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Deadspin relied on unshakeable sourcing in proving the existence of a hoax involving the alleged dead girlfriend of Manti Te'o. The backup for alleging Te'o's complicity wasn't quite as strong.

Reporter Pete Thamel's shortfall of journalistic skepticism. Or, there but for the grace of God go I.

Taiwanese animation captures media effort to verify Notre Dame linebacker's story about a deceased girlfriend.

Deadspin was out to debunk a hoax. But could it rely on some random woman it found on the Internet?