2. Why didn’t either news organization give the tape to police?
This one surprised us and perhaps that is our fault. After all, you might argue, if we saw enough merit to pursue the Bernie Fine story, we must’ve felt there was some chance that he could be a risk to boys.
To us, though, our role has always been clear: to investigate with a goal to publish. To us, handing over to police materials we didn't feel confident enough to publish was unimaginable. Look at it another way. When police or the district attorney gather evidence and decide they don't have enough to charge someone with a crime, do they deliver their evidence to us and say, "Here you go, we don't have enough to prosecute but you might get a heckuva story out of this"? Of course not. We have separate and independent purposes, and are often locked in an unsteady dance around information that one has and the other wants.
So in short, Post-standard shoddy reporting is basically the same thing Joe Paterno was fired for. Not doing enough. If one kid was raped/molested after 2002, that should haunt the minds of those who didn't do more at the PS and ESPN.