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Why the Preliminary Hearing Exposed the Case Against Penn State as a Fraud

It is rather amazing and illuminating that so much new has happened in the last couple of weeks of the so-called “Penn State Scandal.” After all, since most of the possible punishments have already been decided and enforced (possibly permanently), you would think that we would already know the vast majority of knowledge available regarding what actually did, and did not, happen. Obviously, the fact that this is clearly not the case, proves, if nothing else, that there has been a massive and irrational rush to judgment in this story. 

Is Deadspin's Third Hit Piece on John Ziegler a Sign of Progress?

Yesterday, Deadspin, the website which played a very significant role in changing the focus of the Jerry Sandusky to Joe Paterno, did their third "hit piece" on me in the last four months. I wish to share a few thoughts about this development so as to give you some insight on what is really going on here.

The Betrayal of Joe Paterno: How It All Probably Happened

“A lie gets half way around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

Winston Churchill

"In the aftermath of the Freeh Report, the powers that be at present at Penn State should have the good graces to suspend the football program for at least a year, perhaps more.”

Bob Costas, July 17th, 2012

“That doesn’t necessarily make sense.”

Bob Costas, May 29th, 2013, on the underlying theory of the same Freeh Report

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter One: It Begins

CHAPTER ONE: IT BEGINS

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Two: The McQueary Episode

CHAPTER TWO: THE MCQUEARY EPISODE

Of course, unknown at the time of Paterno’s firing (among a multitude of other vitally important facts) is that just five weeks after almost being hired as the head football coach at Virginia, Jerry Sandusky was witnessed by Mike McQueary acting, at the very least, “inappropriately” with a boy, later to be known as Victim 2, in a Penn State shower.

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Three: The Lull Before the Storm

CHAPTER THREE: THE LULL BEORE THE STORM

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Four: The Media Firestorm

CHAPTER FOUR: THE MEDIA FIRESTORM

In retrospect, it is really quite amazing how close Penn State and specifically Joe Paterno came to escaping this situation largely unscathed. For the first two days of the story, that is essentially what happened.

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Five: The Firing

CHAPTER FIVE: THE FIRING

On Wednesday November 9th, 2011 Joe Paterno awoke as the head football coach at Penn State as he had for each of the previous 16,747 days. ESPN was now in a full-court press to force his ouster before that Saturday’s game with Nebraska (to be carried, not coincidentally, by ESPN) and the New York Times was reporting (no doubt via their “source” John Surma)  that the Penn State Board of Trustees was planning his departure.

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Six: The Sandusky Trial

CHAPTER SIX: THE SANDUSKY TRIAL

"The Betrayal of Joe Paterno" Chapter Seven: The Freeh Report

CHAPTER SEVEN: THE FREEH REPORT

One of the more amazing elements of this entire saga is that Louis Freeh is somehow still perceived as a highly respected and credible investigator. Quite literally, it would be difficult to find a more suspect investigative history from someone who had once been the director of the modern FBI. Had the media wanted to do so, creating the narrative that Freeh is a fraud would have been far easier than the one they concocted that Joe Paterno was obviously a pedophile protector.

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