Jan 21 2012
CBS has just committed the ultimate cardinal sin in reporting….they announced a man’s death before it really happened. You may have gotten away with it if it was just some regular John Doe, but not former Penn State legendary head coach Joe Paterno.
About an hour ago, the #IDIOTS at CBS Sports (@eyeoncbs) tweeted these exact words:
That would be CBS’s official college sports twitter so it is absolutely a respectable source. As usual, twitter EXPLODED with the news and millions of people tweeted their comments/support for the former head coach. Only problem is….he isn’t dead.
Now while Joe Paterno’s doctors say that his situation has become “serious” after he experienced complications from lung cancer in recent days, and even confirmed that he “maybe” near death, and for his close friends to report to the hospital for final goodbyes, Joe’s son’s went to twitter to refute CBS’ premature news.
Yikes…CBS is ridiculous. There are going to be some PISSSSSED off people, some lawsuits and someone is going to lose their job….UNLESS…UNLESS they can figure out a way to pass the blame. Ahhhh you did, CBS, you sly mo-fo’s. Check out how they just updated the previous article that reported his death. Here is the first line in the new article.
Penn State student website Onward State has reported that Penn State players were notified of longtime head coach Joe Paterno‘s passing via email, and CBSSports.com went on this report. Paterno, 85, had been receiving chemotherapy as part of his treatment for lung cancer. [READ THE ARTICLE HERE]
Very respectable there CBS, blame a student website…smh. But wait…so you took another website/source’s news AND you didn’t give credit until you screwed up? Oh boy. But seriously, I don’t get why a serious news outlet would try and rush a story like this. Seriously, nobody remembers you if you were first to report an expected death like this. BUT everybody remembers you if you screwed it up. Just a terrible job by CBS tonight. I know I break balls on here all the time but my prayers are with the Paterno’s. Joe Pa shouldn’t have the resume he built and the thousands of people he helped out, be remembered by making a bad mistake. Get well, Joe.