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-- Here we go, Teoing --
-- All about Catfishing. The movie and the MTV show. --
-- Bob Saget at Connxtions on Saturday --
-- The whole Death Star online petition raised some interesting questions. At least ones I've come up with: Is this the future of law making? This is the true spirit of democracy right?
-- I'm a boob guy, but this has me rethinking that. Anytime I get close now, I hope I don't think of this story and have a panic attack. Maybe I just need to find another body part to infatuate myself with. --
-- Then again, if she's how I meet my maker, hmmmmmm, then so be it. --
-- Not your typical greasy Super Bowl party menu --
-- Drunk (did I even need to include this adjective?) girl runs into invisible bus stop glass --
-- The media also 'missed a tackle' so to speak on the Manti Teo story by not exercising simple due diligence on the girlfriend's background.
You can learn a lot about what happened by looking at the contradictions between other journalists’ stories. That was what really tipped us off, after all, that something was weird here. Major news organizations disagreed on the date of a person’s death by up to four days.
The writer who did the most to popularize Te’o’s tale of triumph over tragedy was Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel. In late September, Thamel wrote that the Notre Dame star “played remarkably well under the most depressing of circumstances—the death of his girlfriend and grandmother within [a] 24-hour span before the Irish's game against Michigan State.” (The part about his grandmother's death is true.) In the Oct. 1 edition of the magazine, which placed Te’o on the cover and noted that the linebacker “has restored the shine to the Golden Dome,” Thamel reported the precise date of Lennay Kekua’s supposedly almost-deadly car accident (April 28) and stated that her “relatives told [Te’o] that at her lowest points, as she fought to emerge from a coma, her breathing rate would increase at the sound of his voice.” And in a Dec. 20 piece, Thamel explained that Kekua wrote Te’o a series of inspirational notes before her passing, and that her brother Kainoa and sister U’ilani “would read the letters to Manti” to help soothe his pain. "It's given me a sense of strength and perseverance," the Heisman Trophy finalist told the Sports Illustrated writer.
If Thamel or anyone else at SI had used Nexis or Google, they would’ve discovered that Lennay Kekua (not to mention her brother and sister) didn’t exist. A reporter doesn’t expect to learn that his subject's dead girlfriend is nothing but a fake Twitter avatar. But a reporter, especially at a fact-checked magazine like SI, also doesn’t generally put someone’s name into print and say that she smashed up her car on April 28 without confirming the spelling and the wreckage.
-- Confirmation that Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno, but the crazy thing is that Brian De Palma will be the director. They were the magical duo behind the greatness of Scarface. --