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A son’s defense of his father, Joe Paterno

Since I wrote a lot about this when it happened, I was interested in Jay Paterno’s account in defense of his father.

As I indicated in my earlier blogs, I saw right away what the media was doing to this man, in my opinion, to take the focus away from, not Sandusky so much, but the higher ups, especially the president of the university, who were up close and personal involved in every aspect of the mishandling of the case. It was a typical media storm, “look over here” so they can report extensively on a matter and never ever let the public know where the real problem was. I believe it was purely political, and they didn’t care one tad that they were smearing a man who his entire life apparently was above reproach. Still sickens me. It was the liberal playbook. Let everything hang out and then when it blows blame somebody else. And Graham Spanier, president of Penn State, you never heard his name! And he was the one with the real responsibility of what happened. He was president the entire time.

It concluded the email by saying this: “More than boys had been violated it seemed. A proud university’s sense of superiority and privilege and arrogance had been blown up, too.”

 

Using the specter of boys being violated was inappropriate. But in the headline and body of editor Joe Sexton’s story, the name Penn State appeared six times, Paterno four times, and the man charged at the time, Jerry Sandusky, zero times.
 

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/daily-take/201408/joe-paterno-jay-freeh-penn-state-jerry-sandusky-legacy-coach-father

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Penn State Ex-president Spanier charged with perjury, obstruction of justice, endangering welfare of children

Maybe there will be some justice in this case since they finally got to the college officials responsible for the cover-up for over 20 years.

I doubt it will restore the damage done to Joe Paterno’s name being dragged through the mud by the corrupt media,  but at least they finally got to the culprits.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two Penn State administrators facing new charges they hushed up child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky were preparing to be arraigned, while the university’s former president was not due in court until next week.

The arraignment of athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz on Friday comes a day after they and former president Graham Spanier were accused in a withering 39-page grand jury report of conspiring to conceal complaints about Sandusky, giving him time and access to molest more boys before his arrest nearly a year ago.

“This plan of action undertaken by these three administrators, who formed the very apex of decision making and power at Penn State, was created out of a desire to shield Sandusky from the criminal process and, perhaps most importantly, to spare the university tremendous negative publicity and embarrassment,” the jurors wrote.

The legal proceedings for Curley and Schultz were scheduled inside a district court in suburban Harrisburg, while Spanier’s first appearance was expected to be Wednesday.

Prosecutors alleged the men’s “conspiracy of silence” extended all the way to the top at Penn State, including decisions not to alert police or child welfare authorities after getting a 2001 report of Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a team shower.

Attorney General Linda Kelly said at a Capitol news conference that all three “knowingly testified falsely and failed to provide important information and evidence.”

Spanier was charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy. Curley and Schultz face new charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction and conspiracy. They were charged with perjury and failure to report abuse almost exactly a year ago, and await a January trial on those counts.

“This was not a mistake by these men. This was not an oversight. It was not misjudgment on their part,” Kelly said. “This was a conspiracy of silence by top officials to actively conceal the truth.” http://news.yahoo.com/charges-bring-penn-state-officials-court-063824034–spt.html

Here’s a couple posts I wrote during the peak of the media coverage.  There are some others that are interesting, especially the one about district attorney, Ray Gricar, who disappeared.

https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/media-should-leave-joe-paterno-alone/

https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/abc-and-corrupt-media-distort-freeh-report-on-sandusky/

Posted:  11.02.12 A. D. @ 9:57 a.m.

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