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ESPN's Use Of Chris Fowler To Discuss Penn State Penalties Seen As Upgrade Over Millen
Published July 23, 2012
STRONG WORK: SI.com’s Deitsch wrote ESPN's Steve Bunin's work on "Outside The Lines" in discussing the Penn State scandal “has been strong, a thoughtful and direct interviewer whether dealing with the Paterno Family spokesperson or media opining on the Penn State story.” ESPN's Tom Rinaldi's interview with Jay Paterno following the release of the Freeh Report “is something ESPN management ought to show to staffers paid to conduct on-camera interviews.” His questions “were direct, his manner was firm but respectful, and it's really worth watching.” Rinaldi said, "What we wanted to ask (were) simple and straightforward questions to elicit the reaction of Jay Paterno on the findings of the Freeh Report and not to simply provide a venue -- although that is very important -- but to get some of the questions that we thought would naturally be in viewers' minds” (SI.com, 7/20).