Bad analogy alert.

Headline on David Brooks’ latest column in the New York Times, as seen in the Houston Chronicle:

No time to feel superior to those at Penn State

Really? Why not? I would understand the analogy to the Kitty Genovese killing, but for the fact that there was one man who personally witnessed what Jerry Sandusky was doing, one of perhaps ten men on the face of the earth who could have stopped it. They weren’t complete strangers, as those people who walked by Kitty Genovese were. So I’m just not seeing how that analogy fits. Personally, I’m inclined to agree with ASM826 here:

“…it isn’t just that moment in the shower, is it? And it isn’t just Mike McQueary. Joe Paterno knew. So did others, including the athletic director and the VP for finance at the university. Every day, every damned day every one of them didn’t report this, they choose their life and their career and their own comfort over the ongoing abuse of children. Every morning when they woke up and decided to go to work, they knew that their silence was enabling evil. That sometime, today, tomorrow, the next day, next week, a 10 year old boy was going to be anally raped and any one of them could have stopped it, but instead they choose to be silent.”

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