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That the world is 99% comprised of people who aren't intellectually capable of seeing beyond their own bias, who know the answer even before weighing the 'facts', who claim opinion-based belief as their own 'fact'. That regardless of the issue (see politics, controversial issues - gay marriage, gun control, or even topics like Paterno's involvement in a "cover-up"), their starting point is their ending point, and they process new information only through the eyes of current beliefs and whether it supports what they 'know' or is complete 'BS' if it doesn't. So it's more of a rooting interest in what they already know as fact rather than desire to hear, contemplate and respond. Instead it's wait impatiently, then respond as already pre-programmed.
Like it or not, nothing changed today, those who believe Joe is a saint still do, and those who think he's a villain, because they're too dumb to put themselves in any situation outside of their underwear in their mother's basement and really understand the situations that existed at that moment, still do as well.
Welcome to the world we live in. Complete stalemate of obstinate idiots who've drawn sides so strong nothing happens, and then spend all day on the internet degrading others with no progress. Go read the comments on ESPN's article and you will see exhibits 1 through 1,800 or however many comments they're up to and you will see what I mean.
Not a shot at you, but I can't stand the false narrative that by calling for due process and saying there was a rush to judgement you are somehow thinking Joe is a saint or a kool-aid drinker. We don't live in the Soviet Union for f**k's sake...you don't get to publicly tear down someones character with no evidence or facts and just get away with it without that person, you know, disputing your BS. Joe was no saint and should have quit coaching in 1999 but so freaking what, he's allowed to defend himself.
This is also isn't a bash on the OP but you can't equate the people that comment anonymously on ESPN's message boards with the general public. Or at least I'd like to think that. Someone else mentioned the rule of thirds and applying it to this situation. If a 1/3 of the public is willing to consider the whole story and they were/are enlightened by today's/upcoming stories, then there's at least some good.
Non psu people feel the Freeh investigation was fine because psu hired him! Thats it in a nutshell for most of the public. Someone hired by the Paternos of course will report favorably for Joe. At work tomorrow bring it up to non psu folks most wont even know what report was released.
You just described everyone in the world. Look at this message board talk about any other subject that goes on in the news. Everyone makes judgements from their first impressions on everything. Don't act like you or psu fans are above this type of thing.
There is so much going on in society today to possibly look so in depth about everything.
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