Kenny Bodanis questions why Jerry Sandusky should be given a platform to tell “his side of the story?”
The following blurb appeared in the Montreal Gazette’s sports section this morning. It was, no doubt, picked up from an American wire service:
Sandusky to Tell His Story on NBC
State College, PA.
NBC says it will air an interview with former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky Monday on the Today Show. NBC says the convicted sex offender will give his account of the encounters that landed him in prison and discuss former boss Joe Paterno. Sandusky is serving a 30 to 60 year prison term for 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
Who is the target audience for this interview? Who just can’t wait to hear this pedophile give “his account of the encounters” he had with children?
What do people expect to hear? Details? Excuses? Apologies? Blame?
What has this creep done to deserve a national platform through which he can give his side of the story?
If he cries on air, I might throw up.
This seems to be mass media’s new modus operandi – crowding around felons, deceivers, and deviants hoping for that shocking morsel which will become a viral clip on YouTube, carrying their ratings through sweeps week.
It is sickening to imagine the celebration and congratulations which probably took place during the production meeting when the Today Show learned they scored this interview: “Good job, everyone!”
Whatever “explanation” Sandusky may give for his actions, will come from the mouth of a liar who was able to scare dozens of abused students into silence year after year.
Sandusky deserves nothing more than that same isolation, in a cell, for the next 60 years.
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