How does a journalist up his Twitter fan club following these days?
One option is to dot your copy with the word p—y, as expertly done by WaPo humor columnist Gene Weingarten. (He was mimicking author Buzz Bissinger, who has an affinity for dirty tweets and often dropping the f-bomb.) Another is to outright fabricate stories, which is how WaPo sports columnist Mike Wise tried to tackle Twitter.
The sports site, SBNation.com’s Mike Prada has the details on Wise’s phony tweeting. Wise was trying to play a joke on readers – namely by inventing sports facts and hoping more readers would follow him. He even bragged about it on his radio show.
Wise’s Twitter handle is: @MikeWiseguy. And the handle appears to be fitting.
SBNation.com reports that Wise fessed up and tweeted this apology:
“As part of a bit on my show today, I tried to test the accuracy of social media reporting. Probably not the best way to go about experiment. But in the end, it proved two things: 1. I was right about nobody checking facts or sourcing and 2. I’m an idiot. Apologies to all involved.”