Deadspin Manti Teo

January 17, 2013 by  

Deadspin Manti Teo, The original bizarre story of the football player’s nonexistent dead girlfriend on Deadspin by Jack Dickey and Timothy Burke.

“I can tell you we’re as baffled as anybody,” said a South Bend Tribune staffer when Poynter phoned Wednesday evening. “If this story was a cruel hoax, as the University of Notre Dame has now indicated, we indeed were taken in, as were many others, including officials of the Notre Dame football program,” Tribune Executive Editor Tim Harman said in a statement.

“You can learn a lot about what happened by looking at the contradictions between other journalists’ stories,” Burke tells Poynter’s Mallary Tenore. “That was what really tipped us off, after all, that something was weird here. Major news organizations disagreed on the date of a person’s death by up to four days.”

The South Bend Tribune didn’t delete its old Te’o stories: It yanked reporter Eric Hansen’s Oct. 12 article from the paid archives so that it could be more readily accesible, and it collected its other previously published content on the hoax here.

For those wanting to see the Oct 12 Te’o article, it was not pulled. In fact, we reposted it on our site tonight: (1/2)

– Eric Hansen (@hansenNDInsider) January 17, 2013

(2/2) Our articles automatically go to paid archives after a month online. So unless you can find a back door .. now you don’t need one.

– Eric Hansen (@hansenNDInsider) January 17, 2013

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