Should we be surprised that the media is hypocritical? Do as we say. . . not as we do?
Tom In Paine talks about this in his blog:
Two major events have occurred since the firing of Joe Paterno which prove that the news media are not only incompetent and dishonest but hypocritical beyond anything anyone would have thought possible.
The first revelation concerns the molestation charges against Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine.One of Fine’s accusers secretly tape recorded a phone conversation he had with Fine’s wife in 2002 in which the sexual contact with Fine was discussed and where Fine’s wife admitted she knew everything her husband had been doing. Fine’s accuser says he took the tape to the Syracuse Post Standard in 2002 along with his allegations against Fine and played the audio tape for them. The newspaper declined to report the allegations saying that, even with the tape they wanted more corroborating evidence before they would report it. In other words the Syracuse Post Standard gave more of the benefit of the doubt to an accused child molester than the news media in general gave to Joe Paterno, a man with a polished solid gold reputation for 60 years. And there has been no outcry by any of the sanctimonious self-serving members of the media who railed against Joe Paterno focused on the Post Standard for “having knowledge of” sexual abuse and not reporting it.
It gets a lot worse. It has also been revealed that the victim took the same audio tape to ESPN more than ten years ago with his allegations against Fine and played the tape for them, No one at ESPN did a thing. For ten years. They didnt talk to their own lawyers.They didnt refer it to any child protective agency. They didnt refer it to any law enforcement agency. They did nothing.
This is the same ESPN whose commentators called for Joe Paterno’s firing immediately for, in their factually challenged hypocritical world, “not going to the authorities”. The same ESPN whose commentators said Joe Paterno going to the administrative head of campus police the next day with McQueary’s non-specific report wasn’t enough. The same ESPN who accused Joe Paterno without a shred of proof, of being aware of child sexual abuse and “not doing enough”. The same ESPN that had an audio tape confirming from the mouth of the abuser’s own wife, the sexual abuse of a ball boy at Syracuse university. And did nothing.
And are the same sanctimonious self-righteous group of journalists insisting that anyone at ESPN who had been aware of those tapes for the last ten years and who is still with ESPN be fired? No. Of course not.
Unfortunately the second set of revelations makes it even worse for the media.
According to the mother, in a piece that can be read here, the principal of the high school her son attended, Karen Probst, was present in 2002 when her son openly accused Sandusky of molesting him and not only did the the school principle do nothing, according to the mother the principle actually tried to talk her and her son out of reporting it.
Additionally, according to the mother, Steve Turchetta, the boy’s high school coach in 2002, repeatedly allowed Sandusky to come to the school and take the boy out of school not only without parental consent but without even any parental notification. And Turchetta continued to allow Sandusky to take the boy out of school even after the mother found out and protested.
It was Joe Paterno’s picture that sold newspapers and got web hits, not Karen Probst’s. It was going after Paterno that made the very small and sanctimonious feel very big.
The irony is, that in the end, Joe Paterno did more and with less knowledge, and did it faster than anyone connected to either the Sandusky allegations or the Bernie Fine allegations, all of whom had more knowledge that he did.
So what will ESPN do now? Will they accuse themselves of “not doing enough”? Will they accuse themselves of allowing a sexual predator to remain free? Will there be any media condemnation by others of ESPN? Anyone hear any media condemnation? Anyone demanding people at ESPN be fired? Or will they all hide under their sheets?
I don’t think I’ll live long enough to see something like that happen.
And unfortunately for Joe, I don’t think he’ll live long enough to see his name restored.