Rush to Judgment: There Is No Gray Area


A quick look at today’s news that the NCAA is restoring the 111 wins taken from Penn State and its effect on those who believe the original narrative:

There is no gray area.

Not with this.

Now that the NCAA has backtracked to the point of returning Paterno’s wins, the straw man arguments went into full force.  “You must support child abuse if you support Paterno.”

As Wikipedia defines a straw man argument:

“A straw man is a common type of argument and is an informal fallacy based on the misrepresentation of an opponent’s argument. To be successful, a straw man argument requires that the audience be ignorant or uninformed of the original argument.”

A lot of the people who still say that Paterno knew yet did nothing LOVE using this type of argument.  It speaks more about their ignorance than it does about justice.

That’s not the only type of argument that was being made today.

For example: “How can you support Paterno?!  CHILDREN were involved!”

Ah, the children argument.  It’s always notable when someone has to hide behind a child, a victim, to make an unrelated point that someone who didn’t molest children is somehow still guilty of it.  Talk about doubling down on a false narrative.

“Football is WAY too important to these people.”

This isn’t about football.  It’s about justice, something that these same people claim they are seeking for the victims only to USE those same victims as a weapon – victimizing them again.

At this point, there are so many laughable arguments and opinions that it’s impossible to try and educate.  I mean, just because someone has an opinion doesn’t mean that it’s a valid one.

It’s time for people, especially members of the media, to get with the program.  As facts have come out, seeing that their opinions haven’t changed speaks volumes about their level of credibility.


No, the same is on those who bred, bought and sold a false narrative in an effort to misplace blame – and then fighting against those trying to right that wrong.

I’m declining from naming the people who have made these ridiculous arguments, as that is unimportant.  What’s important is that this has been another step towards fixing the injustice levied against Penn State while pointing out that there are still a lot of misguided people who bought the original narrative hook, line and sinker.

It seems no amount of evidence can convince them that they have believed and propagated a lie.

That’s sad.


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