An editorial in Tuesday’s Sun-Times concluded on a lofty note.
“Lance Armstrong no more deserves a shimmering spot in the limelight,” it pronounced, “than Sammy Sosa deserves a spot in the baseball Hall of Fame.”
Pundits like to pronounce on what people in the news do and don’t deserve, but do they understand how magisterial and self-important they sound when they do? Not to mention fatuous. I have no idea how to measure deservability but there’s a strong odor of irrelevance to it. The young man didn’t deserve to get sick and die. Yet he did. This newspaper disapproves.