Washington Post Suspends Mike Wise Following Twitter Hoax

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Washington Post Suspends Mike Wise Following Twitter Hoax
By Alex Weprin on August 31, 2010 11:38 AM
Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise says that he has been suspended for one month from the newspaper, following a hoax he pulled on Twitter yesterday.

What happened? Wise decided he would add some new Twitter followers… by making up interesting sports scoops that he had been “told.” Our sister blog FishbowlDC and SBNation have more information on the hoax.

The Upshot’s Michael Calderone has more on Wise’s suspension (which the Post will not confirm):

Wise wrote on Twitter after the incident that he’s “an idiot” and offered “apologies to all involved.” But the columnist still didn’t appear to grasp just why Twitter users (including other journalists) assume respected journalists are publishing accurate information on the medium. “I was right about nobody checking facts or sourcing,” he added along with Monday’s apology.
 

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Smirking Chupacabra said:
Why believe anything on Twitter?

And as much as I don't care for Wise, he's spot on about no one checking facts or sources.
Yeah, I'm conflicted because I think Wise's message was right, but he ruined any and all credibility.

Today's media now that they were duped, have already started to trash him, which is par for the course, and the downfall of our society.
 

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The Bopper said:
Yeah, I'm conflicted because I think Wise's message was right, but he ruined any and all credibility.

Today's media now that they were duped, have already started to trash him, which is par for the course, and the downfall of our society.
Maybe they can give his credential to a blogger now.
 

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Heard this podcast today: On the Media

Mike Wise is an even bigger douche than I ever anticipated.  He admits he was wrong - though, he blames Twitter - yet, he still finds a way to piss on Mike Florio for running his bogus story.
 

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So now, if you wanted to do that, why not let your bosses know?  The angle he was going for could have been an interesting story....they might have spiked the try on ethical grounds, but this is clearly a permission>forgiveness situation.
 
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