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Michael Jackson coverage - TMZ says he's dead, nobody else does

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by write then drink, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. been at least 30 minutes since TMZ reported Michael Jackson died

    did they jump the gun?

    or did they beat everybody?

    is anybody else reporting MJ's death?
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    TMZ is usually right on with this stuff.
  3. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Put it this way, they're either gonna look like fools or geniuses.
  4. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    I think E! has it as well.
  5. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    TMZ can take chances the networks can't.
  6. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    And now Wolf says "Multiple CNN sources report Jackson is in coma."

    CNBC crediting LA Times for a death report.
  7. SouthernStyle

    SouthernStyle Member

    AP, FOX News and L.A. Times now confirming death. Looks like TMZ whipped everyone.
  8. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Two things:

    1) TMZ breaks a lot of things before anybody else these days, in the athlete/entertainer realm. On a lesser note, for example, they had MMA star Rampage Jackson's car chase and related events ahead of the curve. They DEFINITELY broke the story of the young Angel pitcher being killed in the car crash earlier this spring.

    2) From my experience -- the reason I know about this is I somehow got on some kind of breaking TMZ e-mail alert list because of some sports story a while back -- they might be out on a limb with some gossip deal. But when it comes to something serious, if they've broken it, it has been right. They haven't, to be blunt, gotten a death wrong.

    They're a gossip site, but they're extremely well connected, and you have to give the devil its due.
  9. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    They, um, beat it.
  10. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Amazing fact: The hospital managed to keep Jackson's death secret for two and a half hours. Reports now say he was pronounced dead at 1:07 Pacific.
  11. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    That's pretty good actually.
  12. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    With cardiac arrest you could be dead and brought back to life, or even a coma for a significant amount of time
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