CBS News correspondent Armen Keteyian told his Twitter followers today that he'd spoken with the former quarterback who discovered Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky allegedly raping a 10-year-old. "Tonight on Evening News," Keteyian wrote, "Mike McQueary breaks his silence and opens a window for me into his emotions." McQueary sure did! For about 20 seconds.
Looks like a certain network was feeling sorta jealous of NBC, who yesterday landed an actual exclusive with Sandusky yesterday in which the accused rapist all but hired a skywriter to proclaim "I DID IT." And so poor Keteyian went looking for a story and found Mike McQueary—one of the central, and most-criticized figures in the scandal—on his porch. That's when journalistic magic happened:
AK: Now, do you have any idea when you might be ready to talk?
MM: This process has to play out. I just don't have anything else to say, is all.
AK: Okay. And then, just one last thing: 'just describe your emotions right now.
MM: All over the place, just kind of, uh, shaken.
AK: And you said what, like a...?
AK: Like a snowglobe.
There you have it! Mike McQueary has opened a window for Armen Keteyian into his emotions, and through that window is: a snow globe. CBS sure seemed to think it was good, and took to Twitter to hype it as an exclusive. Which it technically was! It just wasn't a story on the order of, say, the AP's scoop of a McQueary email denying that the events took place as described in the grand jury report:
McQueary, who has been placed on administrative leave and did not coach in Saturday's 17-14 loss to Nebraska, wrote: "I did stop it, not physically ... but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room ... I did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police .... no one can imagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45 seconds ... trust me."
Added McQueary: "Do with this what you want ... but I am getting hammered for handling this the right way ... or what I thought at the time was right ... I had to make tough impacting quick decisions."
But, ehh, [puts hands out, palms up, like a scale] a statement? Or a window into emotions? [Raises, lowers hands] Who can say which is better?