Candles circle the statue of Joe Paterno, the former Penn State football coach, outside of Beaver Stadium in the early hours of January 22, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania. The community was reacting to news that Joe Paterno, who is suffering from lung cancer and who was fired in November in the aftermath of child sex abuse charges against a former assistant, was in serious condition.
To make matters a little worse, A student-run news organization that covers Penn State has posted a letter online from its managing editor announcing his immediate resignation after the publication’s Twitter account sent messages saying former coach Joe Paterno had died.
Paterno’s sons disputed Onward State’s Saturday posts, and the publication recanted. But not before the erroneous information was reported and amplified by many media organizations across the country and retweeted uncounted times. The Associated Press did not publish the report.
Devon Edwards says in the letter that he takes responsibility and “never, in a million years, would have thought that Onward State would be cited by the national media.” He did not explain how the error occurred.
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