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Platt: How do we report about our own? (Child molesting sports writer)
Philadelphia Daily News ^ | Dec. 21, 2011 | Larry Platt Editor Philadelphia Daily News

Posted on 12/21/2011 8:54:22 AM PST by South Hawthorne

(Background provided by Owl_Eagle) Legendary Philadelphia Daily News Sportswriter Bill Conlin retired abruptly yesterday amongst allegations of sex abuse reported by sister paper The Philadelphia Inquirer. Larry Platt is/was Conlin's editor.

(Snip)

I have known Bill Conlin since 1990, and before that, I knew him as a legendary voice on the page. I simply do not know how to reconcile what I've read with the man I know. I spoke to him Tuesday. He offered to retire and I immediately accepted. I knew I'd never be comfortable running his byline again.

For a long time Tuesday, we struggled with how to best acknowledge this story without knowing the facts or reporting on it ourselves. It is a strange and sad time in the newsroom, and we will do our best to cover this as if it were any other high-profile figure in Philadelphia. But of course it is not just another high-profile figure in Philadelphia.

(End excerpt)

Conlin has been synonymous with this paper for five decades, and to pretend that we know how to approach a story like this is to insult your intelligence. All I can promise you is that we will attempt to be as thorough and fair as we can possibly be - not just to the facts of the story - but also to you, our readers. And that means being as open and transparent as we can be.

(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: conlin; dailynews; dbm; moralabsolutes; pedophile; philadelphia
Well, here's an idea, Larry: Why don't you report it just like you would with any other noteworthy person?

I'm so tired of journalists who have no qualms about publishing a story that damages their country or community, happy to play fast and loose with the facts, yet if the subject is "one of their own" they're racked with some kind of moral dilemma, as if they deserve some sort of special acknowledgement or consideration.

1 posted on 12/21/2011 8:54:33 AM PST by South Hawthorne
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To: Owl_Eagle

These bozo editors seem to have no moral dilemma ruining OTHER PEOPLE’s lives, though


2 posted on 12/21/2011 8:56:26 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Tribune7

Remember a dozen or so years ago when Russell Byers was murdered? The great wailing and gnashing of teeth showed, to me, just how out of touch many reporters (and editors) are. Byers was a man of some acclaim, but no more than, say, a television reporter. Yet the media (mainly print) devoted as much attention to this as if The Pope Himself was killed.


3 posted on 12/21/2011 8:57:30 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Owl_Eagle
Conlin has been synonymous with this paper for five decades, and to pretend that we know how to approach a story like this is to insult your intelligence.

Pretending that they don't know how to approach a story like this insults my intelligence.

4 posted on 12/21/2011 8:57:33 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Owl_Eagle
Why don't you tell him so?

We know it's true, he might need to hear it.

Politely, of course. Then it might sink in.

5 posted on 12/21/2011 8:58:51 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Owl_Eagle

Yeah, they didn’t seem to have a problem with the nature of the evidence against Herman Cain, did they? They kept pounding.


6 posted on 12/21/2011 9:08:48 AM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...
Thanks Owl.

It is boggling my mind the influential people that are involved in this stuff.

I've never thought of myself as naive but now you just don't know.

7 posted on 12/21/2011 9:12:17 AM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry (or Gingrich maybe))
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To: All

Folks, in case anyone noticed or was confused, I put the “end excerpt” statement ABOVE the last paragraph accidentally. Just don’t want to appear to take credit for something I didn’t write... especially when it’s expressing something that stupid.


8 posted on 12/21/2011 9:12:37 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Tribune7
It is boggling my mind the influential people that are involved in this stuff.

I truly pray that this isn't the start of a major trend. To think there may be so many more victims is heartbreaking.

However, that would go some ways towards explaining the degraded, coarse state we find society in today. So many damaged people.

9 posted on 12/21/2011 9:15:36 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Owl_Eagle

I’ve got one question: What did the paper’s employees know and when did they know it?


10 posted on 12/21/2011 9:18:29 AM PST by mewzilla (Santelli 2012)
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To: Owl_Eagle

“As detailed by the Inquirer’s Nancy Phillips, four people have accused Conlin...”

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Male people or female “people”?

Seems to me an essential detail for any news story.


11 posted on 12/21/2011 9:25:00 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Owl_Eagle

If he threw a bucket of manure on their desks, would they know how to confront him about it ? Or would they just thank him ?


12 posted on 12/21/2011 9:25:41 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves.)
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To: martin_fierro
Pretending that they don't know how to approach a story like this insults my intelligence.

And if you are reading his paper, he has every reason to believe that fact will fly right over your head.

13 posted on 12/21/2011 9:31:57 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: EyeGuy
Male people or female “people”?

Oddly, three females and one male. It's pretty unusual for a predator to just find themselves attracted to ANY young person. They seem to gravitate towards one sex exclusively (shockingly often, it's gay men preying on boys).

14 posted on 12/21/2011 9:34:02 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Owl_Eagle
All I can promise you is that we will attempt to be as thorough and fair as we can possibly be - not just to the facts of the story - but also to you, our readers. And that means being as open and transparent as we can be.

Why did it take decades to out this pervert?

Did his position with the media aid in the cover up?

When the sandusky story broke, every one that ever drove through State College was axed to take a lie detector test or resign or commit suicide.

When will this editor resign?

15 posted on 12/21/2011 9:45:58 AM PST by USS Alaska (Merry Christmas-Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: EyeGuy

3 females and 1 male. Interesting to be in the Philadelphia area and seeing how local media is reporting this. One of the females is his niece and a prosecutor in Atlantic County NJ.

Alleged incidents occurred some 40 years ago. Philly.com is the free version of the Inquirer/Daily News non subscription pages but you get the stories of both.


16 posted on 12/21/2011 9:53:11 AM PST by halfright ("Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading". -TJefferson)
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To: Owl_Eagle

***I truly pray that this isn’t the start of a major trend**

These reported pedophiles are old geezers - as were those outed in the Catholic priesthood.

So...no..it isn’t the ‘start’ of a major trend - it might be the beginning of uncovering these perverts in positions of power - over children. Hollywood producers, sports and athletic recruiters, etc., The types who dazzle parents while secretly abusing their children.


17 posted on 12/21/2011 9:59:26 AM PST by sodpoodle ( Newt - God has tested him for a reason..)
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To: Owl_Eagle
The MSM should report this story with the same gusto and verve they would use if it was about a Christian minister...

I'm sickened by the double standard ... journalists need to take a long hard look at themselves if they want their profession to survive.

18 posted on 12/21/2011 10:08:55 AM PST by GOPJ (Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred - Proverbs 15)
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To: Owl_Eagle
I've recently been in a private battle [well, it's no longer private, is it? :)] battle with this guy..Scot Haney.

He's a weather guesser on the local CBS channel. His openly gay agenda frosts me and came to a head a few weeks ago, when he hosted a televised Christmas fundraiser for needy children.

All this is well and good [fund raising] on the surface, but this maroon comes out in one of the segments dressed in drag and behaves like a complete idiot in front of a live audience of strangers and children and thinks it is perfectly okay, to dress like woman, jump around stage like some sort of a baboon. I snapped and wrote to him, the station prez and his producer personally. Haney wrote back and told me *I* was the one who needed help. I countered with the fact that his gay lifestyle he has chosen, that he continuously shoves down the viewers throat is wrong on so many levels, too numerous to count. [Like he doesn't know this]

Yet the station *allows* this, others condone it by silence, and that's why the Sandusky's of the world have such a foot hold. I'm still a lone voice, sending off letters to the advertisers but will continue to do what I can.

19 posted on 12/21/2011 10:10:09 AM PST by Daffynition (*Pray for whatever passes for America these days* ~ ScottinVA)
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To: Owl_Eagle

Just make believe he is the following, Republican, conservative black or a Catholic priest and you should do fine


20 posted on 12/21/2011 10:15:53 AM PST by italianquaker ( Mr Obama inherited an AAA rating and made it AA, thnx Resident Zero)
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To: USS Alaska
All I can promise you is that we will attempt to be as thorough and fair as we can possibly be - not just to the facts of the story - but also to you, our readers. And that means being as open and transparent as we can be.

And how open and transparent is that? They implied twice in two lines they aren't going to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so what's the point?

You might think, them being a newspaper and all, they'd recognize that folks don't buy that open and transparent thing anymore after being subjected to three years of Obama's version of it.

21 posted on 12/21/2011 10:38:07 AM PST by MurrietaMadman
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To: Owl_Eagle
I truly pray that this isn't the start of a major trend.

I'm hoping and praying that these revelations are end of a major trend. Sandusky and Conlin would have been my last guesses at pedophiles. I wonder how many are judges and attorneys and legislators and school administrators. Oh, and Hollywood.

You are 100 percent right. There is a reason for the degradation this country has gone through. This might be it.

22 posted on 12/21/2011 3:44:08 PM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry (or Gingrich maybe))
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To: Owl_Eagle

The solitary ones are usually gender focused.

larger “Pedophile rings” on the other hand often grab any vulnerable victim. Maybe it is a mob mentality for pedophiles thing.


23 posted on 12/21/2011 10:13:32 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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