Neyer defended James' defense of Paterno.
Which isn't anywhere near the same thing.
To a degree, but Posnanski likely did add a fair amount in regards to the scandal and based on the way he has publicly reacted to it, I'm guessing it will be poor.
And how has he "publicly reacted to it"? By a couple statements made when the time the scandal was out could still be reasonably measured in days?
As far as your edit goes, yeah, I'm sure you do. At the same time, if the writers were reversed, I'm guessing your stance would be too.
Well, then you guessed wrong.
My biggest problem with what Pearlman said is that he (and quite a few people, including you apparently) want to do what he believes the "other side" (at least the characterization of it) wants to do: whitewash the entire story so that only one side is told. In this case, completely ignoring everything good that was done by Paterno over the years so that all anyone will see is the awful way he apparently acted in this case.
The story that should be told is the whole story, the good and the bad. Despite Pearlman's protestations about letting things sit for a little while* I don't think that the whole story is something he would want to see, just like for a lot of people a whole story that doesn't leave out the Sandusky stuff will be unacceptable. But just because some are blind believers and others are craving blood doesn't mean that either side is any closer to being right, or having a logical and mature discussion on the subject.*Letting things sit for a while would be the best thing. But as this whole situation proves, there is no such thing as a perfect world, and if the publisher wants the book, they're going to get the book.
That writing by Pearlman only tells me that he is someone who wants blood, and is willing to attack and damn whomever is willing to give him anything less. Well, I want the whole story, the good and the bad, and I want to read it from a great writer. Even if he fails, there isn't a writer out there that I would want trying to offer real perspective on this other than Posnanski.