Anyone who has read Onward State with any type of regularity over the last year and a half knows we have had our differences with controversial and iconoclastic filmmaker John Ziegler. Ziegler, who runs www.framingpaterno.com and produced the mini-movie “The Framing of Joe Paterno,” has been highly critical of the media coverage directed at Penn State and Joe Paterno as a result of the Jerry Sandusky fallout. Recently, Zielger was able to record a lengthy interview with Jerry Sandusky in prison, which he released in part on his website.
Ziegler has received heavy criticism from some Penn State supporters not necessarily because of his beliefs but because of his methods, which are often labeled as bombastic and confrontational. Over a month ago, Ziegler published a post on his website that included the name of Victim 2, which had previously been kept confidential. Ziegler has maintained that the post was published in accident but it still drew a flurry of criticism and an emotional column from one of our writers (and an understandably testy response and explanation from Ziegler).
In any case, few can doubt Ziegler’s knowledge and dedication to the Penn State situation. In my opinion, despite his methods, he is often able to articulate some of the lesser-known minutiae of the Sandusky scandal that always goes overlooked by the national audience but makes a huge difference in evaluating culpability when put into perspective. Ziegler recently sat down with a show called “For The Record” on WHVL for a 40+ minute segment to go over the Sandusky situation from start to finish.
I don’t agree with everything he has to say, but the two videos are worth the watch if you have some free time.