Sickening doesn’t begin to cover it

by Steve, January 28th, 2012

A friend tipped me of to this blog post, by a local blogger Krista Swan, giddy over her encounter with child-rapist Neil Goldschmidt. He flattered Swan’s friend April Severson with a spot on his list of top five Oregonians.

At the top of the list is none other than Phil Knight, who recently made national news making excuses for Joe Paterno at the late football coach’s funeral.

This isn’t the first sign of Goldschmidt trying to rehabilitate his image. Was this blog post encouraged for that purpose? We’ll never know for sure. Swan might be playing his useful idiot, or maybe she was genuinely charmed by him.

She posted a link to her blog post on Facebook, and got some sickeningly saccharine responses.

“He always knew how to charm the ladies,” comments one of her friends. Sick sick sick sick sick.

Swan’s blog post was filed under “Family.” Somebody better tell Krista’s daughter to stay the hell away from this predator as she gets older. It doesn’t sound like her mother is likely to protect her.

Update, 1/28/2012 8:20pm: I see Steve Duin beat me to this by a couple days. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks this is really, really off base.

Update, 2/6/2012: Krista has removed her blog post about Goldschmidt.

Update 2/9/2012: Evidently, the post was only removed by accident. Or maybe Krista wants to stand up to the Internet Meanies. In any case, it’s back. Some people have no shame.

2 Responses to “Sickening doesn’t begin to cover it”

  1. Comment from Anne T:

    Thanks for bringing up Knight and Paterno. I could not believe the headlines lauding Paterno for being a hero like no other and Phil Knight’s speech at his funeral made me furious. I guess as long as you have a winning football team you can be accessory to child rape and still be an American hero.

  2. Comment from Steve:

    To put things in perspective: If justice had been served, Goldschmidt would have been tried and convicted of felony rape in the second (or third) degree (depending on whether his victim was 14 when he started raping her). He might still be in state prison. If he had served a typical 75 month sentence for second degree rape, and was free today, he would be required to register as a sex offender.

    Justice was not served, and Goldschmidt walks free in Portland, charming moms at local diners.

    I wonder how they’d feel to be on Jerry Sandusky’s top 5 list.