Tuesday, April 10

Ganim's & Levinson's Lack of Ethics Exposed in Final Scenes

The fact that the final scene of HBO's Paterno shows Ganim fielding a call from the 1976 accuser exposes her work and Levinson's film as unethical. 

By
Ray Blehar

April 10, 2018, 11:04 AM EDT

In the final fictional scene of HBO's Paterno, crime and courts reporter Sara Ganim (Riley Keough) is shown fielding a phone call from the 1976 accuser in her Patriot News office.  The point of the scene is to convince viewers that Joe Paterno knew about Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children for decades and did nothing about it.

While Director Barry Levinson described the movie as a fictional treatment, he also stated that it was based on things that actually happened.  While it is true a complaint was made claiming an incident occurred in 1976, Ganim, Levinson, and HBO's attorneys knew or should have known that the allegation was unsubstantiated based on a statement released by Penn State and other publicly available information.

Ganim, Levinson, and HBO's attorneys knew or should have known that the 1976 accuser, like all the other claimants, signed a settlement from Penn State University (PSU) that included the following language stating that the University did not admit the allegation was valid:








The legal team of Feinberg Rosen, who conducted the settlement process, described it as nothing more than a financial negotiation where the claimants, unlike others who sue for damages, had no evidence of long-term economic loss or physical harm.

"This is a market-driven process.  Plaintiffs will demand one thing, defendants are willing to give up another. My job is to present them with facts that can justify them meeting in the middle."

Feinberg Rosen's reference to market-driven specifically meant that claimants after 2001 were paid the highest based on the idea that their alleged abuse could have been prevented.  Claims prior to 1998 were paid the least because there is no evidence supporting that PSU officials had any inkling of Sandusky's sexual abuse of children.

Again, information about the claims process in the public domain and Levinson, et al, had to know they were on thin ice to use any evidence outside of those things vetted in a court of law (i.e., Sandusky and Spanier trials) as content for the movie.

1976 Accusation

HBO's attorneys knew or should have known that information arising out of the claims process was dubious at best.  However, the attorneys, Ganim, and Levinson could have reviewed the salient details of the claim and easily determined it was not legitimate.

First, the 1976 claimant (John Doe 150) alleged that he Sandusky digitally penetrated his anus while he was in a crowded shower room at a Penn State football camp.  That alleged attack not only goes against Sandusky's method of operation, but the method of operation of almost every other known serial offender.  Serial offenders do not commit crimes overtly or in the full view of others.  If they did, they wouldn't be committing crimes very long.  Anyone who believes the 1976 accusation lacks common sense.

Next, campers at PSU sports camps do not shower with coaches in the football locker room.  They return to the dormitories and shower there.  The latter is also a common practice that would be familiar to most who attended a sports camp on a college campus.

John Doe 150 also alleged that he told several players about the attack and they did nothing.  That left him with no alternative but to go to Paterno.  As such, he had to make the trek from East Halls to the other side of campus to find Paterno's office in Rec Hall (i.e., the basketball arena).  That's where the nail hits the coffin for John Doe 150.

When asked if he found Paterno in a sports facility, he responded negatively. 



There was no legitimate excuse for Ganim, who was familiar with the PSU campus and covered the Sandusky trial, not to recognize that the 1976 claim was fraudulent and advise Levinson against using it in the movie.  However, if the 1976 claim wasn't used to establish their wishful thinking that Paterno had decades of  knowledge of Sandusky's abuse of children, then alternative was to use the 1971 claim.

And they undoubtedly knew the 1971 accusation was even more fraudulent than the 1976 claim.

1971 Accusation

Ganim, who has broken no stories of significance since moving to CNN,  learned in July 2016 of the 1976 accusation from press reports regarding the Penn State University v. Pennsylvania Manufacturer's Association (PMA) lawsuit.  Desperate to be relevant again, she apparently seized on the opportunity.

According to a television interview, Ganim stated she had been told about the 1971 allegation sometime prior to the release of excerpts of PMA claims.

Ganim's 1971 accuser made the outlandish claim that he was hitch-hiking as a 15 year-old when he was picked up by Sandusky, plied with drugs and alcohol (by a well known teetotaler), then violently assaulted and raped.  The story then became even more incredible when the accuser stated he told his foster parents about the attack -- and instead of calling the police, they forced him to call Paterno directly at his University office (Paterno's home telephone number was always listed in the telephone book).   

As a reporter who covered the Sandusky criminal trial, Ganim was well aware that Sandusky was an acquaintance offender and of his method of operation.  Therefore, she also knew that 1971 accuser's story didn't fit with those characteristics.  She also knew that a state trooper didn't find his story credible.  

From the article:
The trooper told CNN that he does remember on the day of Sandusky's arraignment, talking to Victim A, and thinking the story seemed too crazy to be believed."

"Who is going to believe that Joe Paterno would do that? Honestly," he said
The part the trooper likely found incredible was that Paterno and another man allegedly told the boy they that "Sandusky had done so many good things" and they would "call the authorities" to get him to stop. 

In 1971, Sandusky was a new assistant coach and had not yet founded the group home he would call The Second Mile -- a fact mentioned in Ganim's column.  As such, there was he had no track record of good works and wouldn't have been vehemently defended by Paterno, who had gotten rid of other assistants for far less serious transgressions.

Her column persisted in attempting to prove that the accuser was an actual victim because he had received a settlement from PSU, which she knew or should have known didn't hold any weight of credibility.  
However, her column completely fell on its face when it resorted to using a mentally imbalanced man, Bernie McCue, as the corroboration for the 1971's accuser's story.

McCue was well known in State College for his erratic behavior, especially writing obscenities on magazines and newspapers (with a red pen) then putting them in the racks at restaurants and businesses for others to discover. He had a special hatred for Joe Paterno, as evidenced by his handiwork (shown below) and had a history of erratic and criminal behavior.

Ganim's corroborating source was Bernie McCue, a well known Paterno hater.

McCue was arrested in 2006 for two counts of harassment and again in 2012 for a single count of harassment with no legitimate purpose.

In August 2013, McCue penned a letter to the daily Collegian suggesting that Penn State remove "Peachy Paterno" ice cream from the shelves of the Berkey Creamery.


























McCue appeared movie Happy Valley (2014) carrying out a one-man protest at the Paterno statue (as pictured above).  This scene was featured exclusively in the New York Times to promote the movie. OnwardState (OS), a publication well known to Ganim due her ties to PSU, slammed Happy Valley in a movie review, in part, because it featured McCue.  In its review, OS reported it was one of the most widely watched shows on Netflix.

Was Ganim oblivious to all that?  Only if she lived under a rock.

In October 2014, he was observed driving by the Student Book Store in downtown State College yelling obscenities out the window of this car while giving the middle finger to a crowd of people who were signing 409 placards to honor Joe Paterno.

After the NCAA restored the vacated wins of Paterno on January 16, 2015, McCue wrote another vitriolic letter to the Collegian demeaning Paterno.






































All of these things happened before Ganim's story featuring McCue went to print.

After going to print, he was arrested again for disorderly conduct and using obscene language and gestures.  At the ripe old age of 80, McCue was again arrested.  This time it was for disorderly conduct and engaging in fighting.

McCue died September 1, 2017 and his obituary includes some rather interesting details including that he had no wife or children, was the resident manager of two rooming houses, tutored students, had an unpleasant experience as a high school teacher, and -- wait for it --  took a hitch-hiking vacation to Maine.

All of the evidence above was available to Levinson, HBO's attorneys, and Ganim prior to the release of the film.  Unless they are completely gullible fools, there was no excuse for them to consider that  the 1971 or 1976 allegations had merit.

To show the last scene of Ganim fielding a call from the 1976 accuser and not, at a minimum, dedicate a screen stating that the 1976 allegation was never proven was an ethical lapse.

Monday, April 9

More Than 300 Penn State Football Lettermen React to HBO 'Paterno' Movie


Contacts: Brian Masella 1975 Letterman (919) 372-8014
Christian Marrone 1997 Letterman (571) 421-7061

STATEMENT FROM PENN STATE LETTERMAN
As Penn State Lettermen, there was never a question that one day we would see a movie made about Joe Paterno, one that showcased his impact on the game of football, on Penn State University and, on the thousands of men he coached and mentored over his 61-year career. Sadly -- and wrongly -- HBO’s ‘Paterno’ is not that movie. It has been described by producer Barry Levinson as a work of fiction, which is likely the only truth in the entire project. Incredibly, in making the movie, Levinson and his team never consulted a single person who was close to, worked with, or was coached by Joe Paterno. Not even family members or us, who undoubtedly knew him best of all. As a result, this uninformed depiction of Joe fails in every manner about the man we knew and loved. Deviously using ‘fiction’ as his shield, Levinson takes shameless liberties about the Sandusky scandal and Joe’s knowledge of it that would certainly be proven libelous if Joe were alive today. As a coach, educator and philanthropist, Joe Paterno was a positive force in our lives, molding us not only to win games, but to win in life. His character, integrity, and moral compass will live on in us long after the ill-gotten ratings of this reckless attempt at entertainment fades away.

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Sunday, April 8

HBO's Paterno Is Part Fiction, Part Fantasy with Truth Occasionally Sprinkled In

HBO's docufiction about Joe Paterno was filled with errors and practically unwatchable for those who are cognizant of the facts of the case.  The movie mostly perpetuates the myth that Sara Ganim is an investigative reporter whose reporting was essential in bringing a child molester to justice.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

By
Ray Blehar

April 8, 2018, 1:55 PM EDT, Updated at 3:54 PM EDT

HBO's Paterno comes across as a ridiculous work of fiction from the outset as it shows Sara Ganim cheering on the Penn State University (PSU) Nittany Lions as a sideline reporter and then several obviously fictional scenes from inside the stadium and locker room.  Even Patriot News VP of Content, Cate Barron, weighed in on Twitter, stating Patriot News - Penn Live reporters wouldn't wear a Penn State hat on the job.



As the scene played out, it became obvious that Ganim had no familiarity with Beaver Stadium and wasn't at the Saturday, October 30th PSU-Illinois game because the most dramatic, unforgettable scene that played out on that day is conspicuously absent.

Friday, April 6

HBO's Paterno is Docufiction

According to multiple sources who have viewed HBO's Paterno, the movie goes overboard by introducing pure fiction to reinforce the false narrative of a Penn State cover-up.

By

Ray Blehar

April 6, 2018; 10:02 PM EDT, Updated April 7, 8:07 AM

Those who have viewed HBO's Paterno movie, including a review by CNN, corroborate that it uses purely fictional situations to strengthen the (now discredited) narrative of a cover-up of Sandusky's crimes by Penn State University (PSU) officials.  The movie is docufiction...from start to finish.

After headliner Al Pacino, the second credit of the movie goes to Riley Keough, who portrays Sara Ganim as an investigative reporter (which Ganim isn't and never was).   Ganim also receives full screen credit as consultant on the film.


Riley Keough plays former local reporter, Sara Ganim

As consultant, she does exactly as she did as a local crime and courts reporter for the Harrisburg Patriot News.  She told director Barry Levinson the same story that she and her editors concocted from information provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Attorney General (OAG).  

Tuesday, January 30

Needed Solutions for the Nassar Problem

As the NCAA and Congress get ready to meddle in the Nassar case and waste everyone's time and money by figuring out who to punish for not reporting, here are the reforms that should be made to protect children from the Larry Nassar's of the world.

By
Ray Blehar
January 30, 2018, 8:13 PM EST

The NCAA and Congress are jumping into the Michigan State University (MSU) and USA Gymnastics failures with both feet to find out why there were reporting failures in those organizations.

If the NCAA does what it did in the Sandusky case -- the blame will be placed on the "culture" at MSU that favored athletics over common decency.  The results of the NCAA investigation will be unhelpful to protect against future sexual abuse of children at MSU or elsewhere.

The Congress has already passed a bill mandating that governing bodies of amateur sports must call police in the event of reports of child abuse.  It won't prevent another Nassar situation from occurring.

The familiar vows of University trustees that this "can never happen again" will also do nothing to stop the next Nassar because their views, like those of Congress and the NCAA,  are informed by sensational news reports -- and not the full facts of the case.

Speaking of facts, the NCAA, Congress, MSU, the media, and and the public need to accept this one:

Focusing corrective action on reporting alone will not make children any safer and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has the facts to prove it. 

Thursday, January 25

Heed Judge Aquilina's Call for a "Massive Investigation"

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina rightfully sentenced Larry Nassar to 175 years, however her call for a "massive investigation" is much more important.

By
Ray Blehar
January 25, 2018. 9:32 AM EST

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina's sentencing of Larry Nassar will put him in prison for life and will ensure he never touches a child again.  That was pretty much expected given the amount of suffering Nassar caused. However, the Judge went well beyond expectations by calling for "a massive investigation" over the "inaction" and "silence" about Nassar's crimes.  


Aquilina's call for a "massive investigation" of "inaction" is on the mark


If her call for such an investigation is heeded it will be more beneficial than any of the partial (i.e., sports) investigations that have been initiated and/or are being proposed.  

As notpsu.blogspot.com reported on January 18th of this year, the Nassar case was veering in the wrong direction and becoming a sports story.  Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post, in a column seemingly unaware of the scope of Nassar's crimes, is calling for a Congressional investigation into USA Gymnastics.  That won't help stop another Nassar.

The decision by the NCAA to send a letter of inquiry to Michigan State University (MSU) regarding compliance with the NCAA Constitution -- similar to its actions in the Penn State University (PSU) Sandusky matter - will be similarly unhelpful.

Only the "massive investigation" (all-encompassing) that includes every organization that had an opportunity to stop Nassar, but didn't, will have the potential of educating the public about "nice guy" offenders and possibly prevent future abuse across our nation.

Tuesday, January 23

Nassar: No Blame, No Outrage

Columnists have weighed in on why there isn't as much outrage over the Nassar scandal as there was  over the Sandusky scandal.  Their columns get it partially right -- but go to fantasy land when opining that it's because of the gender of the victims.

By
Ray Blehar
January 23, 2018, 10:52 AM EST

A number of columnists are weighing in on the reasons why there is not as much outrage over Larry Nassar's crimes as there was over Jerry Sandusky's.

They get it partially right in recognizing there is far less national interest in gymnastics than there is for football and that Nassar was not a legendary coach, like Joe Paterno.  But that was so easy that Jemele Hill and everyone else could figure it out.

Buzzfeed's Jessica Luther surprised me when she correctly recognized that the outrage and repercussions at Penn State (and Baylor) were not because people actually care about victims. 

But then Luther and Hill both drove into fantasy land when they opined that there is less outrage because the victims were women or involved women's sports in the Nassar case.

Luther wrote:

"Sports media barely covers women’s sports and that coverage can be laced through with sexist ideas about how female athletes should look or behave (especially during the Olympics). "

Hill wrote:

"Until we accept the fact that predators go to school, church and work with us, coach our kids and date our daughters, the voices of abused girls and women will never regularly inspire courageous action on their behalf." 

They couldn't be more wrong.

Friday, January 19

MSU Almost Gets It Right - But Misses by A Million Miles

Calling for an independent review of the actions of MSU employees (by Michigan AG Schuette) is good, but that review will overlook the failures of many others who had a duty to protect children.  As a result, the lessons on how to detect the next Larry Nassar will be lost again and more children will be unnecessarily harmed.

By
Ray Blehar
January 19, 2018, 8:41 PM EST

The Michigan State University (MSU) Board of Trustees (BOT) has almost gotten it right by requesting Michigan Attorney General (AG) Bill Schuette to review the actions of MSU personnel with regard to the Larry Nassar case.

Almost.

Unfortunately, the MSU BOT is following a similar track as the Penn State University (PSU) BOT did with the Sandusky scandal and is foolishly asking for a review of its actions only.

The problem with this review is that it won't show how Nassar was able to similarly fool those outside the University, especially Michigan's Children's Protective Services (CPS), the Meridian Township Police, and the Ingham County Prosecutors office -- all public services entrusted with protecting society from criminals like Larry Nassar.

Kyle Stephens, the first victim to testify, spoke about being abused by Nassar in his basement starting when she was five years old.

At the beginning, she stated (my emphasis added):

“I’ve told counselors your name in hopes they would report you. I’ve told your name to Child Protective Services twice. I gave a testament to get your medical license revoked. You were first arrested on my charges. And now as the only nonmedical victim to come forward, I testify to let the world know you are a repulsive liar.”






Thursday, January 18

Distant Replay: Nassar Case Veering In Wrong Direction

Unfortunately, the lessons that should have been learned from the Sandusky scandal were lost in favor of the false narrative that PSU officials knew a pedophile was in their midst and covered it up to preserve the reputation of the University and its football program.  It appears we are in for a replay in the Larry Nassar case.

By
Ray Blehar
January 18, 2018, 12:10 PM EST

They "knew."

Everyone "knew."

As preposterous as it may seem, the media (ESPN, The Detroit News, et al) once again is propagating a false narrative that Michigan State University (MSU) officials, those at USA Gymnastics, and other organizations that Larry Nassar used to perpetrate child sexual victimization all "knew" what Nassar was doing.

Yes, many female athletes, some of them children, complained to MSU athletic officials, USA Gymnastics officials, and, yes, their stories are compelling and heart-breaking.

However, we are hearing those stories with the benefit of hindsight.  Nassar confessed and was convicted of being a serial child molester.

Did all of those people, who are the subjects of the media onslaught, actually "know" Nassar was a child molester at the time of the allegations?   Were they all turning a blind eye to Nassar's abuse?

Of course not.

ESPN called them "enablers."  And that's wrong.

Wednesday, January 10

No Coincidence, Part 2: The Non-Investigation of Sandusky & The Second Mile

The Washington Post story on the Sandusky scandal discounted the influence of The Second Mile on the Sandusky investigation, however Corbett's avoidance of the charity remains "inexplicable" and "doesn't pass the smell test."

By
Ray Blehar

January 10, 2018. 8:50 PM, EST

In Part 1, notpsu.blogspot.com laid out the circumstantial evidence supporting the scenario that Corbett used the Sandusky investigation for the purpose of eliminating his nemesis, former PSU President Graham Spanier.

Part 2 will show that Tom Corbett's statement that The "Second Mile had no influence on that investigation" is without merit and that the Washington Post shouldn't have dismissed the charity's influence without a full appraisal of the evidence.

From the Post:

"....McQueary unwittingly became part of a conspiracy engineered by former Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett (R). As Pennsylvania attorney general, Corbett oversaw the early stages of the Sandusky investigation, and as governor, Corbett was a member of the Penn State board that forced out Spanier, the school’s president. Blehar points out Corbett accepted campaign donations from Second Mile board members and had feuded with Spanier over state funding.
While outlandish, such theories gained currency in Pennsylvania. In 2013, newly elected Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D), who suggested on the campaign trail that Corbett slow-walked the Sandusky investigation and donations from Second Mile officials played a role, appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the state’s Sandusky investigation.
“The Second Mile had no influence on that investigation whatsoeverand there’s no evidence that they did,” Corbett said. “But [Penn State alumni] won’t accept that, will they?”

Penn State alumni have good reason not to accept that TSM didn't influence the investigation because they're among the few people who are familiar with the contents of the Moulton Report -- and aren't relying on media sound bites.

The Moulton Report clearly showed that the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and the Office of Attorney General (OAG) avoided the charity like the plague in the first two years of the investigation.

Former AG Kathleen Kane called it an "inexcusable" delay. Moulton called it an "inexplicable" delay.

Both are correct.