Gotham’s Gossip Gloss Grows Dim

Friday, September 24, 2010

Transcript

We can trace Gotham’s modern reign over gossip journalism to the late 1970s, when the New York Post introduced its “Page Six” column and the tabloid competed for daily dirt. But now, with the rise of outlets like Gawker and TMZ, New York’s star is fading, writes Foster Kamer in the Village Voice.

Comments [3]

Philip Prindeville from Portland, OR

What I found glaringly absent in this piece was any mention of the recent John Edwards/Rielle Hunter episode.

In this case, a "gossip mongering" tabloid like the National Enquirer did some very legitimate reporting.

The Los Angeles Times, on the other hand, used the mantle of refusing to indulge in "character assassination" when they buried the story: even well after several credible witnesses including the hotel manager, housekeeping staff, and surveillance video tapes all collaborated the story.

The question of which publication was more legitimate journalistically, has a supremely ironic answer.

Sep. 30 2010 11:04 PM
Evan from Santa Monica

While there was a lot of talk of Gawker in this story, I was hoping that Bob or Foster Kamer would talk about another website in the Gawker empire--Deadspin. What started out as an invaluable blog for discussing the banality of most sports coverage, and the dark side of ESPN, has become infamous for their gossip coverage of athletes and sports figures--printing photos of the Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton, who famously turned his life and career around when he got sober, drunk in a bar with three women (he is married), gossip of ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman flirting with a woman (a pickup line to a woman wearing a leather skirt: "You're with me, leather," that became famous due to Deadspin and which other ESPN broadcasters alluded to on SportsCenter), and most recently, allegations that Brett Favre sent explicit photos in text messages to Jenn Sterger.

Sep. 27 2010 09:04 AM
Daniel Lafave from Cambridge, MA

What a bizarrely New York-centric piece. People outside the New York area have and have had little of no interest in the New York Post. Before I read about it on Gawker, I had no idea what Page Six even was. For most of America, gossip since the late 1960s has been the National Enquirer, other supermarket tabloids, celebrity gossip magazines like People and Us Weekly, and tabloid news shows. Message to New Yorkers: just because Page Six is a big deal in your world, doesn't mean it is matters to anyone else.

Sep. 26 2010 11:47 PM

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