Sara Ganim's recent story about a 1971 victim contained known falsehood
Sara Ganim’s latest column regarding an alleged 1971 child sex abuse incident that was allegedly reported to Joe Paterno should serve as additional proof that Ganim (and the Patriot News) never cared about reporting the facts of the Sandusky scandal.
Ganim won a Pulitzer Prize for LOCAL (not investigative) about the “Penn State Scandal.” Evidence that has come to light in the subsequent legal proceedings and in media reports reveal that her Pulitzer winning articles contained known falsehoods, omitted critical information, and fabricated other information in order to create the narrative.
Her recent article is more of the same.
She covered scandal over a year and knew that Sandusky was an acquaintance offender who befriended pre-teen boys and groomed them for victimization. As such, she had to also know that her story of Sandusky picking up a 15 year old hitchhiker, plying him with drugs and alcohol, and forcibly raping was not consistent with Sandusky’s modus operandi.
Ganim also had to know her corroborating witness was not a reliable source, as he was featured in the movie Happy Valley conducting a pathetic one-man protest at the Paterno statue and has a well-known history of irrational behavior.
She knew her story was false but she (and now CNN) decided that perpetuating her false narrative of a “Penn State Scandal” and grabbing headlines and TV appearances trumped the truth (and ethical journalism).
After four years, Penn State finally pushed back and issued a statement denouncing the sensational (false) stories that continue to batter our community. That’s not enough.
CNN should retract this story and issue a public apology to Penn State.