The Patriot-News, the most respected paper in Central Pennsylvania, blasted Joe Paterno and Penn State president Graham Spanier in a shocking front page editorial today.
The editorial ran in big, bold type with no accompanying photo (see below).
It calls for Spanier to resign, and Paterno to leave after this season.
The first two sentences sum up why they want the two to step down:
There are the obligations we all have to uphold the law. There are then the obligations we all have to do what is right.
This is a huge deal.
It’s one thing for big, east coast media outlets to call for Paterno’s head. But given how isolated Penn State is, and how much of a dominating force the football program is on campus, it’s 10x more important if a local publication like the Patriot-News writes something like this.
Even the locals are turning on him. Joe Paterno is finished.
Here’s the editorial. And here’s the front page:
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