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USA TODAY blog goes viral with alleged Ronaldo story

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by MeanGreenATO, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. MeanGreenATO

    MeanGreenATO Active Member

    As nauseating as yesterday's USA-Portugal finish was, this story about Cristiano Ronaldo might be worse.

    Deadspin has it laid out here (http://deadsp.in/T3eTSg), but I'll give the quick synopsis.

    USA Today's Chris Chase posted a blog saying Ronaldo's haircut honored Erik Cruz, whose brain tumor surgery he paid for. I saw the tweets yesterday, and I was skeptical, but I didn't look into it. This morning, I decided to look at it again. I also wanted more on the story.

    I searched "Cristiano Ronaldo, Erik Cruz" on Google and clicked under news. Nothing reputable came up, and then the UK's The Independent also showed skepticism on this: http://ind.pn/1rpQ0MU.

    Deadspin reported that the original story that Chase linked to on his blog from the Spanish newspaper Diario AS (http://bit.ly/1gn0xB1), was written in March. Wright Thompson retweeted the alleged Ronaldo story before he retweeted the Deadspin story.

    Now I'm young and very naive in general, but I don't know how someone can report something like that without any other fact-checking. Also, I don't get how so many people can share stuff on Twitter like it's gospel.

    I don't know what to call Chase's post. But this is highly frustrating. It's the second time something like this has happened this World Cup: http://yhoo.it/1uXGH7g

    Correction: As my stupidity is pointed out below, Chase didn't say Ronaldo's haircut had anything to do with the kid. I couldn't put 2+2 together, and I'm an idiot. Sorry guys.
  2. boundforboston

    boundforboston Well-Known Member

    I don't know how related For the Win and USA Today are, but I imagine they're separate enough that they don't use the same editorial standards. Sometimes that bites you in the butt, sometimes not.
  3. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Your lead definitely piqued my interest to read further but upon doing so just don't see the big deal. I was hoping for some scandalous story of Ronaldo in a pile
    with Shakira
  4. DrewJo

    DrewJo New Member

    So to clear things up:

    USA Today wrote an article in March saying Ronaldo paid for a kid's brain surgery.
    Then yesterday, a bunch of Twitter accounts made some connection between the kid's surgery and Ronaldo's new haircut.

    But....are you saying that Ronaldo DIDN'T pay for the kid's surgery? Because Deadspin just seems to be complaining about the Twitter accounts, and not the original USA Today article.
  5. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    I saw a tweet a while back that said that they believed that the tumors
    were caused by too many headers.
  6. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Yeah. Ronaldo DID pay for the kid's surgery.

    Leave the details of his stupid haircut to the gossip mags.
  7. MeanGreenATO

    MeanGreenATO Active Member

    Well, Drew, you're right, and I'm an idiot.

    Well this isn't embarrassing or anything.
  8. MeanGreenATO

    MeanGreenATO Active Member

    (insert repeated post here).
  9. MeanGreenATO

    MeanGreenATO Active Member

    (see above post. I blame this on Monday.)
  10. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Your original point that people should fact-check Twitter remains a good one, all other things aside.

    It makes lazy reporting WAY too easy.
  11. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    In truth the Z haircut showed Ronaldo's support of gay marriage -- Zorro the GAY Blade.

    Tweet that. It will reach mainstream media somewhere, I'm sure of it.
  12. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Named for Ronald Reagan:

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