I noticed the following two articles/mailbags in the past two days, with one common theme: people in Charlottesville really, really hate sex crimes involving minors.
Stewart, thank you for writing "Failings of Penn State officials exposed at Jerry Sandusky trial". I can only tolerate about 10 percent of the coverage of this trial because it is so tragic. But it is also completely infuriating to see how much of the power structure at Penn State seems to have looked away so that they wouldn't tarnish their football program. Disgusting. Do you believe this could lead to any kind of a penalty against the entire football program? I mean, if you are willing to terminate SMU football for paying players, what about a program that purposefully protected a devious and dangerous monster?
--Thomas, Charlottesville, Va.
I actually kind of liked Mandel's response.
Here's the relevant quote:
One thing we have learned from watching universities in the past year is this: When a university president fails to report a pedophile football coach, it’s a good reason to fire him.
This inspired a quick e-mail to author in which I wrote:
When a university president fails to report a pedophile former football coach.
I'm sure as someone who studies and teaches in the rigorous field of media studies, you appreciate accuracy and abhor laziness. Otherwise a very cute non-sequitur.
He responded with "Thanks. Yes." but (surprise!) has not corrected the article.
Media studies, indeed.