• Wayne Norman

Nothing makes me more forgiving of the sinner than the harangue of the righteous man lecturing him on his sins.

On Friday the news affairs office of Duke University stirred into action. Professor of ethics Wayne Norman of Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics and Trinity College of Arts & Sciences was available for comment on the Lance Armstrong situation.

Editors were notified that if they wished to partake of Professor Norman’s insights, Duke would provide an “on-campus satellite uplink facility for live or pre-recorded television interviews” and also “ISDN connectivity for radio interviews.”

In other words, Duke was offering the American media an opportunity to judge and condemn Armstrong not on the authority of a mere sportswriter or country preacher, but that of an eminent scholar.