Target: Stephen B. Burke, CEO of NBC
Goal: Condemn NBC for airing interview with convicted child rapist, Jerry Sandusky.
The television network NBC recently aired a jailhouse interview with convicted child rapist Jerry Sandusky. The interview was conducted by right-wing documentarian and propagandist, John Ziegler, and was an excerpt from Ziegler’s longer documentary, “The Framing of Joe Paterno.” The documentary’s main focus is what Ziegler suggests was the intimidation of Paterno by officials dealing with the case. During the investigation against Sandusky and Paterno, Zeigler stated that he felt the case was “remarkably weak,” and that the witnessed sexual assault the case was founded on was merely a “botched ‘grooming.'”
Zeigler’s intentions are clear, though he claims not to support Sandusky. It is highly disturbing, then, that NBC aired the interview with Sandusky. In the interview Sandusky claims that many of the victims who reported assaults against him, and stood as witnesses at his trial, lied for money. As the late Joe Paterno’s family says, the interview is “an insult to the victims and anyone who cares about the truth in this tragic story.”
Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of raping a number of children in a fair trial. He does not deserve to be given a pedestal to tout his own horn, and he definitely does not deserve attention for his heinous crimes. Sign the petition below to condemn NBC for airing the offensive interview.
Dear Mr. Burke,
Recently, NBC broadcast an interview with convicted child rapist Jerry Sandusky as part of a larger documentary by a filmmaker named John Ziegler called “The Framing of Joe Paterno.” The interview has been called offensive and inflammatory by many. Doubtlessly Ziegler, a known defendant of rape apologists, has no qualms about trivializing Sandusky and Paterno’s crimes. He frequently called the case against Sandusky “weak,” and the sexual assaults committed “botched ‘grooming[s].'”
Even without the filmmaker’s questionable intentions, this documentary and the interview with the convicted child rapist should never have been aired. The documentary is an insult to the victims, and blames those who suffered at the hands of Sandusky, Paterno, and Penn State. I am writing to express my disbelief and disappointment that your network would air such an interview. A convicted child rapist should not be given a platform to cause further grief.
[Your Name Here]
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