Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Penn State PR machine: Let's hide behind JoePa

Even though the police made it clear that JoePa was not charged, or part of the investigation, the clever Penn State PR machine has done their best to keep the old icon the spotlight. Rumor's have "slipped out" that the board of trusties support of Paterno is wavering. Bull Shit. That story didn't slip out. It took 8 years for the story that Sandusky was a child molester to "slip out" (Oh wait, it didn't slip out, it was forced out by a grand jury and formal charges). Clearly, there is not a tighter lipped organization on the planet. They knew the only way to distract the press and an angered student body from the three stooges, Curley, Schwartz, and Spanier, was to hide behind the beloved hero, Joe Paterno. The student body took the bait. Rather than protest at the admin building demanding resignations of those accused of prejury, prejury protecting a child molester, they went to JoePa's house to show support. Students, alumni, and press: you've been manipulated like a bunch of deer in the headlights. Excellent work Penn State PR machine, I'm guessing you had some time to plan this out. We'll see if JoePa's magic iconicity can shield the douchebags and halt a true investigation into the what is happening behind closed doors, and showers, at Penn State.

UPDATE: The student's are rioting, though I use that term loosely as some drunken idiots are damaging things, while most students are taking pics and videos to post on Facebook and/or YouTube. They are Penn State!

UPDATE: Well, they fired JoePa and Spanier at 10:00 p.m. this evening, shortly after learning that a Federal investigation of Penn State was in the works. The hide behid JoePa plan wasn't going to fly. I guess the PR machine didn't take into consideration that 10:00 p.m. is when college students are generally known for thier best behaivor. We'll see what State College looks like tomorrow. I'd suggest that having Nebraska come to town for a game this weekend may not be the best idea. From a taunting perspective, the Nebraska fans have some ammo, and the Penn State fans are having an emotional breakdown.

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