Washington Post Suspends Mike Wise for a Month
Washington Post columnist Mike Wise fabricated a story on Monday in an attempt, he said, to demonstrate the declining standards and credibility of the sports media. In the end he damaged his own credibility, and as a result the Washington Post has suspended him for a month.
"My bosses at the Post feel I need a month to think about the severity of my actions," Wise said at the beginning of his Washington, D.C. radio show on Tuesday morning.
Wise explained on the radio that by posting inaccurate information (a false claim that he had been told the NFL would suspend Ben Roethlisberger for five games), he thought he was demonstrating how easily other outlets will pick up and pass along inaccurate information.
"I tried to showcase the absurdity of bad journalism," Wise said. "I could give you 10 reasons why I did this and what went wrong in the execution. I made a horrendous mistake, using my Twitter account that identifies me as a Washington Post columnist.
Wise said he hopes he hasn't damaged the Post's credibility -- or his own.
"Our worst moments should not define us," said Wise, a columnist who often delights in ripping others for their worst moments. "I'm paying the price I should for careless, dumb behavior."