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Gossip Sites Tone Down The Snark For Coverage Of Jackson’s Death

Updated: Being as vicious as possible has been the claim to fame for gossip blogs like TMZ and — but some sites showed their gentler sides today when it came to coverage of Michael Jackson’s death. One exception was Perez Hilton, whose initial coverage of Jackson’s hospitalization was as mean-spirited as ever. (And the backlash could ultimately sabotage Hilton’s plans to launch a less-snarky site this summer in the hopes of attracting bigger advertisers). AOL’s TMZ actually broke the news almost an hour before any other publication, though many people keeping tabs through social media (myself included) sought confirmation from a more credible, “mainstream” news source.

Reports from outlets like the LAT, CNN and the WSJ followed — though some criticized them for getting scooped so thoroughly by TMZ. (Also of note is that TMZ was able to get an official statement from long-time Jackson producer and friend Quincy Jones).

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone and Vibe both managed to get full-page homages to the King of Pop up relatively quickly.

2 Responses to “Gossip Sites Tone Down The Snark For Coverage Of Jackson’s Death”

  1. Thought you guys would want to see what Perez Hilton said about MJ going into Cardiac Arrest.

    ” “We knew something like this would happen!!
    Michael Jackson was taken by ambulance from his Holmby Hills home to a nearby Los Angeles hospital on Thursday afternoon!! Supposedly, the singer went into cardiac arrest and the paramedics had to administer CPR!!!
    His mother is even on the way to visit him!!!

    We are dubious!!

    Jacko pulled a similar stunt when he was getting ready for his big HBO special in ‘95 when he “collapsed” at rehearsal! He was dragging his heels on that just like his upcoming 50 date London residency at the 02 Arena, of which he already postponed the first few dates!!! Either he’s lying or making himself sick, but we’re curious to see if he’s able to go on!!! Get your money back, ticket holders!!!!”

    Go here for the Screenshot.

    Boy what a class act he is…