First off though, the major question is why is this suddenly getting attention now? BeRecruited SportsWrap first posted about this on July 27th. It was soon followed up by Epic Carnival and Deadspin, followed by just about every other sports blog I can name. It's not like Fox News was breaking something that no one knew about.
Not only that, in the blogging community this rightfully wasn't seen as a major story at all. It was simply humorous.
But to me, as someone with a journalism background, it's Fox's story itself that's so terrible. Blogs have no code of ethics. This gives us considerable leeway and we can do pretty much what we want. But a news source shouldn't be pulling shit like what Fox News did with Vick - as in borderline actively looking to get people to think Vick really has ties to Al Qaeda and bought weapons from Iran.
So anyway, I'm going to go through the brief article right here. I realize most of you obviously think anyone who believes this story to be true is an idiot. But let me tell you my friends, there are a lot of idiots in this country.
Embattled NFL quarterback Michael Vick, facing federal charges related to his alleged participation in dogfighting, has been hit with a "$63,000,000,000 billion dollar" lawsuit filed by a
Jonathan Lee Riches filed the handwritten complaint over "theft and abuse of my animals" on July 23 in the U.S. District Court in
Riches alleges that Vick stole two white mixed pit bull dogs from his home in Holiday, Fla., and used them for dogfighting operations in Richmond, Va. The complaint goes on to allege that Vick sold the dogs on eBay and “used the proceeds to purchase missiles from the
The complaint also alleges that Vick would need those missiles because he pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda in February of this year.
“Michael Vick has to stop physically hurting my feelings and dashing my hopes,” Riches writes in the complaint.
[Right here there's a lot of missing information. First, how about we find out if Mr. Riches was even a free man when his dogs were allegedly stolen. That's not real hard. Or if he ever lived in Holiday, Florida. Not hard either. Or if he ever even had dogs. Second, now might be a good time to alert readers to any background on Riches, like that he's mentally disturbed. You are allowed to mention things like a person's background in an article.]
Riches wants $63 billion dollars “backed by gold and silver “delivered to the front gates to the Williamsburg Federal Correctional facility in
FOXNews.com attempted to contact Vick, but neither he nor his spokesman could be reached for comment. [I find it hard to believe his spokesman couldn't be reached for comment, considering a spokesman has been in every dogfighting story since this thing started.]