Adam Jacobi says CBS fired him over Paterno death report

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In a series of tweets, Adam Jacobi says CBS let him go after he published a story Saturday night saying that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had died. Jacobi tweets:

CBS was not the only news site to falsely report Paterno’s death. But it was the first major news site to pick up the erroneous report from Onward State. CBS was criticized, in particular, for not sourcing the original death report but naming the student publication as the source of its error once the mistake was clear. Paterno died Sunday.

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    I personally think that he deserve for it however, Adam Jacobi was good player of CBS.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZNF7B65OWTS24YKOZO6RGNJKRE comic_sf

    CBS is rife with thinly sourced news stories.  60 Minutes twice used bogus material from con-man Jonathan Idema.  And don’t forget Dan Rather’s use of a fake document, created at a Kinkos, to try and bring down Bush for being a draft dodger.  (Not that that would have been a bad thing.) 

    If this was the guy’s first mistake, I think a reprimand would have been enough.  But maybe it wasn’t his first mistake?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZNF7B65OWTS24YKOZO6RGNJKRE comic_sf

    CBS is rife with thinly sourced news stories.  60 Minutes twice used bogus material from con-man Jonathan Idema.  And don’t forget Dan Rather’s use of a fake document, created at a Kinkos, to try and bring down Bush for being a draft dodger.  (Not that that would have been a bad thing.) 

    If this was the guy’s first mistake, I think a reprimand would have been enough.  But maybe it wasn’t his first mistake?

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    Disgraced coach
    and pedophile enabler Joe Paterno is lucky he died before having to face
    civil lawsuits and perhaps even criminal charges. Good riddance.

  • Reykjavik

    While Jacobi’s mistake should have not gone unpunished, it sounds like a reasonable mistake caused by a bit of carelessness, not gross negligence. If news organizations push push push to get it first (but get it right), stuff like this will happen. But we’re not in the domain of airplanes dropping from the sky, surgeries being screwed up, or bombing the wrong village, so lighten up, journos.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FFYGXRWCQGKVOIMKLNGAGCS4QA Anonymous

    Finally a news organization with credibility.  Your turn Fox.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think he should have been fired for the Paterno mistake, but he SHOULD have been  fired for writing “awesome”  in his tweet.

  • http://twitter.com/_KennyVee_ Kenny Vee

    I’d rather them get a story right than “take a risk” and “innovate” and “run stories that are false.” Then again, I consider “news” to mean that the stories should be true. In that regard, I appear to be in the minority. Truth isn’t flashy enough for most Americans.

    In this case, I am sympathetic to Mr. Jacobi, as he picked up the story from a news source at Penn State who claimed to have two corroborating sources. Still, I can’t see his firing as “sending the wrong message.” Haphazard reporting and the people like you who demand it are the reason that integrity in reporting is so hard to find these days.

  • Anonymous

    Jan 27 Newsflash: CBS News reporting Joe Paterno remains dead.

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    Umm,
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    you like. Try imitating their other styles, make tweaks to it here and
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  • http://twitter.com/renewkir Rick Newkirk

    I know journo folks think this is the right thing and that it had to happen, but it really underlines a problem in journalism. Adam Jacobi made a mistake, but employers shouldn’t fire people for taking risks. This was a great opportunity to learn from his mistake and get better, but now he’ll never get that chance. Media should be firing people who keep the industry stale and never try to innovate their model. Getting ahead on a story isn’t exactly innovation, but it’s a risk, and the message CBS is sending is the wrong one for their employees and for the industry.

  • http://twitter.com/mrkite909 Chad Bearden

    This chump deserved it.

  • http://twitter.com/mrkite909 Chad Bearden

    This chump deserved it.