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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:20 AM

Paterno truthers harrass journalist Sara Ganim who broke the story

Sara Ganim doesn’t need anybody to defend her. The former Patriot-News reporter has a Pulitzer Prize under her belt already—for breaking open the Jerry Sandusky scandal that ended Joe Paterno’s reign at Penn State—as well as glamorous post-scandal gig at CNN. She’s doing OK.

And yet …

A few things have become increasingly clear in recent months, particularly in the aftermath of the Paterno family’s decision to release its response to the Freeh Report: At Penn State, it may be years or decades before the trauma surrounding Sandusky and Paterno feels like anything more distant than the present tense. That there are quite a few Joe Paterno supporters out there who still feel like he was unfairly castigated for Sandusky’s decade-long evasion of authorities. That a number of them blame Ganim for besmirching Paterno’s reputation. And that a small-but-vocal number of those people are determined to hound Ganim—sometimes in ugly and frightening ways—for the sin of having committed journalism.

Twitter, it seems, has become a particularly scary venue for her. On Friday night, she posted this:
There are really some scary people out there. Absolute nutjobs. Thinking about ditching twitter. Not sure of its value anymore.


And then, as evidence of what she’s dealing with, posted this:
Greg Bucceroni @gregbucceroni
@vaf102 @sganim @smss_ff @alfonsoranaudo How can someone be on their back the same time they are on their knees whistling with a full mouth?


Now: Bucceroni’s got his own set of issues, but it’s not like he’s a complete exception here. It’s time for the harassment to stop. And it will probably require some loyal Penn Staters—the vast, vast majority of them good, blameless people—to help put an end to it.

Let’s put aside how incredibly tedious, tiresome and unavoidable the “Paterno truther” brigade has become for anyone who dares write (or even tweet) credulously about the downfall of Saint JoePa. What even the truthers should understand is this: Fighting back against Paterno’s critics by using sexually demeaning and degrading language is really not the best way to demonstrate that you have your priorities in the right place when a sex abuse scandal—and the ease with which it was overlooked—is at the heart of the whole neverending mess in the first place.
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More: http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2013/02/19/ugly-harassment-sara-ganim

Stay classy Paterno and PSU supporters.
Slime everywhere!

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:28 AM

1. My family is from that area...

Paterno was a God to them (Not my family, but the other folk who live there). Football is a way of life. I never understood it.

I can totally understand that people are upset by her reporting. I think it's dumb, but I understand it.

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Response to RudynJack (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:40 AM

2. And you can understand the

harrassment, sexist remarks and threats?

Sorry, but no!

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:47 AM

3. I said nothing of the sort.

Don't be silly. To say I understand something is not to say I agree with it.

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Response to RudynJack (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:13 AM

4. Sorry.

I will never understand the need to demean or threaten somebody.
I understand the disgreement with the reporting.

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Response to Are_grits_groceries (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:25 AM

5. You get the feeling that these people are most outraged over losing their football program

Not what happened to the boys, not the cover up. Sure they say a few token words about how regrettable all that stuff is, but then they just become apoplectic over Paterno being fired, and the football program being put on probation. THAT is what they are really outraged about.

Paterno and Sandusky: both registered Republicans, BTW.

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