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I doubt he actually sold the vote, as in received compensation.
I think the voter is that woman who has publicly said she shouldn't have a vote several times and has not turned in a ballot for several years.
Not sure if he has the vote but if I did I would put my money on him.
That's an awful lot of wish-fulfillment credit I'm not really willing to give without more information.
Will Scumbag is a terrible writer.
If that's their biggest scoop ever ...
Why not Murray Chass, as long as we're demonizing people?
And for crying out loud, Teo's fake girlfriend ... and that it was a guy ... got good coverage here in Australia. It was big news and a big scoop. There's not a newspaper in the US that wouldn't have loved to break that story.
I still like him better than Conlin.
journalists cover the news, not make the news.
Places like the four-letter hyped the Te'o storyline and promoted it and all the rest .... and it was just that - hype and hot air.
And didn't the story fall into Deadspin's lap from an unsolicited tip? Kudos for following up on it but I don't see it as any great achievement -- once the tip was in hand it shouldn't have taken a lot to prove or disprove the story, would it? Maybe my relative disinterest in the story to start with colors my perception
I did say that it was relevant as color and commentary. For the reasons I already stated I have a hard time seeing it as something that's an important breaking news story; and for that reason it doesn't produce in me any more respect for Deadspin as a new source.
What would the baseball equivalent be? Jon Lester didn't actually have cancer? John Lackey's wife didn't? The bloody sock was fake? Something not having to do with Red Sox starting pitchers...
EDIT II: So in terms of shock value, the baseball equivalent would be someone like Jeter or Maddux admitting steroid use.
I missed that in the original comparison I disagreed with, but I don't even think that comparing Te'o's circumstances to a baseball playing getting caught for steroids is comparable at all, Lawton or no.
No, it's not -- because he wasn't "lying" about anything newsworthy. It's as if he lied about his favorite boyhood Thomas the Tank Engine character, or about how the love of Fluffy the Cat got him through his struggles with 9th grade geometry.
(*) Which isn't to say there wasn't "interest" in the story. There was, but we live in very confused times, wherein fluff and gossip are often confused with news. There isn't anywhere near enough content to fill the demands of the 24/7 cycle of modern communications and so things that fill that content are often dubbed "news." They aren't.
But it's even more than that - imagine we found out that Fielder didn't just lie about getting divorced; that he'd never been married (or had a significant other) at all.
we live in very confused times, wherein fluff and gossip are often confused with news. There isn't anywhere near enough content to fill the demands of the 24/7 cycle of modern communications and so things that fill that content are often dubbed "news." They aren't.
Things like that were covered pre-internet, but weren't jammed down everyone's throats in such a silly, maudlin fashion -- see, e.g., 1973 Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti's leukemia-stricken young brother.
I think the BBWAA members should be ticked off. The person who has sold his/her vote is acting with an awful lot of disrespect for the process. If you don't want to vote, don't vote. I'm not sure what this person is trying to do.
Nah. That's at least a normal story line. What makes the T'eo story so big was how weird the whole story was once it unraveled. That's why someone like me - who doesn't watch college football & had barely heard of Te'o, let alone his supposedly dead girlfriend - found the upshot so fascinating.
What was the last really bizarre baseball story? John Rocker?
"Just a tip." Lol.
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