Ah, the pitfalls of yapping extemporaneously on the radio for a couple of hours a day.

On his ESPN radio show Friday (listen here), Tony Kornheiser paused for a moment to analyze the news that Josh Duggar, the “19 Kids and Counting” reality-show star, was in trouble over reports that he had sexually abused at least five children when he was a teenager. The day before, Duggar had stepped down from his post as executive director of the Family Research Council. On Friday night, the TLC network pulled his family’s reality show.

Mr. Tony worked his way through the Duggar story, wondering whether it was “reasonable” that Duggar should be “driven from his job,” while his on-the-air companions attempted to persuade him that indeed it was because the FRC is a conservative lobbying organization.

Kornheiser added that it was his sense that the reports about Duggar were old news: “Wasn’t it addressed a while back? And the only reason he’s quitting his job now is because it became public. […] You have the right to address it privately. […] He was a kid!”

Well, he was 15, which isn’t exactly “kid” territory. Kornheiser mentioned that he believed that Duggar, now a 27-year-old father of three with another on the way, and his family had had “counseling,” which wasn’t exactly spot-on.

“If you hold out the reasonable possibility that something therapeutic can change your life, then everyone should have the opportunity to be changed for the better, right?”

He’s not a big fan of the show, but somehow he ended up in the small group of people (move over, Mike Huckabee) seeming to defend Duggar.

“They have married politics and religion,” he said. “I’m not crazy about them.”

Kornheiser is being pummeled by internet enthusiasts, and probably rightly so, but he most likely was reacting to the angry chorus of voices rather than condoning something abhorrent. The risk of doing that in the moment is that, occasionally, the angry mob has a good point and pushing back against it without having all the information can change the focus to you.

The eldest son from the Duggars’ "19 Kids and Counting" reality TV show has apologized and quit his job after reports he molested underage girls when he was a teenager. (Reuters)