What a great day for the media. The New York Times, among others, reported that Heath Ledger was found at the apartment of one of the Olsen twins, and now apologizes for that. Many, many others stated that pills were found scattered around his body: Not true. It's the TMZ-ification of the news. The L.A. Times tonight dubs this "speed reporting" where news is spread -- even by mainstream outlets -- with facts trailing behind. Now AOL's home page is displaying his corpse being wheeled out to the street. Well, at least that did happen. Unfortunately.
In this vein: photo at above right shows the famous incident when photogs in Australian sprayed the star with water pistols at Brokeback premiere. He left the country almost immediately and never looked back.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Another loss on Ledger
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