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A lie can travel around the world and back again while the truth is lacing up its boots.
While attribution of the quote is contested the sentiment is not. It was further proven on Saturday when ESPN put out a tweet about two WNBA teams allegedly walking off the court during the National Anthem.
The tweet (which has still not been taken down) has nearly 9M views. It has been retweeted nearly 15K times and has climbed over 26K likes.
It was also a lie. An accidental misrepresentation, at best.
Some 10 hours after the original tweet went up, veteran reporter Holly Rowe took to her Twitter to reveal the truth.
“This is not accurate. The teams decided to respectfully stay in the locker room for the anthem. This is not an accurate representation of what happened. As you can hear the anthem was NOT playing,” she detailed.
THAT tweet generated 4K retweets and a neared an impressive 20K likes.
One hour later, ESPN tweeted its ‘correction.’ That tweet was all the way down to 1.8K retweets.
Correction: Players left the court before the national anthem was played, not during. https://t.co/MdW7HtMO1P— ESPN (@espn) July 26, 2020
The lie spanned the globe in record time.
The truth limped to the corner, got tired and stopped.
Of course, that would imply that ESPN was interested in the truth in the first place. Over the course of time that could be debated in earnest.