The suspension of Ramirez was a big scandal. just$c* is always a SCandal, but when something like the Johnson allegations hit, the scab on top of the festering wound is scraped off and the filth below is exposed.
In my opinion, the fishwrap's treatment of payogate is a much bigger and more far-reaching scandal. The 'wrap is making a deliberate attempt to kill this story by non-reporting. It is the exact opposite of what we have been trained since childhood to believe is the reason journalism exists - to ferret out the truth. After all, who are the icons of our generation? Woodward and Bernstein, of course. Who is lauded for their courage? The reporters who go into combat and make sure that the American people get the truth about what's going on.
Maybe the fishwrap doesn't think the payogate story is significant or interesting. Well, I googled "tim floyd usc payment" and got one hundred pages of hits. A few of the things on page 100 weren't about the allegations made by Johnson. Heck, even "OJMayoOnLine" (OJ2's blog) had a reference to his meeting with authorities. It was deemed newsworthy in Cincinnati, New York, Green Bay, Manhatten, Kansas, Seattle, Baltimore, Denver, and Chicago, among other places.
If the 'wrap happens to be reading this, here are the first few pages:
sports.espn.go.com - /espn/columns/story?...&id=3390757&sportCat=ncb
latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/usc/index.html [Note - this is the Penrose imitation of Sgt. Schultz.]
The BN didn't show up until the fourth page. I got tired of looking at all this after page 20 or so, and the only fishwrap thing I found was the one whitewash job by that loveable Stalag 13 guard, Sgt. Penrose, who "SAWWWW NOTHHHHINGGGGG."
The 'wrap's obvious attempt to manage and create news is shameful. There is no reasonable justification for its "hear no evil - see no evil - speak no evil" policy about just$c* It is this sort of behavior which in my opinion is hastening the demise of print media. In my opinion, the demise of the fishwrap couldn't come too soon. Of course, the last edition of the 'wrap would probably not have a word about its going out of business.