Mike Wise Suspended for False Ben Roethlisberger Tweets
Mike Wise Suspended for Fake Ben Roethlisberger Tweets, Intended to 'Showcase Bad Journalism' #FAIL
On August 30, Washington Post journalist Mike Wise made up a tip that Ben Roethlisberger would be getting a five-game suspension, and tweeted it using his own account. The story was fake, and Wise said as much on his radio show later. Mike Wise anticipated his tweet spreading far and wide, thus exposing lazy sports journalism.
However, that is not what happened. Instead, a few other outlets retweeted Wise's report as "unconfirmed", and the rest of the online sports world basically laughed at Mike Wise, except for his bosses at the Post. They didn't think it was funny. In fact, they suspended Wise for a month.
It's hard to imagine what must have been going through Wise's head:
- He made up a story
- He tweeted it under his own name
- His name is associated with the Washington Post itself
Mike Wise is a professional, tied to a professional outfit, not some guy living in mom's basement who can make half-assed digs at Big Media whenever he feels like it: the Washington Post let him know that in no uncertain terms.
"I tried to showcase the absurdity of bad journalism," Wise said. "I could give you 10 reasons why I did this and what went wrong in the execution. I made a horrendous mistake, using my Twitter account that identifies me as a Washington Post columnist.