August 31st, 2010
03:02 PM ET

Leading sports columnist suspended for bogus tweet

Mike Wise, one of the Washington Post’s leading sports columnists, has been suspended for a month for posting bogus NFL news on his twitter feed, Wise announced on his radio show this morning.

Yesterday in what Wise said was an effort to “showcase the absurdity of bad journalism” he falsely tweeted that Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would be suspended for the first five games of the upcoming NFL season.

This would have been a major headline since the NFL has only said Roethlisberger would be suspended anywhere from four to six games for his behavior at a Georgia night club.


Wise wanted to see if other sports writers, columnists, and bloggers would re-tweet his post or source him on it without checking it out on their own. Many did.

Today he said it was a “horrendous mistake” to use his twitter account which identifies him as a Washington Post columnist to post false information.
Wise’s statement | Audio

Wise’s “Post” colleague Howard Kurtz (also host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources”) tweeted that he thinks the one-month suspension is overly harsh. Fox Sports’ Jason Whitlock is also tweeting that Wise is paying too steep a price.

But “Pro Football Talk’s” Mike Florio, who was one of the writers who picked up Wise’s false post, thinks Wise is getting off easy.

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  1. stillhip

    who cares

    August 31, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. xeroxparc

    While Wise could probably put 2+2 together and surmise that this was going to happen, people have to get off the social media pipe. It's not journalism and should not be treated as such. Leave it for Bieber sightings and "ZOMG I was so wasted" updates.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kaye

    he wrote he was right about nobody checking facts and sources...hmmm.....kinda like how we elect our gov.,

    August 31, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    Lazy reporters are lazy.

    August 31, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MikeR

    I think this article about Mike Wise being suspended is also a hoax. Did anyone check?

    August 31, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    He should just claim that he received his info from another source, like all the other sheep who related his info and didn't get in trouble. What, you can be sloppy and wrong as long as you don't know it? How do I get that kind of a job?

    August 31, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. un1k3n

    As a reporter, Wise has to be held to a standard of truth. He blew his reputation to prove a point, but blew his reputation nonetheless. I am not a reporter, so I can claim that Big Ben was booted from the Steelers. Not true, but nobody's gonna report it because I said it.

    August 31, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rick

    The guy might be a journalist but he didnt write that info in anything aven remotely news related! There arw alot of supposed professionals who tweet verry unprofessional things and dont get suspended for it because it is a networking tool not a news paper or even a trashy tabloid who publishes false statments daily! Give the guy a break.

    September 1, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rose

    Big Ben is an easy target and reporters have been having fun. I think Mike the not too wise should have been fired. Any reporter that does not take his job seriously should be fired. I wonder how many other stories he made up about Ben and others?

    September 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. news.blogs.cnn.com

    Leading sports columnist suspended for bogus tweet.. Neat 🙂

    April 17, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |