When the news organization made famous by Walter Cronkite says you’re dead, you’re usually dead. Tonight CBSSports.com reported the following:
Joe Paterno, the man who for decades was synonymous with Penn State football and was known by the college football world as just “JoePa”, has died. Paterno, 85, had been receiving chemotherapy as part of his treatment for lung cancer, and complications from that treatment claimed the longtime Penn State coach’s life on Saturday.
Except that their source, a Penn State blog called Onward State, was as wrong as wrong can be.
Paterno’s family denied the report.
I appreciate the support & prayers. Joe is continuing to fight.
— Jay Paterno (@JayPaterno) January 22, 2012
No other major media outlets corroborated the CBS story, since was apparently based solely on a tweet from Onward State. All in all a total black eye for CBSSports.com.