[Editor's Note: The Dismal Political Economist had hoped never to write a word on the Sandusky case. The fact that he had to do so has disgusted him. ]
This Forum has refrained from making any direct comments on the horrendous story of former
assistant football coach Jerry
Sandusky. The news reports really do
speak for themselves, it is a story where no further comment can provide any
enlightenment. Penn State
But one thing that continues to be a problem is that the New York Times and other major media continue to report this story in the Sports Section.
By JO BECKER
The question of what to do about an accusation against Jerry Sandusky was extensively debated by Joe Paterno and Penn State officials, an independent investigation suggests.
It is not a sports story. It is a story of a horrific crime, and of a monster of a man. It belongs in the news section, in the crime section, in the section devoted to unspeakable acts against children. It belongs in the section that describes cover-ups. It belongs in the section where stories on college administrators who hide and implicitly condone crimes against children are printed. It belongs in the section where stories about prominent men are charged with perjury to facilitate that cover up are printed.
But it does not belong in the sports section. It is not news about sporting events. Stop printing it there!