Steven A. Smith of ESPN’s First Take (January 17, 2013) discussing the Manti Te’o hoax came to a conclusion for himself, Te’o is lying. He says “When you follow the dots,” that is the conclusion you must come to. He pointed out that is the job of the journalist, to follow the dots. Te’o carrying on a love filled relationship for three years when he has never seen the girl face to face, but has talked about looking into her eyes.
After a near fatal accident, on her deathbed from leukemia, and her funeral, and he never went to see her. Following the dots, it certainly seems as though Te’o was involved in the hoax!
Lance Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey was aired about two days after the Te’o Hoax was uncovered. One sports announcer compared the two, an unfair comparison when looking at the childish stupidity of Te’o’s actions and the insidiousness of those of Armstrong. But it is an accurate indicator of how television and celebrity work!
Having only heard and seen a few portions and opinions from the Armstrong interview, reports are he was very cold and calculating. He admitted to the charges he had denied for over 14 years. Lying, about cheating, use of performance enhancing drugs and illegal actions, perpetuating those lies each and every day for all those years!
Still, even in the interview, Armstrong could not shake his natural habit of lying. People in the know are still urging him to come clean. Armstrong is a liar, a cheat, a law and rule breaker of the highest magnitude, using and threatening people for his own nefarious needs and deeds! Mike Greenberg of ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” (January 18, 2013) admitted the dots weren’t followed in the Armstrong saga! The red flags raised were ignored by the sports media.
Let’s call this sociopath like behavior “Lance Armstrong Syndrome”. It is a malady of an individual, enabled by a compliant media, afraid of, or in awe of that individual. An individual who will lie, cheat and steal to the very highest of magnitudes, and swear to it’ to attain and retain the power and adulation they crave.
It doesn’t matter who it hurts, they must win at all costs, even if it hurts the nation! This syndrome includes media participation that sees the symptoms, but refuses to follow the dots of dishonesty and corruption. A media that fans the fires of fraud and corruption handing greater power and glory to a dangerous sociopath!
Then I must ask why are not the dots being followed in the case of Barack Hussein Obama? I would think this is the job hard news journalists should do. News media has failed miserably during Obama’s appearance on the national scene! In fact, it seems journalists have attempted to erase those dots and destroy the reputation of anyone trying to follow them!