Let’s be honest about something. The Morning Call is a second rate newspaper and has been for some time. As the Lehigh Valley expands and attempts to better itself, the Morning Call has not kept up. The reporters are borderline incompetent and their stories are often vague, lacking in facts and generally lightweight compared to other newspapers. Favoritism reigns supreme there as has been experienced by a number of this blog’s readers. Stories written about local figures whom the newspaper’s personnel deem as a friend are borderline propaganda. On the website readers post comments at their own risk. If you badmouth a politician who has friends at the paper then there is a good chance that politico will wind up with your contact information, which the paper assures it’s readers is ‘private.’
Now the Morning Call has stuck it’s beak into the Penn State scandal, apparently looking to make a splash. The paper published a story claiming that an email sent by Mike McQueary to a friend specified that he did contact police after he allegedly walked in on former coach Sandusky sexually assaulting an underage boy. This information is contrary to what McQueary’s story. I am not going to leap into the Penn State mess, but it’s safe to say that the Morning Call’s story has done nothing but add fuel to an already out of control fire.
Bottom line: When an inept newspaper breaks a story like this, keep in mind the paper’s history. It’s not the New York Times, but a local penny saver more or less. Next time leave the hard investigating to the Big Boys, Morning Call.