The sagas of Manti Te'o and Lance Armstrong have spiraled across the media landscape over the past month, appearing everywhere from Oprah Winfrey's network to Katie Couric's show to Saturday Night Live. At first glance, the two stories are substantially different: Armstrong admitted to conducting an incredible doping regimen in his quest to win the Tour de France and then going after everyone who dared to suggest he was dirty. Te'o says he was deceived by a hoaxster and then lied about his relationship with his non-existent girlfriend to the media after being informed fo the scheme.
The stakes involved there aren't all that similar. However, there are plenty of common threads running through these stories, in how they were initially covered, how the lies were exposed, how the athletes reacted and how the media have reacted. These stories have both presented a window into the current state of sports coverage and raised some questions about where it may go in the future. Here are five media takeaways from the Te'o and Armstrong stories.no comments