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ESPN COMPARED WITH PATERNO FOLLOWING RELEASE OF INCRIMINATING TAPE

November 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

ESPN said Monday that it sat on a 2002 taped telephone conversation between the wife of Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine and Bobby Davis, the young man who has accused Fine of molesting him, because it could not corroborate the charges. Fine was fired on Sunday after ESPN finally played the tape after […]

KUTCHER REPLACING SHEEN IN TABLOIDS, TOO

November 18, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Not only has Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen on CBS’s Two and a Half Men, he now appears to be getting Sheen-like coverage in the tabloids and Internet gossip sites. On Thursday, about three weeks after a woman claimed that she had sex with Kutcher, Demi Moore announced that she was divorcing him. “There are […]

SENSATIONAL INTERVIEWS GO HEAD-TO-HEAD IN PRIMETIME

November 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It was the week when ABC’s Diane Sawyer was expected finally to beat her arch rival, NBC’s Brian Williams, in the ratings. Not on the evening news, where she trails Williams by about a million viewers, but in primetime, when her 20/20 interview with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was expected to clobber Williams’s new magazine show, […]

SPONSORS MAY DESERT PENN STATE FOOTBALL TELECASTS

November 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Cars.com has become the first advertiser to pull its spots from ESPN’s coverage of Penn State football games. In a statement to Advertising Age magazine, it said, “As a proud, longtime supporter of ESPN College Football, it’s important to us that we’re building our brand in a way that celebrates the sport, its fans and […]

THE DEVIL COMMENTS ON PENN STATE SCANDAL

November 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Saturday Night Live didn’t hesitate to take up the Penn State child sex scandal over the weekend, with Jason Sudeikis, playing the Devil. Clearly unaware at the beginning of the sketch of what had occurred, the Devil was asked where he got his news. “I follow Kutcher on Twitter,” he replied. But, give the Devil […]

OMBUDSMEN SLAM ESPN’S PENN STATE COVERAGE

November 11, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The Florida journalism school The Poynter Institute, which partnered with ESPN to act as an ombudsman of ESPN’s sports news coverage, has excoriated the cable sports network for its failure “to ask tough questions and shed light” on the scandal involving Penn State’s football defense coordinator Jerry Sandusky, athletic director Tim Curley, university vice president […]