Mr. W.W. "Hootie" Johnson
Augusta National Golf Club
2604 Washington Road
Augusta, Georgia 30904

Dear Mr. Johnson:

Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media said at the recent New York Times annual meeting that the paper seemed more anxious to "liberate" Augusta National Golf Club than Saddam Hussein's Iraq. This is a sad commentary on the Times under executive editor Howell Raines, who imposes his eccentric views on the Times. We are members of Accuracy in Media, a media watchdog organization, and we took great offense at how the Times and other special interest groups tried to intimidate and bully you. We want you to know that we agree with you that this is a free country, and that a private club should make its own rules, free of outside pressures. There is growing recognition that the Times abused its power, and that its credibility has suffered as a result. Please don't flinch in the face of continued attacks.