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FENNO: Paterno report sad attempt to salvage legacy
The Washington Times ^ | 14 February 2013 | Nathan Fenno

Posted on 02/14/2013 12:20:51 PM PST by COBOL2Java

The word is impossible to miss in thick black letters on the cover of the “Critique of the Freeh Report” and the 57 mentions that follow.

Injustice.

Not for the boy who Jerry Sandusky raped in a locker-room shower at Penn State. Not for the boy who testified to being sexually abused by Sandusky as often as three times per week. Not for the boy Sandusky molested at the former assistant coach’s home.

No, the ‘injustice’ railed against in the 238-page report released Saturday revolves around none other than the late Joseph Vincent Paterno.

Bankrolled by the Paterno family, the self-described unbiased review of the report by former FBI director Louis J. Freeh instead resembles a sad, angry screed on an Internet message board. It does nothing to further our understanding of what the late coach did or did not do in the sorry and sordid Sandusky affair and gleefully engages in the same sort of bias it accuses the Freeh Report of.

And, really, how impartial could any report titled “The rush to injustice regarding Joe Paterno” be considered?

The effort leaves you sad, a desperate, reality-detached attempt to salvage a legacy that won’t change anyone’s mind. Not the Penn State diehards. Not the rest of the country. The $6.5 million Freeh Report that took eight months to complete concluded Paterno and other Penn State leaders hid Sandusky’s sexual attacks to prevent bad publicity. That report has significant shortcomings, yes, but this isn’t the place you’ll discover an intellectually honest exploration of its problems.

No responsibility is taken, tough questions aren’t asked and new evidence isn’t presented. Instead, the Paterno family attorney and three compensated experts throw rocks at the Freeh Report’s 430 interviews and more than 3 million documents reviewed.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
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1 posted on 02/14/2013 12:20:56 PM PST by COBOL2Java
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To: COBOL2Java

The point of the Freeh report was to lay blame at some one at PSU so that the University could receive its punishment and move on.

Freeh did not subpena anyone or put anyone under oath, therefore his report was just as worthless.

No one bother say “what if it were your child” because I will ignore you if you do.


2 posted on 02/14/2013 12:25:54 PM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: COBOL2Java

Joe knew and his pride killed him.


3 posted on 02/14/2013 12:25:54 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Perdogg

well hit the ignore button. Joe Knew........


4 posted on 02/14/2013 12:30:44 PM PST by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: COBOL2Java
Interesting discussion with some 260 replies on this thread from yesterday regarding the
release of the Paterno report if anyone is interested in reading the comments thereon.

Joe Paterno family releases report


5 posted on 02/14/2013 12:34:22 PM PST by deport
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To: Perdogg

you have it right. The Freeh report is just one take on the situation. This Paterno report is another. I put as much stock in the later as I do in the Freeh report.

I have no idea why we’ve arrived at this place where former government bozos are somehow unimpeachable experts at doing these independent reports. The Mitchell Report in baseball was a poorly put together report. Full of holes. Same with this. Same with any commission of former government officials appointed by current government officials. It is all a pile of crap.


6 posted on 02/14/2013 12:36:18 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: Perdogg

We know what your answer to “what if it were your child” is, and hence why you have to ignore the question.


7 posted on 02/14/2013 12:38:16 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Well, we may never know in this life how much JoePa knew or willfully avoided knowing. Maybe in the next life we’ll find out whether he’s sharing an extra crispy lodging with Sandusky.


8 posted on 02/14/2013 12:44:57 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Perdogg

Ignore the Freeh report all you want to. Whatever.

What you can’t ignore is Joe Paterno’s own damnable testimony before the Grand Jury.

That is enough to convince anyone he knew.


9 posted on 02/14/2013 12:50:47 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: COBOL2Java

10 posted on 02/14/2013 12:51:17 PM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: ilgipper

The only reason for these “reports” is to kill the investigation—close it-— so that the “homosexual ring” of elites/professors/judges, politicians, etc. can hide. It is exactly like the Franklin Cover-up....all for “show” and to protect all the pederasts who are wealthy and “love” the little boys.

These homosexuals work in “rings” —networks of other sodomites——orgies are their MO. It is why they are normalizing sodomy in the schools and on TV. They want to recreate their Ancient pagan/Satanic/Occult civilizations. It is always for the boys.

Sometime-—just for fun (revulsion)-—you should look up “Sugar Keynes” and read about the “mindset” of these homosexuals. It is ugly.


11 posted on 02/14/2013 1:29:49 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: COBOL2Java
The Paterno apologists need to give it up. He admitted in his Grand Jury testimony that he knew something bad was going on in his locker-rooms.

Case closed.

12 posted on 02/14/2013 1:30:39 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: COBOL2Java
Anyone who doesn't believe Paterno knew exactly what was going on in his locker room is being willfully blind. Anyone who thinks there wasn't a cover up to protect the University's reputation, and the huge amount of revenue the program generates, is a hopeless moron.
13 posted on 02/14/2013 2:13:03 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: COBOL2Java
Anyone who doesn't believe Paterno knew exactly what was going on in his locker room is being willfully blind. Anyone who thinks there wasn't a cover up to protect the University's reputation, and the huge amount of revenue the program generates, is a hopeless moron.
14 posted on 02/14/2013 2:13:08 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: COBOL2Java
No, the ‘injustice’ railed against in the 238-page report released Saturday revolves around none other than the late Joseph Vincent Paterno.

Joe Paterno was a football coach. He was not an expert in child sexual abuse. As a football coach (similar training for a scout leader), his job was to report any suspicious activity to his supervisors. Scout leaders are told the same. They are not experts in dealing with alleged sexual abuse.

Joe picked up the phone and called his supervisor to report the incident. The people above him were responsible for the well being of Penn State University. They were not football coaches; they were administrators with responsibilities for the health, safety and well being of the university.

So why does everyone keep trying to pin the blame on Joe Paterno? Joe admitted after the fact that he could have done more, but so could his supervisors who had the responsibility to follow through. Joe did what he was supposed to do. His supervisors did not.

A grave injustice was experienced by the victims. A grave injustice was experienced by Joe Paterno. All because of a sexual predator and the failure of responsible administrators at the university.

15 posted on 02/14/2013 3:07:56 PM PST by olezip
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To: Timber Rattler

The Paterno apologists need to give it up. He admitted in his Grand Jury testimony that he knew something bad was going on in his locker-rooms.
Case closed.

...the thing we need to remember is that the Paterno of the grand jury testimony was not the Paterno of the 70’s and ‘80’s, who would certainly have put an end to this sort of nonsense...by 2001 he was enclosed in the insular web of football fog, football that was the biggest thing going in State College and ancillary incidents that disturbed that miasma were simply punted up the flagpole and conveniently forgotten...
...he claimed not to know about the 1999 investigation, but he let the cat out of the bag by admitting he heard rumors about it...a lame performance that the grand jury willfully let pass without much to say...


16 posted on 02/14/2013 3:10:38 PM PST by IrishBrigade
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To: olezip

Well, then I guess JoePa and Obama have one thing in common: terrible things happen under their leadership, yet they are somehow exempt from blame. They’re “victims” don-cha-know...


17 posted on 02/14/2013 3:18:49 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Of course he knew. He had to know, and lots of other people knew or were at least suspicious. But they all chose to ignore it for the sake of Penn State football. It’s sickening. What grown man takes little boys on trips all the time? Sandusky picked on poor kids with no fathers in particular. I’m sure even some players knew or suspected. It’s a horrible tale of people who willingly sacrificed children for the sake of their own interests.

The Paterno family should hang their heads in shame, and Penn State football should have been terminated.


18 posted on 02/14/2013 5:20:32 PM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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