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    TMZ ~ Key player in news about Michael Jackson & The Investigation

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    TMZ ~ Key player in news about Michael Jackson & The Investigation

    Post  Moonlight on Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:28 am

    As TMZ 'broke' the news story about the death of Michael Jackson, the normally perceived celebrity gossip website, has for some, appeared to become the defacto source of reliable information relating to the investigation and all matters relating to Michael Jackson.

    Just because they were the first to break the news, does that mean that all their information is factual and reliable?
    Or are they media spin?

    Are they acting independantly for their own purpose? Or, are they serving someone else's agenda?

    If the latter, who are their sources? and what is their angle?
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    TMZ - The Death of Michael Jackson, background articles

    Post  Moonlight on Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:32 am


    TV misses out as gossip website TMZ reports Michael Jackson's death first

    Other news outlets were reluctant to cite the website as the source for confirmation of the pop star's demise.
    By Scott Collins and Greg Braxton

    June 26, 2009

    With the death of pop star Michael Jackson, TMZ gave the most potent demonstration yet of its ability to stir the pot of entertainment news. The gossip site once again left TV networks and other traditional media outlets scrambling in its wake, even as they attempted to distance themselves from a source widely regarded as salacious, if not disreputable.

    Just after noon on Thursday, paramedics responded to a 911 call at Jackson's Holmby Hills mansion. Less than an hour later, TMZ -- the same outlet that broke Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic tirade during a 2006 DUI arrest but that has also feasted on such fare as "upskirt" photos of stars -- landed the scoop that the multiplatinum pop singer had gone into cardiac arrest. At 2:44 p.m., it beat rivals by informing the world of his death, which occurred at 2:26 p.m.

    On a day already consumed by the death of '70s TV star Farrah Fawcett, Jackson's death sent TMZ into overdrive. Yet the tabloid sensibilities of the site, which is owned and operated by divisions of Time Warner, and its accompanying syndicated TV show apparently made rivals queasy. Many outlets around the world instead credited the news to the Los Angeles Times, which bannered Jackson's death on its website at 2:51 p.m.

    FOR THE RECORD:
    TMZ and Jackson coverage: An article in Friday's Section A about how gossip website TMZ scooped the mainstream media, including the Los Angeles Times, on the news of Michael Jackson's death said The Times bannered the news on its website at 2:51 p.m. Thursday. In fact, the home-page banner went up at approximately 3:15 p.m. —


    By 4 p.m., a huge crowd had gathered outside UCLA Medical Center, and celebrities and fans alike were submitting so many messages mourning his death on Twitter that the service intermittently crashed. CNN was still relying on "reports" from other media and telling viewers it could not independently verify the death. Only when the coroner's office confirmed Jackson's death did CNN relay it as outright fact to viewers, at 4:25 p.m.

    The irony is that CNN is, like TMZ, owned by Time Warner. But Fox News and MSNBC also struggled with the sourcing issue.

    If the lack of widespread credit bothered Harvey Levin, the managing editor of TMZ, he wasn't admitting it.

    "That's typical," Levin said during a phone interview when asked about rivals' hesitation to credit the site. "No matter what they say, people know we broke the story. That's how competitors handle it. There's no issue about our credibility.

    "Today I made 100 phone calls, and everyone else made 100 calls," Levin said of his staff. "Everyone blanketed the city. . . . We were getting calls from everyone under the sun, established news operations, asking, 'Are you sure?' That's such an odd question. We would not have published it if it were not true."

    Asked about its Jackson coverage, CNN said: "Given the nature of this story we exercised caution." Nigel Pritchard, a CNN spokesman, declined to elaborate.

    On Twitter, the volume of Jackson-related messages -- up to 5,000 per minute at its peak -- was so high that some users reported log-in trouble.

    Twitter co-founder Biz Stone acknowledged the performance lag. "We saw an instant doubling of tweets per second the moment the story broke," Stone wrote in an e-mail. "This particular news about the passing of such a global icon is the biggest jump in tweets per second since the U.S. presidential election."

    scott.collins@latimes.com

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    Times staff writers Joe Flint and David Sarno contributed to this report.
    Copyright ©️ 2009, The Los Angeles Times
    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-jackson-media26-2009jun26,0,1993773.story

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    Re: TMZ ~ Key player in news about Michael Jackson & The Investigation

    Post  lotusflower on Fri Nov 06, 2009 12:01 pm

    Interesting, any ideas on who owns TMZ? I'll try and find out
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    Re: TMZ ~ Key player in news about Michael Jackson & The Investigation

    Post  Moonlight on Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:40 pm

    Not sure if it's still the case (not checked) but it was launched by the partnership of AOL-Time Warner.

    Having said that, Harvey Levin has been known to be a bit of a renegade at times, if other media reports and wiki are to be believed ~ how can we ever be certain if we are being deceived or not confused
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    Re: TMZ ~ Key player in news about Michael Jackson & The Investigation

    Post  Moonlight on Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:30 am

    I've seen quite a few posts by people who suggest that TMZ's inside source for the Michael Jackson case, comes from the Jackson family, but I read TMZ to be generally anti-Jackson, aside from being trolls, can anyone think of any legitimate reason why any of the Jackson's would be feeding TMZ information that appears to discredit and damage certain family members?

    I also found it interesting that Klein pointed out that Harvey/TMZ must have had a tip off from the Coroner/Coroner's office/Ed Winters, before they visited his offices, as TMZ were there ready in position with camera's etc... when the coroner arrived.

    Klein also said that whilst he (as a friend of Michael's) was not invited, whilst Ed Winters was on the 3rd row at the memorial? He also implied that he may be in with the Jackson family due to that?
    but by the same token, they could also be in with AEG co-organisers/venue owners?
    Or even just there as a part of the investigation?

    Klein implies more fuss/drama was made of the visit to his office than needed to be, which is interesting as I recall Cherilyn Lee saying the same sort of thing, when the LAPD or coroner's representatives visited her office.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS3NscSayAU


    With that Klein interview just recently, I felt they seemed to be putting the Chandler abuse allegations to the forefront of peoples' minds again, with the 'pee in a cup thing'. I wonder if things like that, have influenced people, for example, Katherine's position re: the will/ estate admins?


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    Re: TMZ ~ Key player in news about Michael Jackson & The Investigation

    Post  Moonlight on Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:13 am

    More TMZ related articles:


    The New York Daily News is onto this love affair story between TMZ's Harvey Levin (left) and Larry Birkhead. We told you yesterday in the comment section of our website that the fallout was coming and today Ace Gossip Reporter Ben Widdicombe has something to say. The fact remains I have received hundreds of complaints from readers that TMZ has blocked Pro-Rita Cosby supporters from placing comments on their site and Harvey Levin has slanted the truth for his own needs. Harvey Levin now has become part of the story. What Harvey Levin did not count on was the loyalty of almost everyone in the media to Rita Cosby who is an award-winning journalist and is loved by all in the media for her professionalism and fairness. The fact remains that media outlets have made access deals with Howard K. Stern and Larry Birkhead is unfair reporting, whether for money or not. These so called side deals slant the news and does a dis-service to the millions of Americans who trust these media outlets. CNN should be ashamed of allowing Harvey Levin to get away with this and I can understand why Larry King is fuming, as he is an honest newsman who already got taken by Howard K. Stern. Larry should demand that Rita Cosby be a guest on his show to give equal time to a highly respected newswoman. Below is the New York Daily News Story. I urge you to write TMZ and CNN and tell them you will not stand being fed slanted news!

    TODAYS NEW YORK DAILY NEWS :
    Larry King got sidelined from his own show last week, replaced by an interview with Larry Birkhead that critics are calling a journalistic lapse by CNN.TMZ.com managing editor Harvey Levin interviewed Anna Nicole Smith's baby-daddy Birkhead, who refuted claims made by Rita Cosby in her book "Blonde Ambition.""Harvey said he could deliver Larry, but only if he hosted himself, to plug 'TMZ TV' [which launched this week]," says a snitch."Another condition was that no one else who was going to contradict Larry was allowed to call in live," says the insider."Debra Opri [Birkhead's former lawyer, with whom he is feuding] called in to the switchboard during the show and tried to get on air, but they wouldn't let her."The source claims other guests booked for the show were also dropped once Levin took over the anchor's chair. "Larry [King] is livid," says the snitch. A rep for King did not return a message.

    http://www.timessquaregossip.com/2007/09/larry-king-sidelined-by-tmz-and-harvey.html
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    Re: TMZ ~ Key player in news about Michael Jackson & The Investigation

    Post  Moonlight on Wed Nov 18, 2009 1:22 am

    and more:


    A Star Watcher Has Star Power

    THE king of Hollywood made an appearance here this month.
    No, not David Geffen. This royal personage was Harvey R. Levin, purveyor of the celebrity-driven Web site TMZ.com and its associated “TMZ TV” show, both owned by Time Warner.
    Mr. Levin showed up, only a tiny bit late, to address a conclave of lawyers and others who had gathered at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California for an annual review of the big issues in entertainment law and business.

    These were people whose names you would know — or, at least, those who represent them.
    The proceedings were led by Bruce M. Ramer, a lawyer whose client list has been capped by, but not limited to, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg. Lunchtime entertainment was a folksy chat between Mr. Ramer, of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, and Leslie Moonves, the chief executive of CBS Inc.
    “I wish it would die already!” Mr. Moonves blurted out in a delightfully unguarded moment. He was referring to “American Idol,” that persistent competitive annoyance on Fox.

    But the real star power attached to Mr. Levin, who looked equal to his introduction as a lawyer, producer, investigative reporter, host, managing editor and, in the words of a panel moderator, “the guy who rules Hollywood.”
    Taut and tanned, Mr. Levin, 58, was dressed in jeans and a black jersey. He had scarcity value: the whisper said you’d better catch him at the first of his two scheduled panels on celebrity rights, because he did not plan to stick around for the second. (It was true.)

    On the dais, Mr. Levin sizzled with stories about stuff that was too hot for even him to handle.
    Yes, he had gone directly to the police in Florida when he received an unsolicited e-mail message that purported to locate the body of a murdered girl. No, he was not about to spill the details of an “amazing” Michael Jackson story he had rejected. because it was based on what he believed to be real, but stolen, documents.
    “I have seen things that are just, like, wow,” Mr. Levin said. “Every day we get tested.”
    One of the most successful online ventures of the last few years, TMZ.com claims more than 10 million unique visitors every month.

    For the few who have not yet looked, the site specializes in catching the famous, on video if possible, in what are not always their finer moments. Those can be as trivial as a shot of Matthew McConaughey emptying the waste tank on his trailer. Or as consequential as TMZ’s story about Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic rant, a break that made the new Web site’s reputation back in 2006.

    Like many Web sites, TMZ employs its own photographers, writers and producers and also acquires content from freelancers. A lawyer by training, Mr. Levin takes pride in TMZ’s efforts to curb offensive behavior by its operatives with contractual strictures on photographers’ aggression and other measures. But the site’s hyper-intense coverage of celebrity foibles has pushed other media outlets to become sassier, while upping the stakes for packs of paparazzi who are pressing limits in ways that have even Mr. Levin fretting about the next Princess Diana.
    “There’s a huge problem out there. Somebody is going to get seriously hurt, maybe killed,” Mr. Levin said at U.S.C.
    Still, he argued, new laws were not likely to help. After all, the payoff for a shot can be so high, that even the hypothetical threat of a little jail time can seem acceptable to some. “What’s a year or so for assault, if I can get $200,000 for a picture?” Mr. Levin said, in describing both the bad guys’ thinking and the state of an overheated market for celebrity news.

    Surprisingly, the assembled lawyers — bumps and bruises of their famous clients notwithstanding — appeared disinclined to challenge Mr. Levin’s contention that new local, state or federal laws would accomplish little, except to make work for themselves.

    A proposal in Los Angeles to surround registered celebrities with a 20-yard personal safety zone met with general derision. “No chance in hell,” said Kent R. Raygor, a media law specialist at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, when asked to assess the constitutional prospects of celebrity licensing.
    David E. Wienir, a lawyer with Mr. Ramer’s firm, said he could find no evidence that anyone had even tried to use an existing California law that since 2006 has imposed stiff penalties on those, like magazine or Web site editors, who cause others to commit invasive behavior in pursuit of photographs.
    “So California has passed this innovative law which serves no real purpose,” said Mr. Wienir, who seemed a tad befuddled by the situation.

    But Mr. Levin saw no mystery. That’s why he’s the king.
    “Almost all of them want it,” he said of the celebrities who show up on TMZ and in other parts of the peepshow media.
    The real issue, he added, is how those involved can make a buck. “You’ve got to understand, this is a business,” Mr. Levin said. “How do you make money off of a business?”
    Only the day before, the rapper Snoop Dogg had proposed more or less the same thing, but from a celebrity point of view. Speaking for a TMZ camera, he advised Mr. Levin to pay up if he intended to keep using the performer’s face on a billboard advertising the Web site.
    “You know my slogan, ‘Break bread or fake dead,’” Snoop Dogg said.
    For those slow on the uptake, a sidekick translated: “Harvey Levin, send the check.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/business/media/26steal.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=TMZ.com&st=cse
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    Re: TMZ ~ Key player in news about Michael Jackson & The Investigation

    Post  Moonlight on Sat Nov 21, 2009 12:21 pm


    Detective Orlando Martinez asked a Las Vegas judge this AM to keep search warrant documents related to Applied Pharmacy secret until January 18. Law enforcement sources told us previously cops didn't want the warrant made public until the investigation was completed.

    Versus


    Attorney Colby Williams, representing The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, TMZ Productions Inc. of Los Angeles and Stephens Media LLC, the parent company of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, argued there was no reason for the documents to remain secret.

    "We consider this to be an important investigation into the death of one of the world's most well-known entertainers," Williams said. "The public has a right how these investigations are conducted."

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    Jackson Pharmacy Search Records to be Unsealed

    By KEN RITTER, Associated Press Writer
    Thursday, November 19, 2009
    (11-19) 17:56 PST LAS VEGAS, (AP) --
    A Nevada judge decided Thursday to unseal records of a warrant served at a pharmacy where authorities believe Michael Jackson's doctor bought the drug blamed in the pop star's death.
    The documents will be available Friday, after Clark County District Court Judge Valerie Adair signs a court order being drafted to make the ruling official, said Adair's clerk, Penny Wisner.

    "The court finds there is not a sufficient basis to keep the affidavit sealed," Adair said in a written order after speaking privately by telephone with a Los Angeles County prosecutor seeking to keep a seal on the warrant documents.

    http://www.aolcdn.com/tmz_documents/1120_conrad_murray_wm.pdf


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