Like Walter Cronkite, how ABC's David Muir positions and packages news items has tremendous reach.
This evening Muir started out the 6:30 P.M. news with the sentencing of Michigan State University sex abuser medical doctor Larry Nassar. He received 40 to 175 years.
Then Muir devoted an unusual amount of time to the coverage in the courtroom. Viewers listened to the female victims push back on Nassar.
No surprise, not long after Muir's broadcast, the New York Post reports that MI State U president Lou Anna Simon has resigned her position. In her statement she admitted that she had become and remains the source of anger about the long-term sexual abuse by Nassar.
Of course, Simon is reading the situation accurately. Just as at Penn State, those observing this latest sex abuse scandal unfold are asking what the administration knew and when. And, if they didn't know, then why not. Shouldn't systems have been in-place to pick up on sexual misconduct by staff?
Meanwhile, lawsuits are being filed by the victims against MSU.
Can Simon engineer a comeback? Yes. If the litigation doesn't prevent it, the first step would be to write and publish a book providing an insider perspective on how universities really operate. She has nothing to lose.
There is growing interest in higher education. Not until January 30, 2018 will Bryan Caplan's book "The Case Against Education" be released. But, already it ranks at 1,765 on Amazon. Here it can be ordered.
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