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Penn State Students Prevented From Watching Joe Paterno Report

Paterno Fired
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Sandusky Denies
But he does admit to showering with children! Watch »
Penn State Abuse
Reactions to the Penn State sexual abuse against boys is galling. Read More »

This morning, students at Penn State University were watching television in anticipation of the release of the Freeh Report, the inquiry into the Penn State sex abuse scandal headed up by former FBI investigator Joeseph Freeh. But as 9 a.m. rolled around — the appointed time when the 267-page report’s details would be released and revealed on CNN — the school’s televisions suddenly went blank. When the TVs came back on, they were broadcasting a local public access channel instead.

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Morning Quickies: Sarah Palin Says “Hang Sandusky From The Highest Tree”

Sandusky Denies
But he does admit to showering with children! Watch »
Paterno Fired
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Mother Speaks
The mom of Victim 1 speaks for the first time. Read More »
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  • Sarah Palin was asked about Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky during an appearance on Greta Van Susteren’s show on Fox yesterday and said, “Hang him from the highest tree. I’ll bring the rope.” Greta then asked if Sarah might want the justice system to run its course first and Sarah replied, “Hang him from the highest tree and I’ll bring the rope if he is guilty of what is alleged.” [Politico]
  • An anti-Kardashian petition on GoPetition.com is begging E! cancel “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” Get a clue, people, E! is not going to cancel that cash cow!  [The Wrap]
  • NeNe Leakes is selling $150 T-shirts that say “I’m Very Rich Bitch!” No, there is no comma. For that much money, you’d think you’d get some proper grammar. [Essence] Keep reading »

Penn State Scandal: Jerry Sandusky’s Lawyer Impregnated A Teenager, Plus More B.S. From McQueary And Paterno!

Sandusky Denies
But he does admit to showering with children! Watch »
Paterno Fired
The students who are protesting need a reality check. Read More »
Mother Speaks
The mom of Victim 1 speaks for the first time. Read More »
  • Earlier today, I posted the video from last night’s interview between NBC’s Bob Costas and accused child rapist Jerry Sandusky. What I didn’t point out then was that Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, was also interviewed and said that not only does he believe his client is innocent, but that he would happily leave his own kids in his care. He also said that he believes they have figured out the identity of Victim 2 — i.e. the young boy graduate assistant coach Mike McCleary allegedly saw being anally raped by Sandusky in the Penn State locker room showers in 2002 — and implied that they would be able to produce witnesses who would contradict that the attack ever happened. He also said he believes that a number of the victims listed in the grand jury report will come forward and say that the attacks described against them never occurred. Wish in one hand, buddy… [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Jerry Sandusky Denies Charges, Admits To Showering With Kids

Paterno Fired
The students who are protesting need a reality check. Read More »
Mother Speaks
The mom of Victim 1 speaks for the first time. Read More »
Penn State Abuse
Reactions to the Penn State sexual abuse against boys is galling. Read More »
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Last night, Jerry Sandusky was interviewed by telephone by NBC’s Bob Costas on “Rock Center.” Sandusky, of course, is the former assistant football coach at Penn State who is accused child sexual abuse against eight alleged victims. When asked by Costas if he is a pedophile, Sandusky replied with a curt, “No.” But he did admit, ”I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them, and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact.” He also admitted to some wrongdoing, saying, “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”  Keep reading »

Penn State Scandal: Even The Devil Is Disgusted

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The students who are protesting need a reality check. Read More »
Mother Speaks
The mom of Victim 1 speaks for the first time. Read More »
Penn State Abuse
Reactions to the Penn State sexual abuse against boys is galling. Read More »
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  • The Devil appeared on “Saturday Night Live”‘s “Weekend Update” and quit his job upon learning the details of the Penn State scandal. Because people who rape children (and people who protect child rapists!) are the kind of evil even the Devil wants nothing to do with. [Hulu]
  • Did you know that Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach who is accused of child sexual assault on eight minors, was released on a mere $100,000 unsecured bail? Which he doesn’t have to pay unless he fails to show up for a court hearing? And that, despite the prosecutor’s request, he doesn’t have to wear a leg monitor? Hmm, wonder if this gentle treatment has anything to do with the fact that the judge, Leslie Dutchcot, is a volunteer with The Second Mile? You know, the children’s charity that Sandusky set up and used as a way of meeting his victims. [Deadspin]
  • A friend of mine — also the husband of one of my dearest friends and the father of my favorite honorary “niece” – owns a very popular swimming school for children in New York City. He has written a compelling blog post about what responsibility coaches hold both on and off the field (and in and out of the pool). [Cap And Goggles] Keep reading »

Penn State Scandal: Victim 1′s Mother Speaks, McQueary Not Coaching On Saturday & Did Sandusky “Pimp” Boys To Wealthy Donors?

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The students who are protesting need a reality check. Read More »
Penn State Abuse
Reactions to the Penn State sexual abuse against boys is galling. Read More »
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It’s clear from the response we received in the comments to yesterday’s piece on the Penn State scandal that people have strong feelings on the topic. I’m going to keep writing about any new developments as the story continues to unfold. 

  • The mother of Victim 1 (the first victim to come forward and report Sandusky to police) appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning, and said that her son, who was 11 at the time the abuse started, told her of the abuse Sandusky inflicted, “I didn’t know what to do … you just can’t tell Jerry no.’” [ABCNews] Keep reading »

The Soapbox: “What If Jerry Sandusky’s Victims Had Been Girls?” Is A Misguided Question, Jezebel

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Earlier today, I wrote about the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the sexual abuse allegations against his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. It is an utterly tragic case for obvious reasons; Sandusky is accused of molesting and raping eight boys over a period of 15 years and when a witness to one of his assaults reported it to his superiors, they didn’t go to the police. The case has illuminated just how far people will go to protect their “reputations” and to adhere to a chain of command rather than their own moral compass. The student protest/riot in State College, PA, following Paterno’s firing further emphasized that hero worship leaves otherwise decent people blind. The more I read, the more depressed I feel.

But I also came across one article that left me incredibly annoyed. Over at Jezebel, Erin Gloria Ryan has written a piece which asks the question, “What if Penn State’s coach had victimized girls?” and tries to make the point that if Sandusky’s victims had been female, the public, private, and media response to the allegations would be very different. While I wholeheartedly agree that female sexual assault victims are very often not taken seriously, and that they are somehow blamed, at least in part, for the crimes against them, etc., I have a serious problem with the Penn State scandal being used as an example of how male sexual assault victims are treated somehow “better” than female sexual assault victims. Keep reading »

Penn State Students Protesting Joe Paterno’s Firing Need A Reality Check

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What if Sandusky's victims had been girls? wonders Jezebel. Read More »

Last night, legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was fired in the aftermath of the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the university. Thousands of students reacted by rioting, throwing rocks and overturning a news van, shouting, “We want JoePa!” Their loyalty is disturbing. Joe Paterno, yes, has a reputation for being one of the greatest coaches in college football history; he chose to “protect” that reputation by not turning a child rapist into the police. Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Ashton Kutcher Mistakenly Defends Ousted Penn State Coach

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  • Ashton Kutcher, who has focused his charity work with Demi Moore on stopping child sex trafficking, tweeted support for Joe Paterno, the Penn State coach who was fired for covering up after being heavily criticized for not doing more to bring allegations of sexual abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky to the attention of authorities. [I updated the previous line and the line below to more accurately reflect the nuances of the situation. -- Editor] “How do you fire Jo Pa #inslut #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.” Ashton quickly apologized — and apologized profusely — when followers pointed out why Joe Paterno was canned for covering up child rape. The tweets have since been deleted off his feed. [ONTD]
  • Glamour magazine has been running their “Jake” column for 56 years — what’s become of all those dudes? [NY Observer]
  • The Olsen twins are selling $4,000 anklets for The Row, as they do. [Styleite] Keep reading »
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