Is that too long to spend fact checking a Sports Illustrated cover story? Journalists are watchdogs, given the task of asking the tough question to sort out right from wrong. Even if Pete Thamel, so pressured by the looming two-hour post-interview deadline to submit the story, felt that he had to submit without including the Stanford piece, how could he now follow up?
Just one more phone call, and the whole story could have unraveled months ago.
Pete Thamel had it gift-wrapped for him and tucked it away in the corner for Deadspin to discover almost four months later. Is this a national problem occurring with journalism around the world?
He let Te’o suffer for his girlfriend’s death for three more months, all because he wasn’t curious enough to make one more phone call.
This story is one of the most complex and unreal stories of our generation.
Yesterday, the entire Stanford Daily sports staff, myself included, agonized over missing it.
We spent hours debating what we could have done to break it.
Maybe I’m wrong to judge him for missing the story. Honestly, I feel that I should read The New York Times sports section every day, and if I did, I would’ve broken the story in October when I read that Lennay Kekua graduated from Stanford.