Chances are you've heard at least something about this story within the past 24 hours. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o took the gullible, celeb happy media for a ride with a tall tale about a girlfriend who had cancer and died. The nation's reporters, people who used to get paid to ask questions, questioned nothing, and now everyone is scratching their heads when it turns out the ploy was nothing but a hoax and the dead girlfriend never even existed.
For those with no knowledge of this story it goes something like this. Manti Te'o claims he met "the most beautiful girl in the world" after a game in 2009, they exchanged numbers, and had a long distance relationship for the past 2 years through phone and Twitter exchanges. Mysteriously, the girlfriend, whom Te'o has never even met once face to face, gets leukemia and dies. Te'o never once had met her, never visited her while she was sick, and never even attended the funeral. Not ONE person in the media even asked any questions about this. What they did do is completely slobber all over this "heartwrenching" sob story, hyping the narrative because it had a good touchy feely storyline. Why should we expect anything less? This media doesn't ask questions anymore. They engage in sensationalist journalism. I know bloggers that do more research than paid reporters.
This story is less about Manti Te'o and his PR ploy for the Heisman, and more about our awful media, whose celeb slobber TMZ "reporting" has permeated the entire mainstream media.