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Mike Wise's twitter hoax

UPDATE: Wise was suspended by The Post for a month. His full statement and apology from Tuesday's show is here.

The sad part about this item is that the only point of Twitter hoaxes is to gain attention for their originators, and as a non-fan of Twitter hoaxes, I'd prefer not to aid that pursuit. But Mike Wise is sort of a big D.C. sports media figure, and I write about the D.C. sports media a lot, and many people are writing about Mike Wise right now, and you can only do so many items about hyperbaric chambers.

So Wise, as you might have heard, took to Twitter on Monday and wrote about a few NFL news items he had learned, most prominently that Ben Roethlisberger's suspension would last five games. Big news, that. This was to test an idea he's been interested in for several months: that in 2010, one sentence from one writer is enough to create a cascade of news stories published without any real vetting or sourcing.

Of course, many of us reporter types put news on Twitter, and we do so with the understanding that readers will trust us and believe our news, and then do with that news whatever they like, up to and including putting it in their own blogs or stories. We want you to believe us, even if you're a rival news gatherer. We think that's a good thing.

So, naturally, at least a few people believed Wise, leading to this Pro Football Talk item, which said in part

It would be a surprise if Roethlisberger gets more than four games. According to Mike Wise of the Washington Post, however, a surprise could be coming. Wise says, via Twitter, that Roethlisberger will get five games.

That's pretty well couched, but Wise did get a news organization to post about his made-up news without attempting to verify it, which I guess was the point. So then Wise revealed that he was sort of hoaxing, and then people got mad.

Pro Football Talk: I thought the old-school newspaper types were anal retentive about, you know, accuracy and credibility?

SB Nation DC: Whatever Wise's motive, though, there's no reason for him to stoop to this level. I hate to go all Mark Jackson on everyone, but Mike Wise, you're better than that.

FanHouse: What we're left with is Wise proving a point that everyone already knew: When a member of the media reports something noteworthy, other members of the media pass along that report to their readers. The only thing we know now that we didn't know before is that Mike Wise won't hesitate to fabricate a story if he thinks it will help him make some obvious point.

Aaron Schatz: Yes, that's right, in order to prove that NFL bloggers will link to anything no matter how unreliable the source, Wise decided to make himself into an unreliable source, thus guaranteeing that NFL bloggers can't trust anything he writes in the future.

Jason LaCanfora: If I'm the Washington Post, I'm thinking seriously about suspending a sports columnist. No surprise the Big Ben tweet was a hoax. I called it the moment I saw it, which is why I never mentioned it. Not a surprise considering the source. Trite joke; bad journalism

Sports Business Journal's John Ourand: You [aren't] right about "nobody checking facts" on Twitter. People trust you and WaPo and figure your "news" is accurate.

WaPo social media producer Katie Rogers: Why would you take your platform for granted like that, especially when thousands of people would kill for your job?

Dan Hellie: Luv ya wise but you have to figure out who you are in the twitter land. Bloggers can do that, respected columnists can not.

And so on and so forth. And Wise, of course, apologized, writing "in the end, it proved two things: 1. I was right about nobody checking facts or sourcing and 2. I'm an idiot. Apologies to all involved."

And then The Post's sports department and CBS Radio sent out reminders about social media policies. And The Post's executive editor, Marcus Brauchli, said "Mike did not follow our guidelines and has since apologized for it." And Wise gave an extensive interview to Press Coverage's Dan Levy, saying "Bottom line: I picked a lousy way to show we have no credibility in this medium, in the social networking medium, and that nobody checks these things out. It was just not a good way to do it."

And then we all lived happily ever after, promising you, our readers, that what we write will be true, to the absolute best of our abilities.

(Oh, and then we sat back and waited for 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, just in case any orange-hued fellows decide to weigh in.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 30, 2010; 7:03 PM ET
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Comments

LaCantreporta is right, posting false stories as a Post employee equals a suspension. As far as I'm concerned they ought to just let him go.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | August 30, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey, at least he didn't make disparaging comments about women or tell Strasburg to suck it up and pitch through the pain.

Posted by: nunof1 | August 30, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I think Wise just proved what most sports fans know....sports reporters, whoever they work for, can and do lie to get to the story first. And for JLC to be Mr. Righteous on Wise is such a joke. JLC and his "sources" have been wrong so often that most times I know JLC is wrong and the opposite is true. Either JLC just makes things up or he has the worse "sources" in the sports world.

Posted by: mtenan | August 30, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I find myself agreeing with La Canfora, too. This was completely irresponsible and just the latest indication that Mike Wise is a complete and utter joke of a reporter/blowhard.

Posted by: empsg59 | August 30, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

And it's one thing to be wrong all the time; it's another thing to intentionally mislead other reporters as well as the readers that had some level of faith in you. The last thing the Post needs right now are employees that are knowingly antagonizing their dwindling readers.

Posted by: empsg59 | August 30, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse


I wish you still had a chat, Dan, so we could interact with out about this.

Posted by: metatext | August 30, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Wise is half right. He is an idiot and a boring one at that.

However, because he is a WaPo writer/columnist/paid journalist, he automatically has more credibility than your average blogger/Twitterer and it is rightfully assumed that he has a reliable source for his reporting/statements, even if they are only posted on Twitter.

The fact that others reported his false Twitter statement shows that he has credibility in the social media realm. Or make that HAD credibility.

Posted by: G-SHOK | August 30, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

actually this proves the exact opposite of Mike Wise's hypothesis. The tweet was followed up on not because someone put it up there, but because someone in print journalism put it up there. As a reporter for the Washington Post, Mike Wise had instant credibility that bloggers take years and years to establish. Now that Mike Wise has pulled this stunt, his own credibility is shot in an instant, and it completely undermines the credibility of the entire sports department at the Washington Post.

Posted by: FlyersSuck | August 30, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

does Tony K even know what twitter is?

I'm hoping the Post Ombudsman writes about this loss of whatever journalistic integrity Mike Wise had left.

Posted by: boywaja | August 30, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Note to Dan Snyder--You need to shut up. If you want to blame someone blame yourself. Shut Up. Next time you want to say I did not call a fake punt, say I hired Vinny Cerrato for 10 years. Say I hired Jim Zorn. I signed Albert Haynesworth. Shut UP. Jim Zorn is not a head coach. But he has more class in his little finger then you will ever have. He was a good high school, college and NFL player. You were a putz. He is a good NFL assistant coach and you have ruined the Washington Redskins. The Ravens coaching staff and players hung a big loss on your team on its way to the super bowl. You need an offensive line. You need to block the defense. For 11 years you have tried to block seven with two. It does not work. Everyone in the NFL saw what happened last night. Donovan will be playing for Arizona if you do not get an offensive line. Casey Rabach is not an NFL center. None of the the linemen that Vinny brought in will play in the league this year. The Ravens embarrassed you. Open your mouth again and you will be embarrassed again. SHUT UP. Way to go Baltimore.

Posted by: HelloNewman53 | August 22, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

HAHA, best post I have ever read!

Posted by: BMACattack | August 30, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I wish he'd move on to his next city; he is a hoax.

Posted by: Hattrik | August 30, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I like Mike Wise's work. If media types know each other and follow each other's Twitter accounts, I believe that Wise has never broke news on his account. People don't pick up a phone and confirm with each other that the scoop is true anymore. Send an email so that the retweet or whatever has documented evidence. I also believe that the world has gone Twitter, instant access crazy. If anything, Wise should cancel his Twitter account, not lose his WaPo job. He didn't write or plagerize an article. Everyone makes mistakes and yes, even bad jokes. Already forgiven and forgotten. Learn a lesson bloggers and Twitterers. Lesson learned by Mike. Move along.

Posted by: nicety251 | August 30, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I think this was a very very stupid thing for Mike Wise to do. If he really wanted to test a theory (which I seriously doubt and only a fool or a really naive waif will believe that nonsense), then he would set up an unsubstantiated twitter to test his hypothesis. This approach of using his real name and credibility renders any experiment useless. That's like Mike Shanahan putting McNabb on IR just to prove that people will believe official NFL statements.

Posted by: tundey | August 30, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

How many more seconds of thought would Wise have had to have given this to realize it was a bad idea? 5? 3? Come on man...

Posted by: grimesman | August 30, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I think this was a very very stupid thing for Mike Wise to do. If he really wanted to test a theory (which I seriously doubt and only a fool or a really naive waif will believe that nonsense), then he would set up an unsubstantiated twitter to test his hypothesis. This approach of using his real name and credibility renders any experiment useless. That's like Mike Shanahan putting McNabb on IR just to prove that people will believe official NFL statements.

Posted by: tundey | August 30, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Pro Football Talk will run with anything. I can't believe they have the nerve to be upset. Those lazy "journalists" over there should try and check some facts before running with a story.

Everybody wants to be the first to report something. Nobody takes the time to make sure the information is correct.

Posted by: rhbancroft | August 30, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Busted! I don't buy his explanation. This reeks of him pulling a Cowlishaw and trying to cover it up. Now, his stories and/or sources can't be trusted.

He comes off as a jerk whenever I see him on WPL, now it seems he's a smarmy jerk on top of it. Remember the recent Thaler comment he made to Carter? Go back to the Times. Oops, they don't want you. Dump him, there are plenty of fine writers already on staff.

Posted by: thetechnocrat | August 30, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Busted! I don't buy his explanation. This reeks of him pulling a Cowlishaw and trying to cover it up. Now, his stories and/or sources can't be trusted.

He comes off as a jerk whenever I see him on WPL, now it seems he's a smarmy jerk on top of it. Remember the recent Thaler comment he made to Carter? Go back to the Times. Oops, they don't want you. Dump him, there are plenty of fine writers already on staff.

Posted by: thetechnocrat | August 30, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

How much you wanna bet that Wise also made up the story about him falling into the canal trying to rescue his dog a few years ago?

Posted by: nunof1 | August 30, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

La Canfora is right. Wise already lost a ton of credibility when after a spell when he was clear about the disorganization of the 'Skins, he proposed they give McNabb a contract extension - with the comments quickly being closed.

Increased national exposure has come at the price of losing all credibility. Maybe Mr. Wise would do well to call up fellow scribe John Tomase to see if it's worth it.

When you have the name "Washington Post" as part of your title then what you write reflects on them too. Wise got too smug and payment for his arrogance still hasn't been paid in full.

Posted by: Leofwine | August 31, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

I like Mike Wise. He's one of the few journalists left with a personality and sense of humor. So he messed up. He apologized. End story. That is all....carry on....

Posted by: fushezzi | August 31, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

JLa's right, but still, Florio & Co.'s comment reveals a sad state of affairs.

"Pro Football Talk: I thought the old-school newspaper types were anal retentive about, you know, accuracy and credibility?"

Really? This is as bad as when ESPN complained that Phil Jackson wouldn't do interviews on his future, and pretended it was *his* fault they didn't have a story. PFT is just retweeting there, even if they did "couch" it well.

PFT, retweeting what are perceived to be accurate sources so we don't have to be.

Posted by: WorstSeat | August 31, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

MSNBC picked it up as a story. I'm going to guess the caveat came late.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/38919536/ns/sports-player_news/

"Report: Big Ben's ban only lowered to 5 games

Ben Roethlisberger - QB - Pittsburgh SteelersMore team news
Aug. 30, 2010 - 1:35 PM ET

The Washington Post's Mike Wise is "told" that Ben Roethlisberger's suspension will only be reduced to five games rather than the expected four.

[the color of the text changes here]Take this "report" with a heavy grain of salt. Wise is a columnist, not a reporter. It immediately calls to mind Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw's misdirection last week on an impending Darrelle Revis signing. If this news does turn out to be accurate, Big Ben would miss the first four games, the bye week, and then a home game against the Browns.

Source: Mike Wise on Twitter"

Love the sourcing here. At least they admit single source.

Posted by: WorstSeat | August 31, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Mike Wise is a horrible writer and even worse radio host. I encourage all people to avoid his material as much as possible. The WaPo deserves better.

Posted by: dpkennedy | August 31, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Wise needs to either get off the radio and stick to being a writer or the other way around, he does not have the capacity to do both full time.

I say get him off the radio is my first choice. The Fan needs a upgrade anyway, after a year in its time to pick up the talent level and try and make a serious run at 980.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 31, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Wise should have just followed LaCanfora's lead and made up an unnamed source.

Posted by: ouvan59 | August 31, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

This is just bizarre...what was he thinking? Wise seems to take his position and influence completely for granted. His obnoxious stunt just makes readers doubt his level of credibility (which from most of the comments posted with his columns is pretty low to begin with). Can you imagine Boswell or even Wilbon pulling a stunt like this? No way.

Posted by: dbunkr | August 31, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Hey, if he got suspended, he could always go work for ESPN.

They don't mind exagerating and hyping a story without the facts.

Posted by: FumbledReturns | August 31, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Wise ought to get his butt fired from both WJFK and the Post. I mean, what arrogance. Something like that harms all media types in the long run, not just those who mentioned Wise's story.

Posted by: poguesmahone | August 31, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Breaking news: 1 month suspension from the Post. And this wasn't posted on twitter so you can believe it.

Posted by: thedude1974 | August 31, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

This just proves what I have thought about Mike Wise since he was, unfortunately, hired by the Post. He is a doofus who is far more impressed with his own act than anyone else. I believe his first column for the Post was him sticking up for Jayson Williams who drunkenly and recklessly shot his limo driver, and then did everythign possible to cover it up.

I can't fathom how annoying his radio show must be and I also can't stand listening to his attempts at humor and other off target ramblings on Washington Post Live.

/somewhere Tony Kornheiser is smiling like a Cheshier Cat.

Posted by: Franklin92 | August 31, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Obviously is not getting any "Wiser" with age. If anything he is loosing his wit or whatever left of it! He is overrated. Mike Wise is the new Tony Kornheiser.

Posted by: KarK | August 31, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

So he was proving that people should not trust the name "Mike Wise"? Yes, he truly is an idiot to damage his own brand.

Posted by: forgetthis | August 31, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

And now, a third reason to despise Wise. 1) his unconscionable and continuing support for Fat Albert-H; 2) his clearly "losing" to Andy Pollin in a recent televised debate moderated by Feldy; and 3) now this. When will the Post realize -- his merely having a byline DOES NOT make him right and righteous!! Stop giving him a voice!!!!!!

Posted by: redrocket | August 31, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Come to think of it, Mike Wise might have been posting twits and blogs for the then "Agent Zilch" now numero nueve. Yes it all makes sense now!!

Posted by: KarK | August 31, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

wise has been suspended one month

Posted by: slim4 | August 31, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

If he had just said "my original story was mistaken I apologize" instead of "this was all just a social experiment to see if people....take what I have to say seriously?" nobody would have said a thing.

Instead of apologizing for screwing up one time, he ends up doing long term damage to future credibility by saying that he was intentionally jerking everyone around.

Even Rob Dibble thinks that was pretty boneheaded.

Posted by: jbanks979 | August 31, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Ok, so Mike Wise told a bad joke but that's really all it was. I would have a problem with Wise if he was serious about what he reported but just had lousy sources that were proven untrue. Many of these so called journalists these days do exactly that. It’s probably another reason why newspapers are failing. Besides, Ben Roethlisberger is a jerk and if what Mike Wise did hurt his creditability anymore than it already has been with him assaulting women then it's well deserved.

Posted by: gridlockindc | August 31, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Jason LaCanfora: If I'm the Washington Post, I'm thinking seriously about suspending a sports columnist. No surprise the Big Ben tweet was a hoax. I called it the moment I saw it, which is why I never mentioned it. Not a surprise considering the source. Trite joke; bad journalism
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Who on earth does Jason La Canfora think he is fooling? He is, without any doubt, the most unreliable, irresponsible, dishonest, classless, slimy, Jayson Blair-esque sports reporter this town has seen in my lifetime. There is only one reporter at the Washington Post that I know of who fundamentally abused his position with the Post time and time again to trash the team he was assigned to cover, all in a blatant attempt to make a name for himself.

It worked, and he's gone now. But let's not forget about how La Canfora got there. By viciously and relentlessly attacking the Redskins--often without merit--for several years. Let us not forget the time La Canfora called the NFL offices and tried to get the Redskins charged with tampering (which would have cost us draft picks if true--which it wasn't).

Posted by: Barno1 | August 31, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

The Post should send both Wise and Wilbon packing. First, Wilbon for his pathetic shilling for ESPN on that LeBron decision spectacle, and now Wise with this latest act of buffoonery. It is hard to imagine that these two nitwits are actually the major sportswriters at the Wapo. The readership simply deserves better.

Posted by: Rravenfan | August 31, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Furthermore, Jason La Canfora has a lot of nerve attacking a fellow colleague (and friend) for putting out misinformation.

Let's see...this was just a day in the life of the Redskins Insider when La Canfora was running the show:

From the 2008 coaching search:

"This franchise went from 900 million to 1.5 billion since Gibbs came here in 2004. That's the bottom line here. Snyder is not gonna give the head coaching job to someone that doesn't have that big name, that sex appeal, who is not going to help him sell club level seats, and expensive suites." -Jason La Canfora

"I keep hearing that Jim Fassel is in a great position to get this job" -Jason La Canfora

"Gregg Williams is by far the leading candidate for this job." -Jason La Canfora

"Bill Cowher fits the bill for what Snyder would be attracted to" -Jason La Canfora

"Former Baltimore DC Rex Ryan would replace Gregg Williams if it goes down this way" -Jason La Canfora

"The Redskins have still said nothing to Williams and the rest of the coaches and all signs pointing to Fassel." -Jason La Canfora

"I Need A Job Where I Can Just Make Things Up And Create The News" -Jason La Canfora,

"In an era of rampant speculation I am being as careful as I can." -Jason La Canfora

"the consensus I keep coming to is Gregg Williams is the guy" -Jason La Canfora

"For all of the yapping about continuity and stability, sure sounds like a blood-letting is upon us. Owner Dan Snyder was given multiple opportunities to endorse an in-house candidate, and specifically Gregg Williams, and declined to do so." -Jason La Canfora

"Jim Fassel, former Giants coach and Baltimore assistant, could be getting a look." -Jason La Canfora

"Now, as I mentioned earlier Cowher would want full roster and personnel control and probably want to bring some of his own people in as well" -Jason La Canfora

"Cowher is off the market...He knows the kind of $$$ Snyder spends and he is not wavering in his stance" -Jason La Canfora

"I'd be stunned if the Skins don't reach out to Cowher soon" -Jason La Canfora

"the consensus I keep coming to is Williams is the guy" -Jason La Canfora

Posted by: Barno1 | August 31, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"Several NFL sources said that they took the identification of Schwartz as a candidate as another sign that Williams, who the players strongly support, does not appear to be the front runner." -Jason La Canfora

"It doesn't come off as a great sign that they bring in Williams's former assistant, obviously" -Jason La Canfora

"We've just started this process. It's the first interview of many. We need to slow down. It's impossible to see the entire picture right now. It's a fluid situation and this isn't free agency - you don't hire every guy you bring into town." -Jason La Canfora

"I thought he and Gibbs could have sent a much stronger message about the validity of their in house people as candidates at the press conference" -Jason La Canfora

"Wouldn't it be an indictment of this entire Joe Gibbs 2.0 era if Snyder went through the process then handed it over to someone with little-to-no head coaching experience - without at least talking to the in-house guys first" -Jason La Canfora

"Greg Williams will most definitely be a part of the process and, as I posted earlier, he is expected to interview at the end of the cycle, likely the final interview." -Jason La Canfora

"But to this point I do not have anything firm enough to meet the Post's standards" -Jason La Canfora

"It would really be something to have none of Gibbs's guys even get an interview" -Jason La Canfora

"the consensus I keep coming to is Williams is the guy" -Jason La Canfora

"Snyder is not gonna give the head coaching job to someone that doesn't have that big name, that sex appeal, who is not going to help him sell club level seats, and expensive suites." -Jason La Canfora

"Just got off the phone with sources with knowledge of the situation. Zorn will be the next head coach." -Jason La Canfora

Posted by: Barno1 | August 31, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Mike Wise Proved one thing for sure that he is a loudmouthed fool! Can't stand the guy and he comes off as some jerk who thinks he's better than he is. I hope he gets fired immediately from both jobs! There's too many talented sports commentators in this town to have to read and listen to this idiot.

Posted by: jdb70 | August 31, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Ever since he made his “it’s just hockey” comments last year he has continued to lose credibility big time. So, this comes as totally no surprise; something like this was even expected, IMO. It’s just accuracy, so what’s the problem, right Mike?

Posted by: TheOtherGuyInSection117 | August 31, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

So when does Wise win the award for being the first person in the history of the world to do something stupid on Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere on the internet? Remember him fondly the next time you get called to the principal's office for hitting "Reply All" instead of "Reply" on that inappropriate email that was so funny you just had to send it.

In his attempt to prove a point, he proved two other things-

1) Self-righteousness is the new levelheadedness, and the appropriate reaction to everything is to get as hysterical as possible.

2) Everybody hates sports journalists, but nobody hates sports journalists as much as other sports journalists.

Posted by: bryc3 | August 31, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Wise was a joke long before this. I mean, the guy went with Fat Albert over Shanahan for godsakes.

Come to think of it, it has been a terrible run for the Post when it comes to the NFL Beat. JLC and Jason Reid are both jocksniffers -- if you act their friend, they will never stop writing great things for you. See Jason Campbell, who reportedly spent so much time with both that Zorn had to intervene.


Steinberg is great -- the gem of the Post along with Maske.

But everyone else is terrible -- just trying to make a name for themself.

The Post should hire someone like John Keim to cover the Skins beat. Heck, anyone without an agenda will be a big upgrade.

Posted by: MylesMonroe | August 31, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

So when does Wise win the award for being the first person in the history of the world to do something stupid on Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere on the internet? Remember him fondly the next time you get called to the principal's office for hitting "Reply All" instead of "Reply" on that inappropriate email that was so funny you just had to send it.

In his attempt to prove a point, he proved two other things-

1) Self-righteousness is the new levelheadedness, and the appropriate reaction to everything is to get as hysterical as possible.

2) Everybody hates sports journalists, but nobody hates sports journalists as much as other sports journalists.

Posted by: bryc3 | August 31, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Amen dude. Amen

Posted by: Barno1 | August 31, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

LaCantreporta is right, posting false stories as a Post employee equals a suspension. As far as I'm concerned they ought to just let him go.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | August 30, 2010 7:32 PM
Are you kidding me? Lacanfora was one of the worst Post writers ever and got scooped or was incorrect most of the time in DC. Every person or organization in this Blog( that u created a link to stupid)has reported inaccurate info usually on a regular basis. Mike Wise was just making an example of the communication age and how truth is even harder to find than ever. Mike this paper doesn't deserve your writing.

Posted by: dougieyoung1 | August 31, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow I seriously think that "Barno1" should have his own blogging space here. He seem to be more informative and analytical than Dan, Wilbon, Wise, Tony, Tracee and Sally combined. I would love to know whether Barno1 has his own blog somewhere else.

Posted by: KarK | August 31, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Take your lumps like a man, and then get back to work.

At least you didn't edit a sound-bite to make someone appear racist and get them fired from their job.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | August 31, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Mike Wise was a half-rate hack before he pulled this incredibly stupid stunt. His columns always make me wonder if he really believes the stuff he's writing, or if he's just screwing with us. Either way, I hope he loses his job. A respectable publication like the WaPo should not tolerate fabricated stories from any of its writers (columnists, bloggers, or reporters). Like Katie Rogers said, most people would kill to have his job, yet he takes it for granted with his stupidity.

Posted by: right-to-self-defense | August 31, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow I seriously think that "Barno1" should have his own blogging space here. He seem to be more informative and analytical than Dan, Wilbon, Wise, Tony, Tracee and Sally combined. I would love to know whether Barno1 has his own blog somewhere else.

Posted by: KarK

Barno1 already has his own blogging space. It's called http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog

Posted by: jbanks979 | August 31, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Time for a lot of you to get off your high horses and stop needlessly attacking Mike Wise for something he has already admitted was a mistake, already apologized for, and already cost him a month's suspension by his employer.

It's interesting how many of you can't seem to grasp the very simple difference between fabricating a story to expose shoddy journalism and fabricating a story because you are dishonest.

Mike Wise is not dishonest, people. He happens to be one of the best, most talented, sports columnists around--and Washington Post readers are lucky to have him covering our teams.

A couple of my favorite Mike Wise pieces:

The Psychic Scars that Shaped an NBA Star: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/28/AR2006102800830.html

For Capitals' Brashear, Fighting's a Way of Life: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/01/AR2009050104147.html

Wise won first place in the Associated Press Sports Writers award for the first piece (about Gilbert Arenas and the mother who abandoned him) and should have won a Pulitzer for the second piece (about Donald Brashear's upbringing--one of the most gut-wrenching, emotional, masterpieces in journalism I have ever had the pleasure of reading).

Before anyone else erroneously calls him a "hack" I suggest you take a few minutes to read (or re-read) either or both of the above pieces.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 31, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Between Mariotti's arrest and Wise's idiocy, TK's "enemies" are making TK pretty happy.

Posted by: gkronenberg | August 31, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

As a 28 year old, I feel comfortable speaking for my peers in saying that, with rare occasion, we don't find any source of news particularly more trustworthy than others. Newspapers routinely get things wrong, omit facts, and conflate facts and opinions.

Few media institutions have a brand so strong that it coveys complete credibility. People my age, and perhaps more broadly, don't trust mediums, we trust and distrust people. The traditional media has misread the public horribly in this regard.

We know the gig. The primary objective of media organizations is not the conveyance of quality information. It is making money. And this industry, money = eyeballs, not quality. We know this. We know that sensationalism and speed over accuracy come from this.

Mike Wise clearly missed this. As a journalist, your credibility comes from the accuracy and integrity of what you report, not the piece of technology, print, TV, web, etc. that you use to do it. He didn't undermine Twitter's credibility. He undermined his own, and by proxy, that of the Post.

Posted by: theredsman | August 31, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I've never liked Wise's writing. He tries to mask his ignorance with flowery prose, but his true colors always shine through.

His appearances on Washington Post Live are abominable, and I get the distinct impression that most of his colleagues would love to strangle him.

The Wash Post should just fire his ass and put us all out of our misery.

Posted by: chombie13 | August 31, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"Of course, many of us reporter types put news on Twitter, and we do so with the understanding that readers will trust us and believe our news, and then do with that news whatever they like, up to and including putting it in their own blogs or stories. We want you to believe us, even if you're a rival news gatherer. We think that's a good thing."
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You're wrong.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 31, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

My sources tell me that the suspension has been shortened to 26 days

Posted by: vw52 | August 31, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

As a Hockey and Baseball fan, impartiality when dealing with Mike Wise is difficult, but perhaps this comes close enough.

1) is this about the integrity of Journalism, Football, or Mike Wise? Because if it's either of the last two (or if people are using Journalistic integrity as a Red Herring by which to hang Wise) than this is all just a lot of blustering to avoid the embarrassment of being fooled.

2) Assuming this is really about good journalism what do readers expect to happen as a result? Will WaPo applicants have to go down the GMU's Krasnow Institute and sit in an FMRI while answering questions about their fact-checking and anonymous sources? Basically, what would "change for the better" look like?

Hey, if Mike Wise gets run out of town by a crowd with torches and pitchforks I'd use the footage as my Season's Greetings video, but there's no way Santa thinks I've been THAT good. And until sports media followers set clear expectations for journalists (and editors) by ONLY consuming products that demonstrate respect for fact-checking and a willingness to be 2nd to print and 100% correct instead of first to print, first to apologize; than sensationalism, not journalism is what will dominate the market.

This is an opportunity. A well-known media member screwed with the public by lying about one of the most popular players in the country's most cherished sport. If you want things to be different there are simple, powerful things everybody can do.

1) don't listen to the Mike Wise radio show.
2) don't view his column. and don't comment on his posts
3) send an a sarcastic email saying, "Now that it takes four days to figure out which part of this week's stories were actually true, my wife would like to thank you for freeing up my time to watch Sex & The City reruns with her. It's been awesome!" --okay probably not that, but it might make you feel better--

4) Read/listen/follow people who consistently prove their credibility rather than relying on the assumption of its existence. And most importantly tell the bosses about the reporters from whom you want to hear.

Oi! Matt Vita more Dan Steinberg, please.

Posted by: Kdarienzo | August 31, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I commented above on the irony of his punishment being the same as Roethlisberger's but wanted to add a point. What Wise did was irresponsible, but I for one am perfectly happy with his apology. It's just as annoying to me that the jackholes who showed themselves to be hacks are now getting indignant, as if Wise is responsible for *their* actions as well (i.e., running with the story without fact-checking).

Posted by: frylock | August 31, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

"It's just as annoying to me that the jackholes who showed themselves to be hacks are now getting indignant, as if Wise is responsible for *their* actions as well"

Completely agree.

Wise is 10x the journalist than most of these 'jackholes!'

Posted by: Barno1 | August 31, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that Wise thought he had a scoop - heard or read something obscure and thought he could claim first dibs. Then it back fired, so he had to make up a story about his twitter being out, and it was all a joke gone wrong. Probably was a joke gone wrong, but he didn't start it. He just got suckered by it.

Posted by: clocker58 | August 31, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Bonehead move for Mike to pull a stunt like that. However, I can almost bet that this stunt has been done before and certainly won't be the last, thats twitter for ya. But there is one thing I can't get: Did a little birdie chirp this info to him or was it really his inner demon that wanted to pull a bad joke on twitter. Anyway, Mike Wise is IMHO the best sports journalist they have other than Len Shapiro, Boz and of course Dan Steinberg. The rest of them (Wilbon, Jenkins, Hamilton, LaCantstandya) need to just fade away.

Posted by: EKamenski | August 31, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that Wise thought he had a scoop - heard or read something obscure and thought he could claim first dibs. Then it back fired, so he had to make up a story about his twitter being out, and it was all a joke gone wrong.

Posted by: clocker58 | August 31, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

You really need to learn how to read. As has been mentioned, repeatedly, Wise said he was going to do this well in advance on his radio show.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 1, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Barno is a fool. He thinks Dan Snyder is a saint and now he is kissing Wise's sorry behind. There is NO way to defend what Wise did. He deliberately sent out false information using his Post twitter account. It doesn't matter WHY he did it. What matters is that he did it intentionally. The Post had every right to be furious and he really should have been fired. The fact that he wrote a puff piece on Brashear has nothing to do with it. Frankly, WJFK should can his sorry butt too. They aren't looking too good over this either. It would be a benefit to the local media if this is the beginning of the end for Wise in this town.......

Posted by: poguesmahone | September 1, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey guess what Pogues? Mike Wise isn't going anywhere and Dan Snyder isn't going anywhere. Deal with it, moron.

Posted by: Barno1 | September 1, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Having gotten suckered into listening to Wise for a month when the format of WJFK changed to all sports - this is no surprise. He comes across as someone who has a very over inflated opinion of himself and uses the microphone for his sports soap box to promote is leftist agenda. It is not surprising that someone who comes across as knowing what is good for everybody else doesn't have to play by the same rules until they are caught. Forget about saving the world Mike, save yourself.

Posted by: chargersix | September 2, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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