06/13/14 by Rennie Detore
Anyone who has watched the news on television or flipped electronically through the myriad of web sites that report on the happenings of sports, entertainment, celebrity gossip or politics watches carefully but carries with them at least a little bit of skepticism or bias depending on which network or reporter they're watching.
Then, there's TMZ.
This incredibly sensationalistic take on "journalism" combines the credibility of the National Inquirer and their 308th story about a "bat boy" that is real and adds just the tact and taste of paparazzi type reporting into a hodgepodge web site and laughable weekend syndicated show.
In a phrase, TMZ is to journalism and integrity what professional wrestling is to sport. At least professional wrestlers, however, are athletes. Calling a TMZ reporter a journalist or what they do on their web site as anything more than gaudy is a gross overstatement on what they do on a daily basis.
Sadly, TMZ caters to a group of people who like their news splashed and without the proverbial net. News to TMZ isn't so much about telling the masses what's happening as it is to make sure they belabor the point to unsightly and unsavory levels.
TMZ likely doesn't care what anyone thinks of how they do business, especially given their tumultuous track record of printing photos and streaming videos that leave little to the imagination. Open caskets, fiery car wrecks or corpses hardly fazes this gaggle of this greatly overexposed web site that has the look and feel of something that was put together in someone's basement through a rudimentary web site template.
The latest target of TMZ is Tracy Morgan, the "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star who was critically injured a week ago when his bus flipped several times. Morgan remains hospitalized due to a multitude of injuries.
TMZ reported the news. Then, the added their highly questionable twist to the story.
That "twist" was a video from the night of the crash showing paramedics working feverishly to attend to the scene. Celebrities have pleaded, begged and demanded TMZ to take the video down, but as of June 12, 2014, it remained on the site.
You have to think TMZ feels that it's doing little if anything wrong. Celebrities are public figures, and, in the world of TMZ, all bets are off when it comes to this group of people. While it is true that celebrities understand that being famous comes with the good of being filthy rich and bad of being followed into an Arby's by photographers, some things should be labeled off limits regardless of your notoriety.
What happened to Morgan, and, for example, Paul Walker before him, is tragic, sad and terribly unfortunate for the friends and family of both individuals, particularly Walker who died in a car crash. TMZ clearly doesn't care much for decency, and obviously for those who were affected by what happened to these two men. TMZ might argue that what they're posting is no different than the shots you see on your local or national news channels. TMZ takes that mentality and takes more than just a few steps beyond that point.
Decent human beings don't want to see anyone, celebrities included, being pulled from car wrecks while they're unconscious. TMZ begs to differ, and isn't about to change its business plan any time soon.
TMZ most likely isn't going anywhere any time soon since apparently there's enough of an audience for the inane and tasteless. If TMZ had any decency or integrity, they'd at the very least pull back on the photos and videos that are gratuitous and unnecessary and simply dabble in the celebrity element of news, minus nothing is off limits mindset.
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