"If we learned anything in this Penn State-Syracuse aftermath, it's that you have to pay attention, especially when something of this nature happens [with] a fellow employee here in this building," Wischnowski said. He said the Inquirer was able to assemble the story in a relatively short time - about a month - because four victims and three family members came forward.
But events moved more rapidly yesterday. Conlin, 77, left the paper in a brief phone conversation that Platt described as "painful," at roughly the same time that the sports blog Deadspin was reporting Conlin's departure. The online posting of the Inquirer article and the news conference came a short time later.
Platt described the mood in the Daily News newsroom as "overwhelmingly a sense of shock, a sense of outrage, a sense of sadness for the victims - shock."
Osberg emailed employees explaining the tumultuous events and decision to report on the well-known employee, saying "[w]e have always taken tremendous pride in the ethical and moral standards we operate from at PMN."
But the report apparently will not undo Conlin's recent top honor from the Baseball Writers Association of America, the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented this summer at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Jack O'Connell, the group's secretary/treasurer, said the allegations have "no bearing" on the award.
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