Penn State Student Journalist Criticizes Keith Olbermann in Open Letter for Anti-PSU Segment
A Penn State University student journalist posted a rousingly snarky and fascinatingly detailed open letter early this morning to broadcast blowhard Keith Olbermann.
The massive missive by Kevin Horne — a PSU law student and the managing editor emeritus of Onward State — is a retort to an anti-PSU rant Olbermann aired last night on his show that criticized one of Horne’s articles.
As part of his regular “World’s Worst in Sports” segment, Olbermann went off on Happy Valley’s happiness over the NCAA decision to restore a large chunk of Joe Paterno’s wins — making him once again the all-time winningest college football coach. From where Olbermann sits, this is just more proof that the Nittany Lion faithful are more invested in football glory than protecting children from sex abuse.
At one point, Olbermann displays, recites and rebuffs a recent piece by Horne. In the piece, Horne questions why PSU’s athletic director publicly apologized to a random Internet user who was angry about “409” helmet stickers worn by the Penn State women’s field hockey team. (409 is Paterno’s restored wins total.)
Olbermann closes by telling Horne and other Penn Staters harshly, “Your institution is associated with children’s terror. … If you want this to go away, ever, maybe in 20 or 30 years, sit down, shut up and atone.” Yowza.
A smidgen of Horne’s spirited comeback:
“If the few details that you think you know about the Sandusky scandal are all true, then everything you’ve said about Penn Staters who still support Joe Paterno is correct. If Paterno was involved in an intentional and calculated coverup to protect and enable a child predator, there are no words for that kind of evil. … But here’s the thing, Keith. [Dan note: I love that he calls him Keith repeatedly throughout the letter. It makes me laugh every time.] As much as black and white situations make for convenient two-minute television bits, this thing isn’t so black and white. Surely a Cornell graduate like yourself strives to have the intellect to understand an issue completely before taking such a rigid viewpoint on national television.”
Horne then proceeds to pick apart what he perceives as Olbermann’s uninformed stance. He also challenges Olbermann to a one-on-one #Sanduskyscandal tête-à-tête and even mocks his on-air attire — which appeared last night to sport a purple-ish color.
As Horne closes the letter, “Have your people contact me and we can set up a 60-minute public podcast to debate and discuss the Penn State situation. I know how difficult it is talking about a complex situation for longer than two minute sound bytes, but I know you’re capable of doing it. Plus, at least with a podcast, no one will have to look at your suit.”