Anorak | Mainstream Media Questions TMZ’s Michael Jackson Death Scoop

Mainstream Media Questions TMZ’s Michael Jackson Death Scoop

by | 30th, June 2009

jackson-tmz MICHAEL Jackson Watch: The mainstream media catches up with Anorak as questions form over TMZ’s claim that it knew of Jackson’s death first. (Although the National Enquirer puts its own case for knowing first.)

Anorak’s Man in LA has more:

It’s taken them a few days to catch up, but the established mainstream media is beginning to clear the stardust out of their eyes andrealize there was something fishy about corporate, porn-pushing gossip site scooping the world on the death of Michael Jackson.

We laid out the evidence on Friday that under the leadership of shaved bronzed midget frontman Harvey Levin, TMZ took the same information that everyone else had and gambled that it spelled out that Jacko was dead– that they ran the Michael Jackson is dead story before getting official confirmation, before knowing for sure.


The upside? Well, look at how the mainstream media, from Brian Stelter in the New York Times to beaten beat writers in the Los Angeles Times , have responded with awestruck wonder at the supposed technological and journalistic brilliance of the jealous, corrupt mutts at TMZ for going with the story a good forty minutes before anyone else (see Dan Rather at Parkland Hospital).


The downside? There’s not much of a downside. There was enough confusion in which smarmy sleazy Harvey could have slimed his way out of it, and gotten the attention just the same.

This afternoon, the Los Angeles Times website runs and Drudge headlines as a “whine”– a “comment” piece entitled, How would we have reacted if TMZ had been wrong about Michael Jackson’s death?

Alexandra Le Tellier writes:

“TMZ would become the first outlet to announce the singer’s death. What came next was a surprise. Before the RIPs and the ‘he touched us all’ jokes, many users began posting jabs aimed at CNN more specifically, its irrelevance as a news source…

“Has technology’s ability to deliver information at such a rapid pace corrupted us? …Have our standards for accountability dissolved?

“…And who was TMZ’s source anyway? The site’s managing editor, Harvey Levin, said he and his staff made hundreds of calls, but he didn’t divulge whom they spoke to, which begs the question of whether they confirmed the news with a reliable, accountable source as is required by the Los Angeles Times or if they spoke to someone who was violating patient confidentiality.

“When 19 employees at this same hospital, UCLA Medical Center, were busted in 2008 for snooping through Britney Spears’ confidential medical records, it was hard not to wonder why they’d have risked their jobs. Were they looking for a story to sell just as their colleague, Lawanda Jackson, had done? She was indicted in 2008 for selling information about Farrah Fawcett and accessing hundreds of other files. If that’s the case here, are we seriously going to trust people who’re willing to break the law for some fast cash?

“’A curious thing is at play here,’ (NY Times syndicate ethics columnist Jeffrey) Seglin continues. ‘Few people expect TMZ or Drudge or the National Enquirer to get things right or to report on issues of substance. When they do, at least so far, it’s a bit of

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