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July 4th, 2009
02:44 PM ET

TMZ: The Ultimate Hollywood Insider

TMZ.com broke the news of Michael Jackson's death before it was officially announced to the world. CNN's Don Lemon talks with TMZ founder Harvey Levin about how the four-year-old Web site got the ultimate inside scoop.


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  1. Carlene Gallagher

    I have been a CONSISTENT viewer of CNN for a long, LONG time. My heart goes out to the Michael Jackson family; however, enough is enough!! To know what is going on in the world I have now tuned to Fox. It is hard to swallow some of the slant but at least I am getting news. Also, I have seen so many repeats and yes, I do just change the channel!

    July 4, 2009 at 7:46 pm |
  2. Valdene

    You have to ask yourself well how did TMZ know so early that MJ was dead? It means that someone at the hospital or with the EMS service broke HIPPA and talked for a couple of bucks. What seems to be lost when it comes to celebrity is what's right and wrong in reporting. They are people, they have families, and while it may be "fun" to watch the train wrecks of their lives, is it right to do so? I liked MJ, but what's happening right now is just exploitive and no one wants to delve into that aspect of the media feeing frenzy.

    July 5, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  3. Bob Schultz

    How is it that a whole week can be spent covering Michael Jackson,
    but no in depth coverage of our servicemen and women and the
    suffering their families go through? Is the ultimate sacrife of hundreds of men and women less worthy? Is anyone outside their families mourning to the same extent as they do for this one person?
    Does anyone think of what life's values really are?

    July 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  4. Kristie Medley

    About tickets to the memorial-I don't think the distribution was random at all. I live in Kentucky and someone I graduated high school with lives in Pasadena. I just found out she got tickets. Out of all the people that submitted what are the odds she would get selected and she just so happens to live in California. I think the majority of those chosen will be selected from the people that leave in the area. Where's the fairness there? I had fully planned on getting a plane ticket and attending. Guess not now.

    July 5, 2009 at 9:19 pm |

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