By now, most people have heard of the fairytale cyber-romance of the Notre Dame Star and his Stanford sweetheart. And thanks to Deadspin.com, we know it was a ruse.
Putting aside whether Manti Te’o was part of this scam or was duped … or, as the “nobody ever sins, they’re just sick” crowd is putting it, he probably has delusional disease … one must wonder: How, in an age of the greatest access to information, did major media outlets end up with egg on their faces?
Were these journalists so mesmerized by this athlete that they forgot how to type or do a simple search? Or was it a case of pre-senile dementia?
Or, perhaps, it was something more pervasive and crippling that kept these fearless reporters from fighting for “truth, justice and the American way”?
I believe it was the latter … a paralysis created by individuals riddled with guilt. A type of guilt felt by some white people for the racist treatment of people of color by some whites historically. Today we refer to this as “White Guilt”.
White Guilt is the only rational explanation why professional and well-respected news organizations such as ESPN and Sports Illustrated would report repeatedly on a story … following it for months/years … and never bother to discover whether ANY of the story or characters were real.
Would this have happened if Tim Tebow had done this? Um … no freakin’ way!! They would be digging so deep, we’d know his BMs since he was 5 years old. Why? Because Tebow is white. Why wasn’t an investigation done on Te’o? Because Te’o is NOT white.
Ahhh … welcome to the NEW America, where they cure and recompense historical racism WITH racism. Nice…
Of course, all these Sports Networks are scrambling now … looking for a skirt to hide under. Someone will pay for duping these geniuses. They may not even realize why they did what they did with Te’o, having been conditioned by progressives in the media all their lives … but a lesson must be learned here:
Nothing fruitful ever comes from acting out of guilt … no matter your hue.
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