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Newman Death Hoax Was *Not* Reported by TMZ, US Weekly

Here’s a new twist on the old game of a celebrity still very much alive being reported dead.

WayneKnightTwitterProfilePicPer Mashable real-time news editor Brian Ries, it was *not* TMZ or US Weekly that reported the erroneous death of Seinfeld actor Wayne Knight over the weekend, but rather a man in Texas. The US item was in fact attached to a dot-.us URL fake-out, while TMZ in this case was anchored to TMZ.today rather than TMZ.com:

The address for the [US Weekly] website, designed to resemble the real US magazine website, was registered on Saturday by a man in San Antonio, Texas, according to WhoIs records. The creator of the hoax website did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Kane-based state police have identified the deceased as the lovable ‘Newman,’” added tmz.today — a website that resembles the real TMZ.

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Josh Dickey Ankles TheWrap for Mashable Entertainment Vertical

Josh Dickey will no longer have to wait a week or more to make a Mashable imprint. The LA-based journalist, who has jumped in the past year from Variety (film editor) to TMZ (managing editor) to a second stint with TheWrap (managing editor), is on the move again – this time to Mashable to head up the site’s new entertainment vertical.

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Dickey’s official title is entertainment editor. He will remain based in Los Angeles and starts a little later this month. From this afternoon’s announcement:

“The entertainment world is a great story right now as technology both disrupts the business and creates new opportunities, and there is no better person to lead the Mashable’s exploration of these transformations than Josh Dickey,” said Jim Roberts, chief content officer and executive editor of Mashable. “Josh has been on the frontline of Hollywood’s digital transformation, and his perspective and talent will be a great addition to Mashable as we go heavy into Entertainment.”

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Daily News Drags Ireland Baldwin Through Some Very Old Mud

DailyNewsFront_11_18Who, we wonder, is ultimately responsible for the first sentence of the article credited to Ryan Sit and Daniel Beekman? Did the reporters craft the lede, or was it – as it sort of feels like when reading – added in by their editors to support an equally offensive front page today:

This “little pig” has a roast beef with folks ridiculing her dad.

The paper is rightly taking heat for framing Alec Balwin‘s supportive daughter Ireland with this sordid, circa TMZ-2007 reference. Shame on them, say commenters to a Huffington Post article by associate media editor Catherine Taibi:

wandylou: While I think Baldwin needs to rein in his anger… Why would the NYDN sink so low to put his daughter with those words on the cover? If that were my daughter, you bet your life I’d be pissed. Exploiting the kids to spite Baldwin… Not cool.

Cameron Yarborough: “Little Pig”? Staff at the Daily News are sicker than Alec Baldwin.

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Time Inc.’s New Chief Content Officer on Native Advertising and TMZ

NPearlstineAt the Media Minds breakfast discussion this morning, new Time Inc. chief content officer Norman Pearlstine had some interesting things to say about media ethics in conversation with Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy at Harvard. Jones, who pressed Pearlstine on the issues of native advertising, wondered how the exec would approach these issues at his new gig.

“[Native advertising] varies from brand to brand,” said Pearlstine. “It’s not to suggest that some magazines have a higher or lower standard, but that they’re different. If you think about the customer needs of some of our lifestyle magazines, they’re quite different from the customer needs from Time or Fortune.”

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Her Dad is a Manhattan Doctor, Not Andy Kaufman

Leave it to Andy Kaufman to pull off, without even trying, the opposite of all those Twitter death hoaxes. Call it a “life hoax.”

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Several days after the New York City awards show that caught the attention of each and every member of the Kaufman-obsessed world, The Smoking Gun has the real story. The woman who claimed Monday to be Kaufman’s daughter is an actress:

The woman who appeared onstage this week claiming Andy Kaufman was alive – and that she was his daughter – is a New York City actress whose actual father is a Manhattan psychiatrist, TSG has learned…

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TMZ Vet Daniel Goldblatt Now at the Helm of Variety.com

Very few people can point to longer terms of service with TMZ than Daniel Goldblatt. He started with the Harvey Levin operation way back in June of 2005. Roughly six months before the site opted for an original, breaking news voice and eventually found its way to a monstrous Mel Gibson scoop.

After eight years with TMZ as a producer and coordinating producer, Goldblatt has shifted over to New York City and the position of managing editor for variety.com. This may be purely coincidental, but in recent weeks, we’ve been noticing more variety.com linkage on The Drudge Report.

Almost everyone’s a cubicle star in one way or another if they work for TMZ. But it was away from the 24/7 office that Goldblatt clocked one of his more infamous LA moments.

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Josh Dickey’s Tenure at TMZ Lasts All of Three Months

TMZ founder Harvey Levin can be a demanding boss. His ability to ferret out stories, sources and exclusives in a telephone manner that is second-to-none creates exceedingly high expectations for all those who work alongside him in the 24/7 newsroom.

Did the Levin horizon of journalism deliverables have something to do with the exit in late June of Josh Dickey (pictured), hired as TMZ.com managing editor just a few months earlier? Probably.

This morning, just as TheWrap provided a friendly, familiar home for fired Variety film reporter Jeff Sneider, it is now also the new place of re-employ for Sneider’s old boss. Dickey has rejoined Sharon Waxman‘s operation as managing editor, bumping Joseph Kapsch up to Lisa Fung‘s vacated executive editor slot.

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Questioning a ‘Disgustingly Written’ Brett Ratner TMZ Item

We hate to be the bearers of bad Web news. But catching up to Village Voice editorial fellow Raillan Brookscomplaints about the tone of TMZ’s coverage of Brett Ratner donating to the NYC mayoral campaign of openly gay candidate Christine Quinn, we must sadly inform – there’s plenty more where that came from.

There are basically three tiers of content at TMZ. The website has both feet planted firmly in the gutter; the half-hour syndicated TV show has one foot out on the cleaner sidewalk; and the one-hour call-in block TMZ Live is the most legitimate of all, with Harvey Levin and cohorts intelligently discussing the day’s top stories.

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Producer Nina Parker Reflects on Her Time at TMZ

If you happened to flip past TMZ sometime last fall, you probably noticed a familiar face was missing.

Nina Parker, who started off at the entertainment website as a runner in 2007 before she was promoted to producer, left last September for a position with The Insider as an on-air correspondent.

“Before I got there [TMZ], I had never worked that hard in my life,” Parker told Mediabistro. “I was literally at times sleeping in my car and then just going to work.”

For Parker, TMZ was the opportunity she needed to break into the business. After studying broadcast and electronic communication arts at San Francisco State University, the Sacramento native was working a regular 9-5 job back home.

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TMZ Retracts Janet Jackson Abuse Story

Every once in a while, TMZ gets a story wrong.

Their latest goof was a report last week that Janet Jackson had slapped Paris Jackson during a family confrontation.

Turns out it never happened:

TMZ published a story last week based on sources who told us Janet went off on Michael Jackson‘s daughter after the singer tried to grab Paris’ cell phone. We also reported Janet called Paris a “spoiled little bitch.”

Although we believed the story to be true when we published it, we have now determined it was not correct … Janet did not slap or otherwise touch Paris, nor did she verbally abuse her.

Notice something missing from that statement? Saying sorry goes a long way in the public’s perception of a website.

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