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CBS Sports Apologizes For Reporting Joe Paterno's Death Prematurely
Published January 23, 2012
KUDOS FOR COVERAGE: In Tampa, Tom Jones writes ESPN's coverage yesterday of Paterno's death “was comprehensive and compelling, informative and engrossing.” "SportsCenter" for several hours “ignored all other stories in sports and concentrated solely on the Paterno story,” but the broadcast “never grew boring or monotonous.” The net “reeled in one guest after another, from former Penn State players to coaches to analysts, all offering unique perspectives on Paterno's life and career.” ESPN “walked the fine line of celebrating Paterno's storied career while not ignoring the controversial final chapter of his life.” They practiced “fair journalism and told the whole story.” Jones also writes Big Ten Network’s coverage Saturday night of Paterno was “unexpectedly impressive.” This was “early in the story when there weren't many details other than Paterno being in 'serious' condition.” Still, the net “shined” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 1/23). All three network morning shows -- “GMA,” “CBS This Morning” and “Today” -- included reports on Paterno's death within the first 15 minutes of the broadcasts today. ABC’s Dan Harris, CBS’ Armen Keteyian and NBC’s Ron Allen reported live from the Penn State campus, with ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic also appearing live via satellite on “GMA” to discuss Paterno's passing (THE DAILY).