Editor's Note: What We Should Learn From The Manti Te'o Affair

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There's an old adage in journalism: "If your mother says she loves you check it out."

That's a rule all too easy to forget — or ignore — in today's Internet environment. Certainly Manti Te'o says he regrets not checking out Lennay Kekua more carefully.

But the reporters who swallowed the heartwarming storyline without question should be re-visiting the journalistic standards that have been in place — for good reason — since well before libraries full of information were just a mouse click away.

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