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Thursday, January 17, 2013

A question of character: Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o and a duped media

A question of character: Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o and media

From the piece:

First and foremost, I'm ashamed that, yet again, mainstream media has been exposed as a bunch of gullible, hook-and-sinker-swallowing headline chasers who think "vetting" is what you do when you take your cat in for shots. I inwardly rolled my eyes the fourth time Te'o's story was told, but I never thought, as Deadspin.com did, to actually check and see if it was true. When Deadspin did check, it found there was no Social Security Administration record of the death of Teo's supposed girlfriend, Lennay Kekua. Kekua had, as the story went and went, died of leukemia, diagnosed after she was involved in a serious car accident. (There is no record of that, either.) Now, it seems, Kekua did not exist, that the stories of Te'o falling asleep on the phone with her in her hospital bed were a fabrication, that the picture posted onscreen when the story was told and re-told was that of another woman, very much alive and very surprised to see her picture being presented as that of a dead girl, that the dates of the deaths of Te'o's grandmother and girlfriend varied from article to article.  


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