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Did Spanier simply contact NYT to throw Paterno under the bus?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by tubey, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. tubey

    tubey New Member

    There's a tweet on Huffington Post's live Penn State blog that says Spanier called the NYT yesterday and was the source for the paper's news that Paterno will be gone. In reading yesterday's NYT story, Spanier was mostly given a pass, and the "source" also said Paterno knew a lot more about this situation than he let on.

    If this true about Spanier calling the NYT, it raises some interesting questions.

    Does it take away from the "get" by the NYT? Not really in-depth reporting, just answering a call from a president trying to cover his own ass.

    Was it irresponsible of the NYT to run with this information, considering it was likely just an attempt by Spanier to get attention off of him? I mean, it wasn't exactly earth-shattering news than an 84 yr old coach won't be back anyway, especially considering the circumstances.

    And was it irresponsible for the pennlive blog to essentially rat out another media outlet's anonymous source?
  2. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    The President of a university, however embattled, is to be considered a pretty reliable source regarding the employment status of the football coach.
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    No. I'm sure the reporters cultivated him as a source in the past. This is why you cultivate sources. So when the time comes, they'll tip you off and all you have to do is be there to answer the phone.
  4. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member


    Again, it just shows how we get spun all the time. But, if the president calls, you have to deal with it. And, how does the Huffington Post know? A source told it?
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    "Beware of men carrying axes on their first post."

    --ancient Internet proverb
  6. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    I wonder what's tubey's job at Huffington Post is.
  7. flexmaster33

    flexmaster33 Active Member

    Spanier comes off as a real stand-up guy...geesh. Hope he gets all that's coming his way.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Sometimes scoops fall into your lap.
  9. badmoon

    badmoon Member

    Oh, Good Lord. Do some research. One of the members of the PSU board of trustees, David Jones, is a former managing editor of the New York Times.
  10. spankys

    spankys Member

    Huh. That seems like the kind of thing the nyt usually mentions in a full disclosure kind of way.
  11. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

  12. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    No way. Not if he's not working for them currently.
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