Twitter is abuzz this afternoon with the rumor that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger broke both his legs in a car accident. It would certainly be a major story if the two-time Super Bowl winner were to suffer such an injury, but these rumors are a complete non-story. Roethlisberger is not hurt. The story is false.
How do I know the story is false? Oh, you know, I’m not a complete idiot.
The only source that’s reporting this totally fake story is this one. Global Associated News. Seriously? I’m not even going to comment on how little effort the people behind that fake “news” source put into making it seem real because I’m too astounded that there are people dumb enough to actually fall for it.
None of the navigation links on that site even work. Did that not tip anyone off as to the ridiculous fakeness of this stupid story? No? How about the ridiculous domain in your address bar? Still not setting off any B.S. detectors?
How about the fact that the story involves the Pennsylvania highway patrol diagnosing Roethlisberger’s supposed injuries and announcing them to the media before he had even been taken to hospital. Does that sound like something that would actually happen to you? Really? If you answered yes, you are a moron.
It seems like every other week there’s a new story about people on Twitter falling for the dumbest fake stories imaginable. Come on, people. We are smarter than this!