Bullshit reporting

Dateline: Fri 18 Jan 2013

As odd and crazy as the Manti Te'o story is, what's really incredible is that the media played into it hook, line and sinker. My personal favorite account is the reporting done by the South Bend Tribune, which basically must exist just to give blow job journalism to Notre Dame.

CNN reported the following....and I hope that gushing reporter is now a goner. 


"So, how did the two fall in love?

"According to the South Bend Tribune in Indiana -- the newspaper of Notre Dame's hometown, the two met -- yes, met -- after a football game in Palo Alto, California, in 2009.

"Their stares got pleasantly tangled, then Manti Te'o extended his hand to the stranger with a warm smile and soulful eyes," the paper gushed. "They could have just as easily brushed past each other and into separate sunsets. Te'o had plenty to preoccupy himself that November weekend in Palo Alto, Calif., back in 2009."

"The article went on to say: "Lennay Kekua was a Stanford student and Cardinal football fan when the two exchanged glances, handshakes and phone numbers that fateful weekend three seasons ago."

"Te'o's father, Brian, was quoted in the article: "They started out as just friends. Every once in a while, she would travel to Hawaii, and that happened to be the time Manti was home, so he would meet with her there. But within the last year, they became a couple."

"The newspaper said Wednesday it based Teo's story on information from the linebacker, his family members and coaches -- and moved the story to its archives."


Where it won't die....



Duke [unverified] said:

This is a story with a thousand legs. Here is a link to some theories about his actions. Was he a gay Mormon? Who knows. Here's the link:


2013-01-18 09:52:29

Jake [unverified] said:

A splendid sentence:

"My personal favorite account is the reporting done by the South Bend Tribune, which basically must exist just to give blow job journalism to Notre Dame."

It doesn't just apply to SBT, though, we can characterize almost all MSM as "blow job journalism."

2013-01-18 10:53:07

Soylent Green [unverified] said:

Can I coin the phrase, "Manti Te'o...The Lyin' Hawaiian"?

2013-01-18 12:41:24

Gary Welsh [unverified] said:

I almost barfed listening to Lou Holtz on Sean Hannity last night talk about how above board and transparent Notre Dame is and how Jack Swarbrick was one of the most honest persons you would ever meet. I'm sorry, but he destroyed any credibility he built up over the years by claiming Manti was a victim, never mind the deception committed by Manti in this sordid tale. The univeristy has a recent track record of covering up sex crimes committed by their players as the Washington Post's Melinda Henneberger has reported:

Nineteen-year-old Lizzy Seeberg, a freshman at neighboring St. Mary’s College committed suicide in September 2010. It was 10 days after she alleged being the victim of sexual assault by a Notre Dame football player who she said fondled her breasts and engaged in other unwanted sexual touching. While no one was ever charged in the case, Henneberger writes that campus police waited 15 days after Seeberg’s complaint–five days after her death–to interview the accused.

“The local prosecutor examined all of the facts in this case at length and said charges were not warranted,” the university said in a statement.

In her column, “Why I won’t be cheering for old Notre Dame,” Henneberger outlines another Notre Dame case where a young woman said that she was raped by a Notre Dame football player at an off-campus party. The woman never filed charges. Henneberger reported that a friend who drove her to the hospital afterwards said the woman decided not to file a complaint because of what happened to Seeberg.

“There is very much an institutional problem at Notre Dame,” Henneberger said on Hardball Thursday. “Far worse to me than these horrible attacks, which unfortunately do happen in every institution on every campus in the country, is the way the men who run Notre Dame responded to the report, responded to try to cover up what happened, and responded in a very ugly whisper campaign against this poor girl.”

Henneberger says the whisper campaign amounted to characterizing Seeberg as depressed and unstable. Investigators also ruled that Seeberg’s account was untrue because “conflicts exist among the witnesses” accounts,” which Henneberger details as the statement that the assailant stopped the attack when he received a call contradicted phone records. In fact, the football player placed a call, but did not receive one.

Henneberger writes that what really surprises her is the number of friends who assume she will support her alma mater anyway, despite her belief that two players on the team may have committed serious criminal acts.

“How many predators would have to be on the team before it would make you feel like not cheering?” said Henneberger.


2013-01-18 13:04:32

Parent [unverified] said:

I wanted to believe that Teo was a naive "kid" who was a victim of a scam until I saw Swarbrick get "choked up" on TV over a most "trusting person who will never be able to trust again." Puhleeze. I watched Swarbrick in action for years and knew he was a force to be reckoned with. But he never got his way through shedding tears. Quite the opposite.

With a relative who works at St. Mary's, we heard about the rapes days before it ever hit the media. This isn't a new phenomenon in Michiana. People who live in the area have watched for decades as the University protected its football players. That's why they hate ND.

2013-01-19 12:04:15

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2013-01-21 21:19:44

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