Walter Uhler had been one of the most prolific and dedicated defenders of his Alma Mater until his website was hacked about a year ago. His early series on the Penn State situation began in Nov. 2011 and many of his contributions to the FACTS in opposition to media slander are still available archived on OP-ED News and The Smirking Chimp
The Philadelphia Inquirer editorial following the Temple football game activities remembering Joe Paterno is the latest target for Walter Uhler's insightful contempt. The Inquirer claims that PSU "just doesn't get it" when we here at SMSS KNOW TO A CERTAINTY that the Inquirer, along with most of the media nationwide, are the one's who NEVER GOT it then and STILL DON'T GET IT.
Here is Walter Uhler's letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer sent: Fri, Sep 23, 2016 10:52 am
Subject: Joe Pa Party Insensitive
To the Editor:The first grand jury presentment in the Sandusky scandal was leaked on 5 November 2011. As an intentionally inflammatory summary of the grand jury's findings, rather than actual testimony, the presentment falsely asserted that Mike McQueary "saw a naked boy... being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky" In fact, McQueary told the grand jury no such thing. Neither did he tell the grand jury that he told Joe Paterno and, subsequently, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz that he witnessed anal intercourse. In fact, the author of the presentment lied in order to inflame public outrage.
One merely needs to look at McQueary's actual testimony to detect these lies. Nevertheless, the Inquirer fell for the bait when, on 4 December 2011, it castigated Penn State officials for "their dismissal of the reported rape."
The Inquirer was similarly (and mistakenly) outraged when Louis Freeh issued his report and outrageously concluded that Joe Paterno was part of a cover-up. Outrageously? Yes! On 4 September 2013, former Sandusky prosecutor Frank Fina asserted: “I do not” believe Coach Paterno was a part of the conspiracy to conceal -- to cover-up the crimes at Penn State by Jerry Sandusky. “And, I’m viewing this strictly on the evidence, not any kind of fealty to anybody. I did not find that evidence.”
Finally, without any investigation of the allegation, in July of this year the Inquirer reported: "A man who claimed that he told Joe Paterno in 1976 that Jerry Sandusky abused him in a Pennsylvania State University locker room shower testified under oath that the iconic head coach brushed off the complaint, saying he had a football season to worry about". Had the people at the Inquirer given that allegation a moment's thought, they would have found it strange that Sandusky -- who was known to first groom his victims and then assault them when they were alone --supposedly assaulted the boy in a shower occupied by other kids. Had the people at the Inquirer given the matter a serious look, they would have found, as did Jay Paterno, that summer campers did not shower with coaches in 1976, but in their private dormitories.
These false assertions have unjustly cast a cloud over an honorable man -- the only man who acted on McQueary's allegations. Knowing that these false assertions have been swallowed by an ignorant public and complicit press, I proudly participated in the honoring of Joe Paterno last Saturday at Beaver Stadium. My celebration of Paterno was, in part, a demonstration of the unforgiving contempt I feel for both that uninformed public and lazy, complicit press -- freshly exemplified today in your editorial today, titled "Joe Pa party insensitive,"
You lazy incompetents at the Inquirer can go to Hell!
Walter C. Uhler* see bio below
In order to deny the Philadelphia any clicks and visits here is the editorial in full:
Penn State celebration of Joe Paternoshows the university still doesn't get it
Despite everything that has happened in the five years since Penn State University was rocked by the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, the university's leadership still does not get it.Anyone who has followed the work of the FREEHdom Fighters and SMSS should be angered and appalled by the complete journalistic incompetence displayed here. Ray Blehar and the SMSS contributors have handed the media complete detailed FACTUAL information that demonstrates beyond any reasonable doubt the TRUTH. The Philly Inquirer and almost all of the Pennsylvania media are guilty of gross incompetence and neglect. They have allowed the truly guilty parties, PA state agencies for child protection, The Second Mile Charity directors and board members, Gov. Tom Corbett, and AG Linda Kelly aided and abetted by The PSU Board of Trustee's and particularly acting chairman John Surma, to get away with blaming the wrong parties and allowing the guilty to escape unnoticed.
Penn State used last weekend's football game against Temple to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno's first game as head coach. Celebrating a coach accused of turning a blind eye to accusations that one of his top assistants sexually abused boys on campus is wrong on many levels.
The underlying message is that football remains king at Penn State. More to the point, making money off of football apparently trumps teaching students about character, honesty, responsibility, and standing up for what is right.
No doubt Penn State would like to erase the sordid Sandusky scandal from its history. But choosing now to celebrate is no way for the university to try to move forward. The fact that the university downplayed its announcement of plans to honor Paterno shows officials knew the ceremony was a bad idea.
There is no denying that Paterno was a great football coach who had a lasting impact on many of his players. Indeed, he gave back to the university and helped put Penn State on the map. But evidence indicates Paterno also failed to stand up for boys who were sexually abused by Sandusky.
What Paterno knew and when he knew it is still being debated in courts and in the court of public opinion. According to recently unsealed court documents, a man testified in 2014 that Paterno ignored his complaints of being assaulted by Sandusky in 1976, when the man was a 14-year-old boy.
The same court documents include allegations by other victims who said Penn State football coaches and officials were made aware of Sandusky's deviant behavior around boys in the 1980s and 1990s.
The first time law enforcement was officially notified of Sandusky's abuse occurred in 1998, when a mother reported to Penn State police that her 11-year-old son had showered with the coach.
Paterno testified in 2011 that he first became aware of Sandusky's abuse in 2001, when former assistant coach Mike McQueary told him he had witnessed Sandusky assaulting a boy in a shower. Paterno said he reported McQueary's allegation to Penn State's athletic director.
But another decade passed before Sandusky was arrested. He was convicted in June 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. Paterno died six months earlier.
Eventually, Penn State paid nearly $93 million in settlements to more than 30 of Sandusky's accusers. Most of the sanctions subsequently ordered by the NCAA have been rolled back. More than 200 former football players have petitioned the university to return a bronze statue of Paterno that was removed from outside the stadium in 2012.
It all seems part of an effort to whitewash the scandal and get back to the business of football and myth making.
How much Paterno knew about Sandusky's abuse of boys isn't clear. But shortly before he died, the coach himself admitted: "In hindsight, I wish I had done more." That's a feeble response not worth celebrating.
When we discovered the evidence of how the Surma brothers, Vic and John, came to blame Joe Paterno for the situation concerning Vic Surma's son Victor B. Surma in The Surma Vendetta and The Surma Vendetta Part II, we knew why John Surma and Corbett orchestrated the removal of Joe and PSU President Graham Spanier. Those two men were PSU's best hope for exposing the LIES in AG Linda Kelly's Presentment. But Joe was fired by phone after an "emergency" meeting that was no emergency without debate or discussion. That move by the BOT signaled to the media that Joe and the administrators must be the guilty parties. The two people best positioned to defend Penn State were sidelined and it all went downhill from that point.
At one time I was hopeful the TRUTH would surface and alter the narrative in a sweeping vindication of Penn State, Joe Paterno, Graham Spanier, Tim Curley, and Gary Schultz. It seemed quite possible with all the evidence we amassed here on SMSS, that Louis Freeh would be exposed as the fraud he is, and the guilty parties at The Second Mile and in the PA agencies for child protection would be revealed. The events earlier this year have dampened that hope but I am still not completely convinced that this will never turn around.
Now more than ever we need people like Walter Uhler to continue the fight for Truth. Since it seems clear that the new PA Attorney General is not inclined to dismiss the absurd charges against Dr. Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, we may yet see a courtroom situation that could expose the TRUTH to a wider audience. My fervent hope is that Louis Freeh and the people who paid him to help destroy Penn State's reputation by manufacturing his bogus 'case', will be exposed and made to pay dearly for his calculated attack based on personal prejudice and greed.
Until then Keep the Faith - this Penn State outsider remains convinced of Penn State's innocence and Freeh & Corbett's guilt.
My warmest regards to all of you.
WALTER UHLER BIO:
Walter Uhler served as a senior executive in the Department of Defense. He also is an independent scholar who, for three years, served as President of the Russian-American International Studies Association, which holds an annual conference of Russia scholars in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has written about defense issues and Russian history for numerous periodicals, including The Nation, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Moscow Times, and the Philadelphia Inquirer . His biography still is included in the 2012 edition of Who's Who in America. Walter earned 2 BA and 1 MA from Penn State.