Penn Deep Fishing Reel

Posted in Penn Fishing Gear by Penn Fishing Gear on March 18, 2012

Penn Deep Fishing Reel

Lou Prato's Been Around Big News Stories All Of His Life And He's Around One Now The Jerry Sandusky Sex-Abuse Scandal At Penn State.

Lou Prato's been around major news stories all of his life and he's around one now the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal at Penn State.

After a long career in Television and radio reports, he moved to State School to rejoin the Penn State community, where he earned his journalism degree in 1959. After writing The Penn State Football Encyclopedia, he became the first director of the Penn State All-Sports Museum. Now retired from the varsity, he writes about Penn State sports.

Prato's media career includes working and leading television and radio newsrooms in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago and Dayton, Ohio, as well as work with the Associated Press. His educational certifications include twelve years as head of Northwestern University's broadcast graduate programme in Washington. For years , he used to be a correspondent and contributing writer for the North American Journalism Review.

Many reports directors know him for his more than 35-year stint on the board of the Radio-Television Reports Directors Association (now the Radio TV Digital News Association), including twenty-two years as its treasurer.

He's shaken by the scandal, but he also believes that the press has unfairly blackened the whole institution with their "rush to judgment, the conjecture, the innuendo, the unbelievable commentary based primarily on a grand jury report that is still to be proven in the court of law."

Never one to mince his words, he spoke about his feelings with Contributing Editor P.J. Bednarski in a series of mails, excerpted below.

I know the horrid things are alleged to have happened with those kids sicken you. But My opinion is that on a journalistic level, you're appalled by some of the cover.

Concern about the coverage is nothing compared to the most obvious concern all Penn Staters have for the sufferers of kid abuse and their children, and I mean that sincerely.

But the way the majority of the media continues to portray Penn State, the people that live and work here, the scholars and faculty, the university's soccer team and even our alumni base, one might get it this complete area is inhabited by a horde of vicious, heartless kid sex abusers. One cable Tv talk show host called the second Mile "a molestation farm." Come on!

Now the numerous sanctimonious, self-serving, second-guessing critics in the media and the naive, blood-thirsty public they stir up and influence have made Penn State symbolical of all that is bad in the American culture that's till the media moves on to another shark fest, leaving in its wake an entire life taint of Penn Say will never go regardless of what the final truth could be.

I'm worn out arguing, debating and considering everything that has happened to Penn State, to me, my folks and lots of my friends in the last few weeks, and it's difficult to accept everything reported thus far by the grand jury. Similarly, it is even more difficult to believe Joe Paterno was so morally deficient as his millions of baying knockers in the media and outside it proclaim. It is so out of keeping with character of the person.

As for [Athletic Director] Tim Curley, I have met many liars in my life particularly in academia and I will not believe Tim is a liar and morally deficient. OK, I understand. I and hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of others were fooled by Sandusky. Therefore as to Joe and Tim, we shall see, will not we?

Therefore after all these years, this has taught you something new about the media?

I'll never watch, listen to, and read the news or watch or listen to talk shows as I had before.

You know what wounds me the most, besides what could have happened to those boys? I was a part of the media, a journalism graduate who was taught not only to be fair, balanced and objective, but to be sensitive of others, to get every side of the tale, never to presume, and to not interject my private or political principles into any story.

I was also shown how to be careful of the private agendas of sources as well as my personal, to be cautious of whom to trust, to be doubtful but practical, to resist the temptation to be first without first assuring you have it right, and to never report a rumour simply because you will believe it to be correct. My, how idealistic and old skool.

Maybe you don't see it being so up close and private to this story, but this is what lots of folks would say media do with stories like these all the time.

Look, there were times in my career I didn't meet my own high standards. That bothers me to this day. But I never expected journalism to fall to this level of irresponsibility and shameful, evil depth that it has in the last twenty years. I'm sure there are countless thousands still working in the newsrooms of this country who share my view.

There was good reporting on the nation's level, but I am abashed, embarrassed and I am irritated at how a large crew of the media has reported and analyzed this story with such a pile-on mindset. The haste to judgment, the speculation, the innuendo, the outrageous commentary based basically on a grand jury report that is yet to be proven in the court of law. It has spoiled the position of many folks as well as Penn State College and the whole State University area community.

It's abhorrent to me that a large share of the media and the public has made up its mind without waiting for all the facts to come out through the court process that Joe Paterno is the final villain here for what he probably did or didn't don't Jerry Sandusky and that Penn State and anyone even tangentially connected with Penn State is answerable for what happened. The criticism is vicious and most of all, so self-righteous. Not just the scurrilous internet sites, where you would expect it, but supposed "legitimate media" web sites as well . If you would like more examples, read and see them online yourself.

Well, you worked for the athletic programme. Didn't you hear anything?

For the record, the first I heard of Sandusky's alleged and I continue to use that word as I was first given training to do in journalism school kid abuse was in mid-June of 2009 when I was volunteering for the annual fund raising Second Mile golf tournament. I didn't know Jerry well, but I had been around him at golf tournaments and I had interviewed him 2 times.

I was more mystified than shocked. I recollect. I said, "Jerry??? You have to be kidding!" I knew nothing of what was then the 2 reported situations in 1998 and 2002, and like others I was shocked by the 23-page report to the grand jury. It's sickening and hard to read but I did.

I know you believe some local hacks did some good strong reporting on this. But why failed to this story come out sooner?

There are 3 reporters who were on it. Sara Ganim, once the crime correspondent for the Centre Daily Times, who broke the 1st public news of the enquiry after she had progressed on to the Harrisburg Patriot-News ; Gary Sinderson, a vet "one man band" reporter-photographer for WJAC in Johnstown, who knows the Pennsylvania court system and this community inside out ; and Pat Boland, the reporter-newsman for the local dual-ownership State College radio stations WRSC and ESPNRadio1450. He helped Ganim in her first job fresh out of Penn State's journalism programme in May 2008. You don't hear much about Pat as he stiffed it from brain cancer at the age of 42 in early July but he was deep into the story.

Ganim looks like a reversion to the journalism of my youth, and based mostly on what I have observed, she appears to have more judgment and street smarts than lots of her older, more experienced media peers in Pennsylvania and nationally. She's just 24 and has to be slightly overwhelmed with a tale like this. I just hope that she doesn't slip into the sloppiness that often infects other young journalists who are overtaken by their ego when they finish up on top of a giant nationwide story.

On this Sandusky story, I call Ganim, Sinderson and Boland "The Three Musketeers." They didn't share all their information, but like many correspondents some place else they frequently collaborated on their research. It's unsurprising that Ganim has been the front runner in informing the public of this story. Paper journalists and many Television hacks, particularly in the major markets, can do that. Sinderson and Boland were hemmed in by the medium they were in, a mass of needs dictated by their categorical roles combined with the need to get folks to chat in public on air, disguising their faces or voices if required. That constraints a lot of things.

Sinderson is my kind of old-time reporter, and he's not your average cameraman or videographer. It was Sinderson who first discovered the grand jury's report was posted on the Internet that ill-fated Friday, November. 4 placed there one day too early by mistake and then he posted it on his station's website, and then he surprised Ganim with the news .

But these journalists must have known a lot was going on long before November.

Outsiders have questioned the local media and regional media for not uncovering more of Sandusky's alleged grave misdemeanours ; of not informing the public sooner than this past spring of the investigation ; and, most egregious of all, of not reporting the unsubstantiated rumours that were swirling round the community.

Yet, look it up. Ganim's first Patriot-News story of the enquiry was on March 31. It barely made a ripple even in Harrisburg and State College. Check out Ganim's first story that will still be found online. There were just six comments from Internet readers at the time 2 of them skeptical. Now, folks have gone back to read it and there are a load more comments now. But Ganim has announced in public she was shocked by all this absence of interest,writes tagza.com.

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