Te’o “Hoax” Shows Reporters Don’t Have Enough Time to Report?

Manti Te’o, on the bench. (Wikimedia Commons)

Journalists the country over scrambled Thursday to find answers to the growing questions about Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o’s fake girlfriend.  Pete Thamel combed through the work he’d done for a story on Te’o, saying “I sat down with Manti Te’o for a story that was due two hours after the interview concluded.”  Jim Romenesko published a letter from former Newsday editor/critic Diane Werts that blamed the lifespan of this “hoax” on the fact that “reporters are no longer given time to report.”  Many have decried the oversights in fact checking that allowed the story of the fake girlfriend’s death to live for so long.

About Michael Juliani

Michael Juliani is a senior studying Print and Digital Journalism at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He's a senior news editor and executive producer for Neon Tommy and an associate editor and contributor for the Online Journalism Review. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post, among other places.