Joel Mathis of the Philly Post reports that some of Joe Paterno’s supporters have crossed way over the line. They have targeted Sara Ganim.
Apparently, the “Paterno Truthers” have forgotten that without Ganim’s Pulitzer Prize winning reporting, Jerry Sandusky might be free and capable of doing his unthinkable acts.
At one point, Ganim, now with CNN, tweeted last week about quitting Twitter:
There are really some scary people out there. Absolute nutjobs. Thinking about ditching twitter. Not sure of its value anymore.
Let’s put aside how incredibly tedious, tiresome and unavoidable the “Paterno truther” brigade has become for anyone who dares write (or even tweet) credulously about the downfall of Saint JoePa. What even the truthers should understand is this: Fighting back against Paterno’s critics by using sexually demeaning and degrading language is really not the best way to demonstrate that you have your priorities in the right place when a sex abuse scandal—and the ease with which it was overlooked—is at the heart of the whole neverending mess in the first place.
You don’t have a ton of credibility, truthers, except with each other. You reduce it further every time you call Ganim a “bitch” or suggest she’s been sleeping around. And you reduce it when you keep your silence in the face of such misogyny, just because you don’t like Ganim and her work. All of which will actively short-circuit a renaissance for Paterno’s memory, or Penn State itself.
Yet another reason to be sickened by the entire situation.