Manti T’eo, what’s a journalist supposed to believe

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.


2 thoughts on “Manti T’eo, what’s a journalist supposed to believe

  1. Loni Gibson

    As sad as the Manti T’eo story is, when the story first broke I found it quite comical. As Politi questions Te’o’s true intent, so did I when this was a popular story. I honestly, was not sure if Manti was looking to be victimized or was he really apart of some sick hoax, as he said. It now is still even very difficult for me to make means of exactly how something like that could happen, especially to a well known college athlete. I enjoyed the way that Politi questioned not only Te’o and Notre Dame, but he questioned himself. Steve Politi presents his readers with a quality piece of journalism, as he presents the facts which in turn, forces the reader to also question themselves.

  2. vannabro

    I remember when this story first broke and I was shocked since I never had heard of “cat fishing” before. I really like the way Steve Politi set up this article. He asks both sides of the story stating whether it was an entire hoax to get T’eo’s name out or if he was just a victim. Politi did a great way of adding in the backstory and the current facts as well as including every situation there could be. I do find it interesting to go back and read an article, like this, seven months after it was published because we know more about the story now than we did then.


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