Athletes, fans harass reporter who saw Penn State quarterback insult coach

Penn Live

While reporting on "State Patty's Day" in State College, Pa., Sunday, Penn Live reporter Anna Orso saw Penn State quarterback Michael O'Connor stumble and then disparage the school's new football coach James Franklin.



One player apparently demanded Orso delete the tweet and called her three times, Donald Gilliland reports. He and O'Connor both tweeted at Orso, then deleted their tweets. Someone tried to get into her account. Then fans began piling on: Some evinced a basic misunderstanding of what it means to be out in public ("Invasion of privacy here," "I am surprised they can take off the record quotes and tweet them as quotes"), but other tweets were a lot less easy to dismiss:




A Penn State spokesperson says the school is "looking into the matter," Gilliland reports.

Correction: This post originally said Orso was reporting on a St. Patrick's Day event. She was in fact reporting on "State Patty's Day," the region's annual "'rootinest, tootinest, shootinest' binge-drinking extravaganza."

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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