Esquire Names Louis Freeh as a Top “American of the Year”

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Bradley Cooper, Bruce Springsteen, Louis Freeh, Serena Williams.

Which of these things is not like the others?

If you answered Louis Freeh, you probably don’t write for Esquire. The magazine recently ranked Judge Louis Freeh in its top 15 “Americans of the Year” list in its most recent issue, an “honor” formerly held by the likes of Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, and other people who have actually helped America.

Although the story is not available online yet, the kicker reads, “We shouldn’t have needed him to get to the bottom of the Penn State scandal, but we did.”

Louis Freeh — as I’m sure you know — was commissioned by Penn State to investigate the Sandusky scandal and make┬árecommendations to the university for improvement. What we got was a highly controversial, 267-page report of Freeh’s opinions based on little new evidence.

For his work, Freeh’s firm was paid $6.5 million. That’s over $35,000 a day.

I guess when you look at it that way, maybe it is American.

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About Author

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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