Ben Roethlisberger might have broken both his legs in a car accident today according to Ben dot Roethlisberger dot Mediafetcher dot com, your number one source for fake Ben Roethlisberger news. A glance at the actual site wasn’t enough warning for everyone. Take Johnette Howard – “Columnist for ESPN.com and ESPNNewYork.com. Former Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated, columnist for Newsday and The Washington Post. Author of ‘The Rivals’ – for example. Johnette shared the horrible news with football fans everywhere without double-checking to make sure it wasn’t complete bullshit.
Breaking new out of Pittsburgh that Steelers QB Ben #Roethlisberger may have broken both legs in car accident ben.roethlisberger.mediafetcher.com/news/top_stori…
— Johnette Howard (@JohnetteHoward) September 26, 2012
It took a few minutes, but eventually Howard deleted the Tweet. However, she is still waiting for Adam Schefter to confirm the rumor.
@adamschefter Any details on reports out of Pgh that Ben #Roethlisberger injured both legs in a traffic accident?ben.roethlisberger.mediafetcher.com/news/top_stori… — Johnette Howard (@JohnetteHoward) September 26, 2012
Howard probably should have waited for an ESPN link or something, but when you’ve got a hot sports tip, you have to run it. In case you were wondering, each page on that website features this legal disclaimer:
FAKE… THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic ‘template’ and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank ‘non-specific’ template for the purpose of entertainment.
This is especially humorous in the wake of ESPN reporting the non-news about the NFL referees returning and a journalist like the Boston Globe’s Kevin Dupont comparing the blogosphere to replacement refs. Good job, good effort MSM.
The blogosphere:journalism with replacement reporters/writers. — Kevin Paul Dupont (@GlobeKPD) September 26, 2012
Update: Golf World’s Ron Sirak also fell for it. He has yet to correct himself.
Spokesperson for Pennsylvania highway safety authority says @steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has broken both legs in a traffic altercation.
— Ron Sirak (@ronsirak) September 26, 2012