By Ryan Ekvall | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON – Morons from across the media spectrum, including readers, successfully shut down a local businessman’s attempt to remember victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Marc Watts, owner of Tumbledown Trails Golf Course in Verona, advertised a Wednesday special: Nine holes of golf for $9.11, to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the event that has defined a generation.
The result? A general releasing of the hounds.
“What’s a brutal tragedy compared with cheap golf?” reads the lead from the New York Daily News. Ironic, because the publication is itself a brutal tragedy. Seriously, look at the “editor’s picks” from Tuesday.
CBS Sports’ headline: “Golf course offers 9/11 promotion and it is pretty awful.”
Fox News called the promotion “tasteless” and posted a Facebook comment:
“9/11 is a painful, frightening memory for those of us who were living and growing up in the Northeast,” another commenter wrote. “For those who were there and who lost parents, relatives and friends, it is a nightmare they must face at this time every year for the rest of their lives. To exploit these horrors for profit is sickening.”
To that commenter, as a fellow Northeasterner, I’d like to say, blow it out your chowder-hole. Kindly direct your faux-outrage to the U.S. security state or the families of 9/11 victims who have long been denied a new investigation into the attacks.
Watts was shamed into writing an apology on the golf course’s FaceBook page:
“We would first like to apologize to everyone that we have upset or feels we have disrespected in anyway. By no means did we mean to do this. Here is what we will do this Wednesday 9-11; we will still let all that have tee times booked play for the previous rates we posted,” he wrote.
“Then for all other golf that day we would like to donate the $ difference between our normal rate and the previous price for the day to the 9/11 Memorial.
“We hope that everyone will now see this as a positive as we really meant it to be. Again we do sincerely apologize for offending anyone & hope that you do accept our sincere apology.
After reported death threats, menacing pledges to burn down the golf club facilities and other threats worthy only of terrorists, the owner wrote:
“Please stay tuned to see if we will be open on Weds 9/11. We are now worried about what people will do/say to our staff & do not want anything to happen or get out of control.
“Sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused anyone.”
Watts, who has run the promotion since 2011, says he’ll have to find another way to commemorate Sept. 11 next year.
Now, along with the many civil liberties taken from Americans due to the dangerous mixture of terrorists and statists, Internet trolls and a pearl-clutching media ready to create or pounce on faux outrages may have robbed some Madison-area golfers the chance to play nine for $9.11.
Instead of father and son hitting the holes for a discount Wednesday, perhaps it would be more respectful for them to stay indoors and watch nonstop Sept. 11 tributes on all the major networks backed by massive ad buys.
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