- The original CBS Sports tweet and story.
- Other news outlets picked up the news.
- — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter)Sun, Jan 22 2012 02:05:08A bunch of Web sites are saying that Joe Paterno has died. Most are attributing just one source, a CBS Sports article.
- — HarrisFaulkner (@HARRISFAULKNER)Sun, Jan 22 2012 02:08:19Our Fox News team is working to confirm: CBS Sports reporting the death of Penn State legendary:former Footbal Coach Joe Paterno.
- Doubts began to arise after Paterno's sons tweeted he was still alive. A spokesman later confirmed Paterno hadn't died.
- — Scott Paterno (@ScottPaterno)Sat, Jan 21 2012 17:48:12CBS report is wrong - Dad is alive but in serious condition. We continue to ask for your prayers and privacy during this time.
How Did This Happen?
- — Onward State (@OnwardState)Sat, Jan 21 2012 17:48:12A Paterno family spokesman has denied our initial report, which was corroborated by multiple sources. We're working on finding out more.
Media Falsely Claim Joe Paterno Dies
On Saturday night EST, CBS Sports reported that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno had died at age 85. The news was picked up by other news outlets only to be quickly retracted after both of Paterno's sons and a spokesman denied reports he was dead.
byElana Zak635 Views