Friday, June 26th, 2009


New York Times reporter Brian Stelter is wondering if anyone has ever written about the celebrities and the media! Okay: 1. Google Scholar: Tabloid, Celebrity. 2. Step away from the Twitter. Please. You're a sweet guy! 3. Oh and TMZ already, rather quite unbelievably, has the Michael Jackson 911 call.

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KarenUhOh (#19)

The entire TMZ front page is pretty astonishing.

Celebrities+ L.A.=Their game, and everyone else can lick their loafers.

He's a reporter, you say? Because he comes across like a fifth-grader with a book report due tomorrow.

afarerkind (#379)

Choire, you are contributing to the problem. All he had to do was post to twitter and, lo, you've done the legwork for him.

Abe Sauer (#148)

In all fairness he did say "scholars" who have studied the celeb press; so what he's looking for is FAILED celebrity journalists who now teach future writers of Entertainment Weekly's Hit List.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Also: Isn't a tweet like this tipping the NYT's editorial hand, showing what angle they plan on covering the MJ story from? An enthusiastic (and good) blogger could bang out an essay looking at the history and evolution of the celeb press (see: Wikipedia), get a few comments from, like, some other celeb bloggers, all sprinkled with anecdotes (Chaplin, Diana, Monroe, Manson, Madonna, TMZ, Anna Nicole) add a little speculation about the future of the business and BANG! scoop the NYT.

ValerieFlame (#150)

Because it's a sin to use Twitter to find sources? I don't get it. Not like he's mining a j-school listserve for anecdotal examples. Did he do a Google search and look through archives and call around? Probably. So what if he asked on Twitter too? You never know where you'll get something good.

@sauer – Yes. They are only going to write one story on this, and OMG can you believe the TIMES is doing a story examining MEDIA COVERAGE? If only I had thought of this myself. I coulda been a blogger.

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