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4.09.2007

Jimmy Kimmel p0wns! Gawker

First off -- I enjoy reading Gawker, but "Gawker Stalker" seems pretty pointless. And I also work as a journalist, specifically online, doing entertainment writing and working with our blogs (that's just me clearing the air about where I stand).

To back it up a bit, Jimmy Kimmel filled in for Larry King on CNN and had the editor of Gawker on the show, and talked with her about the "Gawker Stalker Map" that gives updates about where celebs are in New York City. George Clooney has complained publicly that this map is dangerous, and could lead to stalking and violence.

It's fair to say that NYC has had it's share of problems with stalkers and celebrities.

Kimmel basically goes on to accost the Gawker editor, who claims that "people just accept it's not true" but says it's journalism, and points to tabloids for an example.

I'll bite and defend tabloids -- they do report what they consider news, and they provide what their audiences wants. People may think what they report is hearsay and gossip, but legally speaking you hardly ever hear of these papers getting sued by celebs. This is mostly because they do their homework and "lawyer" things to all oblivion. It's not hard news but there's not sitting at their keyboards making things up either.

Besides that, you'd never, NEVER, have an editor of any paper, even tabloids, say that they expect people to not believe it's true.

So watch for yourself Jimmy's interview, and if you're inclined, leave me your opinion.

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