Pulitzer Storm

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Am thrilled that David Farenthold won a Pulitzer for his spectacular reporting for the Washington Post, and am equally thrilled that the Storm Lake Times, of Buena Vista County, Iowa, won one, too

A family-run biweekly with a circulation hovering around 3,000, this little paper Davids the Goliaths of corrupt corporations wreaking havoc on the locals and the landscape,

“We’ve always believed that the Storm Lakes Times should be as good at covering Storm Lake as the New York Times is at covering New York,” said editor-in-chief, Art Cullen. “There’s no reason why an editorial written in Iowa shouldn’t be as good as an editorial written in Washington.”

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Go forth, Cullens!

SAY IT AIN’T SO, JOE

Just to follow up on my posting from yesterday, in his first extensive interview since the scandal broke, Joe Paterno told the Washington Post that “I didn’t know exactly how to handle it, and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was.  So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way.

“You know, he [assistant coach Mike McQueary] didn’t want to get specific. And to be frank with you I don’t know that it would have done any good, because I never heard of, of, rape and a man.”

Allow me to translate.

“I didn’t know exactly how to handle it, and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was my job, my financial interests, and my pal Jerry. So I backed away thought more about my own career and my pal Jerry and turned it over to some other people didn’t call the cops right away, which was the ONLY correct thing to do, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did and instead dumped the mess on people I know who would bury it. It didn’t work out that way. Damn it all to hell, the shit hit the fan anyway.

“You know, he [assistant coach Mike McQueary] didn’t want to get specific. And to be frank with you I don’t know that it would have done any good, because I never heard of, of, rape and a man.” because I had a sneaking suspicion my pal Jerry was a pedophile and if he was caught on campus raping young boys my head would be on a platter too.”

Thanks so much for sharing, Joe. You’re a brilliant role model for young men everywhere.

To read the entire interview, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/joe-paternos-first-interview-since-the-penn-state-sandusky-scandal/2012/01/13/gIQA08e4yP_story.html