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Perils of the Gossip Game

By admin Published: December 10, 2007

Since I draw on news and gossip sites a good bit for the HeldenFiles, I'm glad I didn't grab the story about a $10,000 tip supposedly left by Donald Trump. Trump himself denied the story, and now the Los Angeles Times has this story about the way the fakery was accomplished. But it's a scary moment for the gossip biz. There's already enough to be skeptical about thanks to checkbook journalism, unnamed sources, confrontational reporters/photogs and the side-taking by various gossip orgs. (I always try to attribute things to the entities I find them in.) All the more to beware when someone can concoct a fake story that is both this outlandish and yet vaguely plausible.

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