The Manti T’eo saga, which now seems to be a forgotten hoax, was one of the craziest events to ever hit the sports world. A college sports icon living day-by-day with a fake girlfriend, come on. This story is unlike any that journalists have taken on, and Steve Politi, of the The Star Ledger, sums up the changing mindset of the industry.
It now seems that journalists must question any situation that takes place, no matter how far fetched. Politi explains that journalists are used to be duped, whether it be steroids or a college player getting paid, but to believe that a dead girlfriend was fake, nobody saw that one coming. This column is a well-written piece that implements a great use of sarcasm to really drive home the point. Will the world ever see a story like Manti T’eo? Not if journalists believe everything they hear.