David Jones opined that the Pro-Paterno forces who contributed to the Sports Illustrated story on PSU medical staff changes are looking out for their own self interest. He couldn't be more wrong.
David Jones, in his May 15 column, opined that Pro-Paterno forces are simply out for themselves and are upset that they are no longer in positions of power.
However, Jones does not provide a single example of a person who is "clawing" to get back anything remotely related to a position of power at PSU.
The only person who has made any public pronouncement about being wronged and deserving something more from PSU is Mike McQueary. And it is clear from his lawsuit that he is only out for himself. McQueary is not exactly part of the "Pro-Paterno" camp, so who are these loyalists clawing for power?
A small skirmish over the medical staffing is hardly a representative example of what the divisiveness at PSU is about.
So, David Jones, it's time to put up or shut up.
Name names. Who wants their power back?
If anyone is "clawing" to retain power, it's the incompetent members of the PSU BOT who totally screwed the pooch in November 2011 and continue to do so.
However, the most important part of this story is that Jones has fallen for the false narrative that the so-called Penn State "Leadership" (i.e., Erickson and the BOT) is all about moving the University "forward" from this devastating scandal brought upon it by rogue administrators and an out of control football program.
The facts of the case are the opposite, but Jones and most others in the media don't have an ounce of common sense to see them as they are.
The yarn spun by Louis Freeh about PSU covering for Sandusky's crimes to "avoid the consequences of bad publicity" doesn't hold water. Penn State, who faced the worst on slaught of bad publicity due to their lack of any response to false charges, has not collapsed.
On the other hand, The Second Mile, who had the most incentive to cover up Sandusky's crimes, and could not weather a storm of bad publicity, is in ruins. And it is in ruins, even though the PA Office of Attorney General did it's level best to protect it.
In addition, the PA DPW and CYS have been largely unscathed by the scandal. These organizations had the opportunity to roll up Sandusky in 1998, but have gotten little or no criticism in the press for their colossal failures.
The so-called "Pro-Paterno" people understand that the evidence against PSU and the football program doesn't hold water. And they also understand that the false narrative blaming Sandusky's crimes on a few administrators and coaches is a diversion that deflects the public's attention from the serious problems regarding child protection in Pennsylvania.
In response to a "spin-off" article on the Jones fallacy, I posted this comment:
On one side, are the so-called "Pro-Paterno" people, who have uncovered more facts about the Sandusky child abuse case than did Louis Freeh. This group understands that the Freeh Report was a whitewash on several levels, but most importantly, the Freeh Report keeps the children of Pennsylvania in harm's way by not calling out the failures of the state's child protective services. The so-called "Pro-Paterno" group will not rest until the children of Pennsylvania are getting the protection they deserve and that the truth is exposed about the roles of The Second Mile, the PSU Board, the PA DPW, and Centre County CYS in enabling Sandusky's abuse of children.
On the other side are a handful of trustees, the media, and the public who are pushing a false narrative about what happened and who are, in effect, enabling the continued abuse of children in Pennsylvania.
This is not about football. And it's not about Joe Paterno. It's about protecting kids.
The folks who are telling everyone to "move forward" are leaving the children behind.
David Jones is among those who are leaving the children behind.