TMZ is a well-known celebrity news website where you can get your latest gossip on celebrities, Hollywood rumors and entertainment news. They have a TV show that shows videos of journalists interviewing celebrities as well as talk about specific things going on that they have discovered in Hollywood. They also post to social media about news they have recently discovered.
TMZ journalism is questionable because they don’t really have boundaries. When Harvey Levin, founder of celebrity news website, was questioned on if they have a specific “code of ethics” to avoid international news situations his response was jokingly “oh yeah we would never do anything like that.” They seem to always post the latest celebrity gossip, but sometimes it can being going too far and even be false.
TMZ sports is responsible for leaking the Ray Rice video of him beating his wife in the elevator. The question is asked, was this appropriate to show to the public? Now, that the NFL has seen the video they are taking action, so was this video a good thing to show? This may be true. TMZ also was responsible for leaking Stephen Collin’s confession to being involved with a 10-year-old. Again, the question is asked, “Is this appropriate to show to the public?” Once this video was leaked, the popular 7th Heaven TV show that starred Collins no longer aired. If this recording wasn’t leaked, would people like 7th Heaven still be taking action and cancelling the show? Probably not. This goes into consequential ethics. If the recording or video is shown to the public, is it creating more good or evil? Yes, it may be a little inappropriate but if it’s going to get people to not support them and get higher people to take action then maybe it’s worth it. Looking at both cases, I believe it has done more good than evil by punishing both stars.
However, TMZ has been known for having false accusations. For example, they reported that Miley Cyrus died in a car accident in 2008 with no proof and later was removed from the website. They also reported that Lil Wayne was in critical condtion and was being read his rights after suffering from a seizure. TMZ reported that Lil Wayne was seconds away from dying. This again was completely false and was later removed. This leads to the question, yes TMZ is reporting everythign they hear the second they hear it, but shouldn’t they get their facts straight first? Instead of being the first to post the news story, shouldn’t they make sure it’s actually true? Can we even rely on TMZ?
The media has mixed feelings of TMZ as well as the public. If you ask someone like Evan Rosenblum who has worked with Harvey and TMZ how he feels about it, he will tell you TMZ is amazing. The Daily Beast wrote an article saying that Rosenblum felt that Harvey is the best investigative journalist in the country and has broke amazing stories that the public needs to know. Another media outlet that spoke about TMZ didn’t seem to agree with this statement. The Chicago Now said that TMZ brings only negative press coverage for any person or company and they are looking to insult the topic at hand. For example, TMZ respectfully reported the Tito and Jenna Jameson allegation, but after it was over continued to bash the couple.
Does TMZ do more harm than good? The question remains, but you can still ask yourself if the recording of Stephen Collins and Video of Ray Rice was never obtained and showed b TMZ, then would they still have jobs? Probably.