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OK! magazine has on a post on their website about Brad Pitt and his recent trip to Venice, Italy. Brad’s there, as you know, to promote his latest film “The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford.” Well, take at look at what they wrote about his trip:

After several days of playing both mom and dad to their four children, while Angelina Jolie was off in Iraq visiting troops and victims of the ongoing military conflict, Brad Pitt is getting some much-needed “me time” in Venice, Italy, where the hunky actor is promoting his upcoming film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

…So where is Angelina? It’s possible that, though no one has spotted her in the romantic Italian town,

“They left the kids with their nanny at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel for the past two nights,” the source tells OK!. Wherever Angie is, Brad won’t be back in NYC until after Labor Day….. “

They titled this post “Brad Hits Venice Without Kids and Angelina.”

I think you can tell where they went wrong with this post. Anyone with internet connection knows Brad AND Angelina are in Venice, with the kids as well. Angelina returned to NYC on Wednesday and from there she and Brad traveled to Italy. So whatever “source” they have must be one without sight or access to Yahoo.com or Google.

Pretty funny, no? Let this be yet another reminder to question your sources. It’s all well and good to read gossip, talk about who is sleeping with whom, who’s a slut or skank ( both those are Paris Hilton), but when you look at this crap as some sort of beacon of truth you’ll end up with a lot of egg on your face.

Well, not as much as OK! magazine.

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All About Kate

On Sunday, August 26th, actor Owen Wilson attempted to take his own life. The media has been going into a frenzy since that day trying outdo each other in their tacky coverage of this tragic incident.

The winner is Us Weekly. They titled their cover story “Kate’s Nightmare” , giving a tiny little line about the person who’s actually living the nightmare. How is it “Kate’s Nightmare”? Was she the one dealing with depression and addiction? Was it Kate that slashed her wrists with a knife and downed a bottle of pills? I’m not a fan of Kate Hudson. I’m no fan of movies centering around blond women bouncing up and down playing some goofy hippie chick. However, it’s clear that this is not about Kate Hudson. Owen Wilson is a man dealing with serious emotional issues. I’m sure breaking up with someone is painful but I doubt the breakup was the sole reason for his suicide attempt.

If anyone actually cares about Owen Wilson you won’t buy this bullshit magazine or any tabloids for that matter. Give the man what he asked for, which is to respect his privacy. Let him get his life together, let him heal in peace. And for God’s sake stop watching Kate Hudson movies.

Ok, that last one was about me. But seriously, her movies suck!

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I came across this great video response to all the tabloid bullshit circulating about Brad and Angelina. The author of the video sums it up best:

The Media in America has gotten to a point where you can’t believe anything reported anymore. Tabloid journlism has reached mainstream media and people can’t seem to tell the difference. So I made this vid featuring as many liars as possible. I made this video for all the haters at blogs who choose to believe and hold hate fro Brad and Angelina for no reason. I made this video for their supporters

Hope you enjoy and thank you jazzy45rocks for putting this video together.

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 It’s Britney overload this week. Please make it stop!

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For the past year, give or take a few months, tabloids and entertainment shows have chattered on and on about Angelina Jolie’s weight. They all say she is too skinny and have come up with a slew of reasons for her recent weight lose. Some say it’s because she’s upset Brad wants to go back to Jennifer Aniston ( riiight) while others, via pointly worded blind items, have accused her of having a secret heroin addiction ( because herion is such an easy addiction that you can pick it up and put it down like smoking a cig). And some, like the always trustworthy National Enquirer, say she is suffering from a “secret. deadly, mysterious disease.” (yawn) The most recent coverage on the weight issue comes from Us Weekly. In their poll they ask their readers ” has she gone too far” and asks is she “too skinny.” This follows another poll on E!Online that asked the same question.

Now personally, I wouldn’t mind if she had about 10 more pounds on her (also wouldn’t mind taking her place and hooking up with Brad Pitt, but that’s for another conversation) but is she really that skinny? Are these polls and comments real concern or is it a thinly ( no pun intended) vailed attack on Angelina? I doubt E! and Us Weekly really give a damn about Angelina Jolie and what she may or may not be going through. E! didn’t care about her emotional stability when they were attacking her in 2005. They certainly didn’t give a damn when they attacked her live during the recent Golden Globe awards. Their red carpet interviewer Ryan Seacrest asked the most boring and innane questions to Angelina (practecly ignoring the person nominated for a GG, Brad Pitt). However, being the professional, she tried her best to answer. Well, as soon as she and Brad left, Seacrest and his co- hosts ripped into her. The following day Seacrest used his radio talk show to rip into her some more. He said “if she doesn’t want to talk then she shouldn’t have come. Don’t show up!” The following week her mother died. There was no apology from Seacrest or any of his collegues that attacked her all the while she was dealing with the pain of a gravely ill mother.

Which brings me back to my question.  Do these people really care? Like I said, I think she could stand to gain 10 pounds or more but this nitpicking of her weight seems to me to be an obsession. We’re too obsessed with weight in general, with losing weight and gaining weight. If Angelina Jolie put on 15 or more pounds do you really think Us Weekly and all the rest of the tabloid world wouldn’t jump on the chance to question her weight gain? They’d say she was pregnant or fat. This issue with Angelina’s weight doesn’t seem to be about her but rather our own issues with weight. Not to mention our obsession with peeking into the lives of celebrities and following their every move.

If we’re going to question her weight lose then we should do so with actual concern and not pretend to care. Us askes if she’s “taking it too far” as if she is going out of her way to be thin. Angelina Jolie has gone on record more than once this year about her weight and the rumors. During an interview in Canne, France, Angelina had this to say:

This year, I lost my mom. I’ve gone through a lot. I have four kids. I just finished breast-feeding. It’s been hard to get my nutrition back on track and learn about my body after birth. I am doing the best I can. The thing that’s disturbing is that instead of somebody saying, oh, this looks like somebody who is dealing with something from emotions—it’s, do they want to fit into skinny jeans? I don’t encourage young girls to be too thin. I do want people to understand that I am just trying to work through a very difficult year.

As a fan of Angelina Jolie, and as a human being, I will refrain from taking part in some insensire poll about her weight. Instead I will wish Angelina and her family well. Despite what we may think or say about Angelina Jolie, that she’s a “goddess” or a super woman, she’s not. She’s a human being that like us all is trying to live her life. To deal with the stress and sadness that a lose of a parent brings and the stress and joy that comes with a large family and a stable relationship.

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There is probably no word like tabloidzation, but what other word do you use for the dumbing down of the media in particular and the public in general?

There was a time when people would have been ashamed to pick up a copy of a tabloid magazine, not any more. Venerable newspapers like The New York Times even use them as a source. I am particularly pissed at the laziness exhibited by the media, nobody bothers to fact check stories any more.

I just read a story posted online by a staff writer for Chicago Tribune about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie taking their children to a museum on sunday evening. True, they did take their children to a museum, but the story was filed on saturday. Did the journalist file his story on saturday in anticipation that the Pitts would take their brood out on sunday or was it just incompetence on the reporter’s side?

What bugs me is that if they could get the most basic story wrong, what are the chances they are doing any research on the serious stories that are being published? Has the public been so dumbed down that we cannot tell the difference? If the media cannot be held accountable for knowingly disseminating false information and being unethical, should they still have the protection afforded them by the freedom of the press? The media has become so intellectually dishonest that they are more about making a name for themselves and enriching their bank accounts than they are about keeping the public informed.

There is no longer a distinguishing line between real news and gossip. When I tune in to watch Count down on MSNBC, I do not expect to see fiction tabloid writers proclaiming with a serious face that Brad and Angelina are breaking up for 1,000,000th time and that the eternal victim (Jennifer Aniston) is “doing well.”  You have NYT doing positive profiles of famewhores and celebrity wannabes like Harvey Levin and Perez Hilton, you have Washington Post publishing a write up from the dumbest tabloid-Life and Style. This begs the question, is there really any difference today between tabloids and the so called legit, or are we already on the slippery slope where everything is all about gossip and innuendo?

I, for one, no longer have any faith in the media. I neither believe what I read in the newspapers nor do I believe the news on TV. The legit media need to get their acts together, but if they want to become tabloids then they should do away with the pretenses that they care about serious journalism and the truth. It is time that the tabloids are held accountable for the lies they print instead of allowing them to hide behind the freedom of the press.

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After reading all of the tabloid reports about Brad and Angelina, one thing is certainly clear–the couple is happy as can be. Why is it that people feel the need to make up and report crap about couples in order to sell a magazine? Truth is stranger than fiction, people!

And if the media was truly doing their job; if they were fair and honest; if they were kind and careful, Brangelina might be more than happy to open up and say what’s really going on with them. But after all of their words being twisted and mis-reported, they’re just not letting anyone in … which leaves the media in a tough spot.

What will they report on when the celebs close their lips? The things that paparazzi tell them. All of these “sources” and “insiders” and “confidants” are not close friends and family to the stars. I think that we should all make a real effort to question the source rather than question the couple! I dare you.

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