Websites

TMZ falls for hoax

TMZ.com received a lot of attention and some praise — including from me — for scooping the rest of the media on the cardiac arrest and later death of Michael Jackson. But today, TMZ threw its supposed standards out the window and mistakenly "confirmed" the death of mixed martial arts fighter Kim "Kimo" Leopoldo — based on web chatter. He's alive and well. The TMZ post has been pulled and the link redirected, but the gaffe is not fessed up on the site, that I can find. The Orange County Register and other media also fell for the hoax, says an L.A. Times story and Yahoo.


More by Kevin Roderick:
John Severson, 83, founder of Surfer magazine
LA Observed Notes: 60 Minutes, selling the Coliseum and more
Gil Cedillo, Nick Melvoin win LA runoffs*
LA Observed Notes: Baca goes down, LAX shuffle, media moves
LA Observed Notes: Big TV news, media moves, obits and more
Recent Websites stories on LA Observed:
Arianna Huffington is done with HuffPo
NYT's Michael Cieply named editor of Deadline
Mitra Kalita leaving LA Times for CNN
Memorial Day media notes: Moves, paywalls, Trump and more
LA School Report merges with Campbell Brown group, gets new editor
Serious kudos for the LA Review of Books
Grantland site killed by ESPN
BuzzFeed newsroom: 58% women and 68% white


 

LA Observed on Twitter