Plante: Paterno 'Lynched' By Media for Not Speaking Up, What About Those Silent on Weinstein?
Radio host Chris Plante said Hollywood and the media are being hypocritical in their handling of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Plante said Weinstein's situation is "a different set of circumstances but the same fact pattern" as that of convicted serial sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky.
In 2012, Sandusky was convicted in Bellefonte, Pa. on 45 counts stemming from the Penn State University child abuse scandal.
Coach Joe Paterno was lambasted for reportedly staying silent for years after being told of his assistant coach's actions.
"It was declared that he was just as guilty as Jerry Sandusky, that his silence was complicity," Plante said.
He noted the university tore down its bronze statue of the legendary coach "like he was Saddam Hussein."
But, unlike Weinstein, Paterno spoke on behalf of President George H.W. Bush at the 1988 Republican convention and was a well-known supporter of the party, Plante said.
"They lynched him because he didn't speak up [about Sandusky]," he said.
Plante said that, in Weinstein's case, those who have stayed silent for just as many years are not being given the same scrutiny.
He said Jane Fonda wasn't criticized for admitting to have known about Weinstein's actions for a year.
Carlson noted that writer/actor Seth MacFarlane also appeared to reference Weinstein's actions in a riff during an awards ceremony several years ago.
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