Joe Paterno, “JoePa,” the once legendary Head Football Coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions with 409 career wins under his belt, not including a record 24 Bowl victories, made news again this past Saturday even though he has been dead for nearly five years. If you remember, Paterno overnight went from beloved to reviled in 2011 over allegations that he didn’t do enough to prevent Jerry Sandusky’s era of sexual abuse in Happy Valley.
The latest dustup began when Penn State decided to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of JoePa’s coaching career at last week’s game against Temple. The media went universally apoplectic over the celebration, citing what poor taste it was to do so. This is the same media that, for the most part, has played cheerleader for Hillary Clinton over the last 25 years and has conveniently not been the least bit concerned over the accusations that she, like Paterno, appeared to be indifferent to sexual abuse claims happening right under her nose.
The facts in the Paterno case are murky as some of the eyewitnesses are either dead or there is disagreement over exactly what happened. What we believe to be true is that in 2001 graduate assistant Mike McQueary told Paterno that he had witnessed Sandusky sexually abusing a 10-year old boy in Penn’s State shower facility. Paterno reported this incident to his boss and also to Gary Schultz, who at the time oversaw the University Police. Paterno has been criticized for doing what may have been legally permissible in reporting the abuse to his superiors, but not what was morally correct by allowing Sandusky to hang around the football program all those years afterwards.
Later former FBI Director Louis Freeh on behalf of Penn State Board of Trustees did an exhaustive investigation and wrote a scathing report that took Paterno and others to task for believing they “failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade.” He also cited an email trail that seems to indicate Paterno knew of at least one other report about sexual abuse by Sandusky. The Paterno family fought back by hiring former Attorney General and Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburg to do a response to the Freeh report and Thornburg concluded Freeh’s report was “seriously flawed, both with respect to the process of [its] investigation and its findings related to Mr. Paterno.” A year after Freeh’s report, the chairman of Penn State Board of Trustees which had hired Freeh in the first place said that Freeh’s conclusion was “speculation.”
In contrast, thanks mostly to her husband, Bill, Hillary also has her detractors claiming that she looked the other way when news of sexual assaults came to her attention. By now most are familiar with Juanita Broaddrick’s claims that the then Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton raped her in 1978. Broaddrick also contends after the alleged rape, Hillary went out of her way to meet Broaddrick at an event, and during the encounter Broaddrick perceived that Hillary was trying to intimidate her into silence.
Then there is the case of Kathleen Willey, who was a lifelong Democrat until she claims Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her. In an open letter reflecting on the incident, Willey said the following about Hillary Clinton, “But what made it brutally harder were decisions it seems that Hillary Clinton took — rather than send Bill Clinton to the poor house, divorced and in disgrace, counseling or even rehab, Hillary Clinton apparently saw my plight and other gathering storms as her ticket into elective politics and eventually towards her own presidency.”
Of course there is also the famous Bimbo Eruptions war room that was said to exist during Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign in which legend has it that Hillary was an active participant. We also have the tone deaf interview Hillary gave in the 1980s in which she takes way too much pride in her skills as a lawyer for getting a reduced sentence for a creep who raped a 12-year-old girl. You can also add into the mix the Clinton Foundation accepting donations from the likes of Jeffery Epstein.
Hillary Clinton’s tweet this summer that “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported” should have come with a disclaimer — meaning all such survivors except those who know the Clintons.
I can’t give you a for sure answer on what Hillary Clinton and Joe Paterno knew and what exactly they did with that knowledge, but for the media to bash one of them and lionize the other is telling.
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