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Posted in Penn Fishing Gear by Penn Fishing Gear on February 4, 2012

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

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

After a long career in Television and radio news, he moved to State College to rejoin the Penn State community, where he earned his journalism degree in 1959. After authoring The Penn State Soccer Encyclopedia, he became the 1st director of the Penn State All-Sports Museum. Now retired from the university, he still writes about Penn State sports.

Prato's media career includes working and leading TV and radio newsrooms in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago and Dayton, Ohio, as well as work with the Associated Press. His educational references include 12 years as head of Northwestern University's broadcast graduate programme in Washington. For a while he used to be a hack and contributing writer for the North American Journalism Review.

Many stories directors know him for his more than 35-year stint on the board of the Radio-Television News Directors Association (now the Radio TV Digital News Association), including 22 years as its treasurer.

He is shaken by the scandal, but he also believes that the national press has unfairly darkened the entire institution with their "rush to judgment, the supposition, the innuendo, the unbelievable commentary based essentially on a grand jury report that is yet to be proven in the court of law."

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

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

Concern about the cover is nothing in comparison to the simple concern all Penn Staters have for the sufferers of child abuse and their youngsters, and I mean that sincerely.

But the way almost all of the media has continued to portray Penn State, the people that live and work here, the students and faculty, the university's football team and even our alumni base, one might get the point this entire area is inhabited by a horde of callous, heartless child sex abusers. One cable TV talk show host called the second Mile "a molestation farm." Come on!

Now the many sanctimonious, self-serving, second-guessing critics in the media and the gullible, blood-thirsty public they incite and influence have made Penn State symbolical of all that is bad in the American culture that is till the media moves on to another shark fest, leaving in its wake an entire life taint of Penn Confirm that will never go away no matter what the final truth could be.

I'm worn out disagreeing, debating and considering everything which has happened to Penn State, to me, my folks and plenty of my friends in the last few weeks, and it is difficult to believe everything reported so far by the grand jury. Additionally, it is even more tricky to believe Joe Paterno was so morally deficient as his millions of baying critics 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 especially 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 duped by Sandusky. Hence as to Joe and Tim, we shall see, won't we?

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

I can never watch, hear, and read the news or watch or hear talk shows as I had before.

You know what hurts me the most, besides what may 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 story, never to assume, and to not interject my personal or political beliefs into any story.

I was also shown how to be careful of the private agendas of sources as well as my private, to be suspicious of whom to trust, to be skeptical but pragmatic, to withstand the temptation to be first without first assuring you have it right, and to never report a rumor simply because you'll believe it to be correct. My, how idealistic and old skool.

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

Look, there were times in my career I didn't meet my private exacting standards. That bothers me to this day. But I didn't expect journalism to fall to this level of irresponsibility and shameful, malicious depth that it has in the last twenty years. I am sure there are many thousands still working in the newsrooms of this country who share my view.

There's been good reporting on the national level, but I'm abashed, embarrassed and I'm annoyed at how a large crew of the media has reported and investigated this story with such a pile-on mindset. The haste to judgment, the speculation, the innuendo, the ridiculous commentary based essentially on a grand jury report that is still to be proven in the court of law. It has ruined the position of many people as well as Penn State University and the entire State College area community.

It's offensive to me that a big share of the media and the general 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 did not don't Jerry Sandusky and that Penn State and any person even tangentially connected with Penn State is answerable for what happened. The feedback is vicious and most of all, so self-righteous. Not just the scurrilous web sites, where you might expect it, but so-called "legitimate media" web sites as well . If you want more examples, read and see them on the Internet yourself.

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

For the record, the 1st I heard about Sandusky's purported and I keep on employing that word as I was first instructed to do in journalism school kid abuse was in mid-June of 2009 when I was volunteering for the annual fund-raising 2nd Mile golf competition. I did not know Jerry well, but I had been around him at golf competitions and I had interviewed him two times.

I was more mystified than startled. I remember. I revealed, "Jerry??? You have got to be kidding!" I knew nothing of what was then the two reported incidents in 1998 and 2002, and like others I was surprised by the 23-page report to the grand jury. It's sickening and tough to read but I did.

I know you think some local journalists did some good strong reporting on this. But why did not this story come out earlier?

There are 3 correspondents who were on it. Sara Ganim, once the crime journalist 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 died of brain cancer at the age of 42 in early July but he was deep into the tale.

Ganim appears like a reversion to the journalism of my youth, and based on what I have noted, she seems to have more judgment and street smarts than lots of her older, more experienced media peers in Pennsylvania and nationally. She is just 24 and needs to be slightly overwhelmed with a story like this. I just hope she doesn't slip into the sloppiness that frequently infects other young journalists who are overtaken by their ego when they end up on top of a big national story.

On this Sandusky story, I call Ganim, Sinderson and Boland "The 3 Musketeers." They didn't share all their information, but like many reporters somewhere else they often cooperated on their research. It's not surprising that Ganim has been the leader in informing the general public of this story. Newspaper reporters and many Television reporters, particularly in the major markets, can do that. Sinderson and Boland were constrained by the medium they were in, a mass of needs dictated by their particular jobs combined with the need to get folk to chat in public online, disguising their faces or voices if required. That constraints lots of things.

Sinderson is my sort of old-time correspondent, and he's not your average cameraman or videographer. It was Sinderson who first discovered the grand jury's report was posted on the Web that fateful Friday, Nov. Four placed there one day prematurely , by mistake and then he posted it on his station's website, and then he stunned Ganim with the news .

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

Outsiders have was critical of the local media and regional media for not revealing more of Sandusky's purported grave transgressions ; of not informing the general public earlier than this past spring of the inquiry ; and, most egregious of all, of not reporting the unproven rumours that were swirling around the community.

Yet, look it up. Ganim's first Patriot-News story of the inquiry was on March 31. It hardly made a ripple even in Harrisburg and State Varsity. Check out Ganim's initial story that may still be found on the Internet. There were just six comments from Web readers at the time two of them doubtful. Now, folks have gone back to read it and there are a load more comments now. But Ganim has expounded publicly she was surprised by all that lack of interest,writes

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