Have we been duped on the Internet? Of course. It happens when you’re dealing with shady individuals. Have we ever been duped by a GeoCities-looking site saying Ben Roethlisberger broke both legs in a car crash? Nope. Ron Sirak of Golf Digest and Johnette Howard of ESPN.com are respected members of the mainstream media and today they fell for the GeoCities-looking site’s hoax. In fact, Ron’s tweet has been RT’d 110 times.
Yep, that was turned into a tweet by Howard, who just happens to be a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated, columnist for Newsday and The Washington Post.
She followed up the now deleted post with a tweet to Adam Schefter for confirmation on a clearly bogus report from a junk site.
Howard writes that she was just following the ‘rumor’ that was spreading on Facebook. Oh, boy.
Sirak, on the other hand, has not deleted his post. It continues to receive retweets. He has, however, clarified the situation for his loyal following, tweeting “Looks like the Roethlisberger report is a hoax. Just call me a replacement referee.”
Good job, good effort.