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Tiger Woods Hires Ari Fleischer

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First it was college football’s Bowl Championship Series. Then it was baseball slugger Mark McGwire during his steroid admission use tour.

Now, Ari Fleischer is handling the most high profile sports scandal of the past year, and maybe even the decade: Tiger Woods.

The former White House Press Secretary to George W. Bush was hired by Woods, the The NY Post reports, citing “two sources in the golf community.”

PRNewser was not able to confirm if Tiger had hired PR help before his recent press conference. However, with an upcoming appearance on March 25th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Woods clearly needs to be thinking about his public image.

One PR agency head we spoke with who has handled many high profile clients in situations similar to Woods told PRNewser today, “it’s about time they hired somebody, what were they waiting for?”

“Unlike his press conference he’s going to have to answer questions,” the agency head said.

Fleischer recently told ABC News that sports PR is “more relaxing” than politics. Will he think the same after his work with Woods?

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Ari Fleisher, Proud to Testify on Torture if Subpoenaed

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[Panelists Josh Rushing, Ari Fleischer, and Tina Brown, with moderator Gideon Yago. Photo by Diane Bondareff/IFC via VanityFair.com]

President Georg Bush #43′s Press Secretary #1 (of 4) Ari Fleisher continued to toe his Administration’s line yesterday during a panel discussion to promote the IFC Media Project at the Paley Center for Media.

He was baited in to defending the steps taken that led to the rebranding of torture–i.e. extreme interrogation–by a “daydreaming” Peggy Noonan. Stating the obvious that no one likes to receive a subpoena, Fleisher said “I’ll be proud to testify if I get a subpoena. I’m proud of what we did to protect this country.”

Hamilton Nolan from Gawker held no love for Fleisher or Noonan, and noted the irony of the former Press Sec’s grade of “C” given to the Obama administration for transparency.

Attention reps both Tina Brown‘s Daily Beast, and the IFC.

Related: Ari Fleischer’s Bizarre Revisionist History on Hardball