept in the Ryder Cup just about ended?
08.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Poor Zinger - he choked away the Open to the most graceless winner ever. No wonder he's bitter and twisted. It's a shame that his super-ego demands affiliation to all those CEOs and macho managers, and military types, and all his self-loathing is dumped on liberals, welfare moms, government workers, and the rest of the pinko-fag conspiracy of the weak. For his sake let's hope it doesn't cost him his job. For our sake, maybe it would be a good thing.
08.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSmithy
Azinger was just listing facts. He starts out by saying, "Facts". And his stated facts are indeed facts. The President has played more golf than Azinger. And, as a business owner, Azinger has created more jobs than the President. There have been no stimulus bills passed and Cass Sunstein is busy rapidly creating regulations not approved by Congress that kill job growth. Honestly, I don't understand what the controversy is here.
08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSmitty
And nobody took more vacation time than the last President. There, now that we've balanced out the smack at right and left, can we please get back to actual golf talk? :)
08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPete the Luddite
If you threw Phil and Zinger into a think tank they would both drown (h/t to Joan Rivers).
Conveniently left off the article is that Kenny Mayne is still making political statements on Twitter - as recently as a couple of weeks ago. And Adam Schefter also doesn't seem to care about "the policy" either, as he has several political tweets. Then again, so long as you're towing the company line at ABC...
08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor Anderson
Charmless and short sighted as ever. I wish him well with his health but someone needs to do us all a favor and put this braying donkey out to pasture. Like way out in the back of the pasture so he doesn't continue to make the golf world a less appealing and enjoyable place.
08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim
I sure don't care to be reading tweets from golf personalities on politics OR religion. Out-of-bounds by Azinger, I'll go ahead and write him down for a double bogey.

And oh yeah, about The Pod System...way overrated.
08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRM
The Right is always so convinced of both its rightness and righteousness. Obama's largely been a failure but, my god, he's Mount Rushmore material compared with that wretched Palin woman.
08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAK47

Palin? Who's she? Oh, right. The failed candidate for VP who then quit her job midway through rather than deal with partisanship, then went on tour to hype partisanship. Yeah, I think I've heard of her....

Sorry, couldn't resist. She makes my blood boil.... :)
08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPete the Luddite
when are people going to wake up and realize that the "Left" and "Right" paradigms are just tools used to divide us and make us argue over insignificant trivial matters instead of looking to see who's really pulling the political strings behind the curtain. Wake up folks!

It wouldn't surprise me to see Zinger get canned if he doesn't formally apologize or get "censured" by having less on-air time.
08.29.2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
OK, I'll bite: What are these jobs Azinger claims to have created?
08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMJS
Comment 4: I'm a thinker.
08.29.2011 | Unregistered Commenterpasaplayer

Thanks. i like to think that I like to think, I think. :)

Let's realllly stir the pot. Who do you think uses belly putters more: the Right or the Left? :)
08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPete the Luddite
This just proves my feelings that Twitter makes stupid people sound even more stupid.

Really? Paul, I create jobs everyday by going to the store and purchasing 100$ worth of crap. So what is your point? If you don't like the Prez thats ok, but your tweet does nothing but reveal the more of the rights idioctic feelings toward the Prez. Geez can you guys say anything that goes beyond junior high level reasoning. Worse than the lefts reaction to bush.
08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterA3golfer
Paul how can you expect a jobs bill from the Prez if you don't believe in big government?
08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterHolden Caulfield
@PtL: Definitely the RIGHT! But, of course, we Lefty Golfers are fewer and farther between in this country that any other golfing country except perhaps Mexico. So it really is a foregone conclusion. LOL.

"I think therefore I am. I think." Jeebus. I sound like the Moody Blues.
I wonder if he was critical of W who famously told intelligence briefers at his ranch that they had "covered their asses" when they warned him about Al Qaeda possibly plotting attacking buildings with planes? ESPN should create a job by firing this jackass.
08.29.2011 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
shut the f*% up ZInger...and if i hear one more thing about that "Pod" concept I am going to go screaming into the night
08.29.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
Paul one way the Prez Obama created jobs is by increasing troop levels in Afghanistan x 3. Lots of military industrial jobs and private security vigilante jobs. Isn't this right up your POD, Paul? God bless your ignorance Paul now get out there and create some jobs so you alone can save the economy!
08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterA3 golfer
Zinger's and Phil's recent political rantings make as much sense as Obama telling people how to play golf
08.29.2011 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
Azinger who?
08.29.2011 | Unregistered Commenterredneck
Obama hates business, merit and hard work. Zinger rocks. Why don't you whiny libs start a business, buy equipment, hire people and see how it goes with the pres trying to destroy you. Call me when you need a bailout.

P.S. Tiger is still a scuz
08.29.2011 | Unregistered Commentercalvin coolidge
Bailout? Who the f cares. It helps big Corp. You on the right should LOVE bailouts. Stop pretending to be anything other than a closet socialist.

And by the way Bin Laden is DEAD. Suck on that From your greasy tea cup. And when your beach house gets flooded and destroyed from Hurricane Irene then don't take my tax dollars to rebuild your life cause your taste in draperies makes me dizzy.
08.29.2011 | Unregistered CommenterA3 golfer
@cal: Aren't you supposed to remain silent? Far be it from me to equate the DJIA with the economy, but:

1/23/09: 8077.56
+42.9% since Obama's inauguration, even with the recent swoon.

Talk to Zinger and get your story straight about how the President hates business, especially Big Banks.

That is all.
Obama created more jobs in his 3 year term than Bush did in his 8 years. Azinger knows not of what he speaks.

When rich blinkered athletes speak, write or tweet about politics, it's usually groan-worthy, but this is over the top even for that chattering class.

The simple reality is Obama is centrist, semi-conservative leader in a country that has swing waaaay to the right.

And as for him not being friendly to the banks - please! If he had done what he should have done, most of the big bank execs would be spending time buying smokes from Bernie Madoff.

I used to follow Azinger on Twitter, but his right-wing rantings, which alternated with pictures of him catching huge fish off his yacht, were just too sick making.

Stick to talking golf Paul - it's all you are good at any more.
08.30.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCouchMaster
@KY - For the better than $1T investment we as tax payers made into Wall Street, I think the ROI is awful. It ballooned corporate values at the extreme expense of the tax payer - we printed money we didn't have to prop up corporations. Now, we'll pay in a myriad of ways like inflation, higher taxes and reduced government spending on what it ought to be spending money on. Not investing in mega-banks and corporations "too big to fail".

There's a reason that Warren Buffett loves the current administration and his investments, not his words, speak volumes.
08.30.2011 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor Anderson
@Taylor: You'll get no argument from me. The notion that any American President is anti-business is absurd, however. Only someone who should be paying tuition to Glenn Beck University can believe such a thing. As for Warren Buffet, exactly. Goldman Sachs and BoA are sitting pretty; his money is safe. On the other hand, I read that Lloyd Blankfein has hired a criminal lawyer, so there is hope.

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