What makes Auster notable is that he's the tip of a little jewish iceberg of Polanski defenders, sticking out more than others due to his usual pose as an traditionalist anti-"liberal" convert to Christianity. The clear jewish pattern emerges from the long list of people quoted in my series of posts concerning Polanski. In a nutshell, Polanski is a jewish OJ. His plight neatly polarized jews, who tend to view him as a victim, wronged and hunted by a cruel, puritanical system, and everybody else, including Whites, who tend to see him as a celebrity pervert who has long escaped justice.
When Polanski was first arrested, the immediate, morally outraged reaction from a number of jews with various social and political orientations was generally sympathetic to Polanski, and in some cases, like Auster's, they went so far as to condemn broad swathes of people misperceived as Polanski's "persecutors". From the comments their own reader's considered this behavior shocking - probably because they generally did not see the ethnocentric connection. It is fair to presume that the early defenders did not coordinate their arguments, though they nonetheless shared a number of transparently bogus excuses, and conveniently overlooked or minimized the most damning facts. More than a few made an issue of Polanski's status as a special kind of jew - a "holocaust survivor". Applebaum called it a "mitigating circumstance". Many used language indicating a deeply emotional state of mind - even those, like Auster, who claimed to have never met Polanski. Patrick Goldstein was as eagerly defensive as Applebaum and Auster, and also alluded to Javert. Bruce Crumley, at Time, went beyond Javert, invoking Dreyfus, the poster child of jewish persecution. See my original posts for many more examples.
After the nature of this initial defense and the reader backlash started to gel, many jews either shut up, moderated their defense, said something vaguely disapproving about Polanski, or tried to divert attention and blame elsewhere - to the Swiss, the French, the British, Puritanism (a swipe at "WASPs"), America, Hollywood, "liberals", "the Glenn Becks" (a swipe at Tea Party Whites). First and last come "the anti-semites" - the eternal scapegoats for jewish misbehavior. Evidently, broadly bad-mouthing these groups of people is ok in the "Javert Nation".
Mel Gibson, on the other hand, gets drunk, is alleged to beat his mistress, and says a few politically incorrect things about jews and niggers. For that Gibson must be shunned and his career must be over, because, after all, the blacks who run Hollywood say so.
What explains this behavior if not jewish ethnocentrism? From their terms and themes it's perfectly reasonable, obvious really, that what the Polanski apologists and obscurantists share is a view of jews, collectively and individually, as blameless victims. Even the ones who happen to be absconding pedophile rapists, like Roman Polanski. Recognizing this fact is "anti-semitic", just like the Tea Party is "racist", and wanting a government that isn't biased against Whites and doesn't impose genocidal levels of immigration is "hate". These are terms of abuse. The purpose is to pathologize, intimidate, and manipulate. They are fighting words used by arrogant and dishonest enemies whose chutzpah knows no bounds.