Paterno supporters show tendency to defend the indefensible
Joe Paterno’s stubbornest defenders are finally backing down. But they are part of a long chain of luminaries who have rushed to defend friends and colleagues, purported heroes and “good guys” who could surely do no wrong. Could someone please grab the shoulders of each of these folks, the politicians and painters and cultural leaders, and tell them just to wait? It’s one thing to avoid hasty conclusions, to presume innocence until the evidence unfolds. It’s quite another to put your own reputation on the line, declaring the facts before the facts come in.