‘Cowardly lions’: Front pages reflect outrage at Penn State ‘enablers’

Penn State freshmen Jessica Knoll of Lebanon, Pa., wipes a tear from her eye as she listens to the televised news conference held by former FBI director Louis Freeh after the release of his report on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal in the student HUB on main campus in State College, Pa., Thursday, July 12, 2012. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Penn State freshman Jessica Knoll did not know she would be on the front page of her state’s newspapers Friday morning. But she appeared on at least seven, wiping away the tears that fell as she learned Thursday about the Freeh report on her school’s handling of sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky. Knoll, whose photo was captured for the Associated Press by Gene J. Puskar, told the Pulitzer Prize-winning Patriot-News that Joe Paterno’s role in the cover-up “really, really devastates me. I looked up to him so much and I don’t really know what to think. And I’m sad because one of my role models turned out to be someone that could have done more. I’m sad for the victims. … It’s just really, really emotional.” || The front pages below all appear courtesy of the Newseum; some have been cropped. | Related: How Open Records law would have stopped sex abuse sooner at Penn State | Pennsylvania’s front pages pay tribute to Joe Paterno

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  • http://profiles.google.com/wenalway Robert Knilands

    People who think the visual, rather than the content, is what matters have a psychological impairment about reading. There really is no other conclusion, based on the response pattern I have gathered during the last few years.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wenalway Robert Knilands

    Why should the NAACP act? I’m curious as to how you are drawing this conclusion.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wenalway Robert Knilands

    Your second-grader is just too lucky to have someone like you as a parent, yaz. Two things:

    (1) The pages don’t go to the size you describe, at least on this computer.

    (2) The point, of course, isn’t just about clicking on a page and magnifying it slightly. It’s the idea of judging how well a newspaper covered something in terms of the appearance of the front page. But you know this and hope to distract from that point, likely because you have no better response.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wenalway Robert Knilands

    As are you, lieutenant.

    That is such an effective argument, though. Your logic is just too overwhelming.

  • Anonymous

     The goes way beyond being “the opinion of one man.”  This is a report by a respected individual after an exhaustive investigation of the subject.  No excuse can be made for the excuses offered by anyone at Penn State.  The god had feet of clay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/NoelKH Noel Kent Hertzog

    NAACP?????

  • http://www.facebook.com/NoelKH Noel Kent Hertzog

    Remember that today’s students had no part in what looks disgusting to most. Also remember that this is a report of an opinion of one man who was hired by the BOT. We know how dependable and transparent they have all been. Loved it yesterday when the BOT lady made a bald faced lie to the world and Mr Frazier had to set the record straight. It is now a matter of Penn State doing right by the victims. It’s also not our role to judge the four named as “bad guys”, that is up to HIM. Not one of us writing, responding, or weighing in is free of sin. Pray for all involved in the many repercussions that are still to come. 

  • Anonymous

    The Philadelphia Metro got it right — “TEAR IT DOWN.”  Since Paterno and his band have effectively torn down and destroyed the university’s reputation, it’s time to tear down the idol-like statue of the man. I’m really sick of the family’s denials. It’s time they shut up. It’s also time for the NAACP to act.

  • Anonymous

     That was really a ridiculous comment.

  • Anonymous

    My second-grader knows that you can usually click on an image and see it full-size. In this case the pages blow up to 840 by 1555 pixels, big enough to read every single word.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wenalway Robert Knilands

    Again, looking at dollar-sized pages to see how effectively someone covered an issue is not very effective.

    Good to see papers like The Tribune-Democrat kept their skyboxes, though, so we’d have the sign of the Z right next to the Paterno coverage. That looks oh-so-classy and planned out.