Before the National Enquirer
, The Star
and other gossip tabloids, there was the National Police Gazette
. Founded in 1845, it originally covered "highwaymen and suchlike malefactors, the thought being that the public would get on to the evil-doers and fix their wagons."
Thirty years later a new owner transformed 'the oldest weekly in America' into a full-on tabloid covering "murders, Wild West outlaws, and sport... well known for its engravings and photographs of scantily clad strippers, burlesque dancers, and prostitutes, often skirting on the edge of what [was] legally considered obscenity."
Some even consider it "America’s first popular men’s magazine."
The Gazette shut down in 1977, but has now been resurrected. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on May 2, 2013 -
A heroic leader of a cavalry charge at Gettysburg, a legendary newspaperman, twice famed co-inventor of the Wagon Lit train compartment --- and a real bastard’s bastard, a con man, a swindler, a quite-nearly-convicted blackmailer: all of these are one man. William d'Alton Mann
. The pseudononymous writer of "The Saunterer" (and editor-in-chef Town Topics
, the New York paper in which it was published from the 1880s until the 1930s) William d’Alton Mann was a pioneer of gossip who invented the blind item and --- entirely inadvertently --- gave the world Emily Post
. [more inside]
posted by Diablevert
on Apr 26, 2012 -
In 2009, Jon Gosselin was offered $365,000 for interviews: how reality stars, celebrity parents and rehab workers make money selling gossip
to celebrity websites and TV shows.
posted by Georgina
on May 23, 2011 -
Unvarnished: A Clean Well-Lighted Place For Defamation
(from TechCrunch). Operating on top of Facebook Unvarnished
"is an online resource for building, managing, and researching professional reputation, using community-contributed, professional reviews. To help reviewers be honest and candid in their reviews, Unvarnished obscures the identity of review authors. This lets reviewers share their true, nuanced opinions without fear of repercussions." [more inside]
posted by pianomover
on Apr 4, 2010 -
Gossip of the Sewing Circle
Profound cattiness from 1903. Learn to use such snarkily coded terms as embonpoint
in everyday conversation. Need to shame a beautiful rival who hasn't produced an heir for her much older husband? Describe her in The Newsaper of Record as owning "an extremely clever parrot." PDF, link from the NYT Archives.
posted by maryh
on Dec 2, 2007 -
Let the fur fly.
The New York Post's Page Six
is the latest pillar of the 'Forth' Estate
to take heavy damage from scandal. Like the Judy Miller fiasco of 2005, except with virtually zero ramifications upon things that actually matter, no one
looks good here. The tawdry gist: Billionaire Sleaze-Bag set up
Gossip Freelancer Sleaze-Bag -- who supposedly was offering to trade positive Page Six coverage for money. The Gossip Sleaze-Bag is probably screwed, but now the other wolves are going in for theirs
and (seeing a chance to rally, somewhat, around their own) it's the Billionaire Sleaze-Bag that they'd most like to get a piece of.
The part about this that makes it all a Robert-Downey-Jr-movie-waiting-to-happen is that the story broke on the eve of Page Six editor Richard Johnson's wedding
Ah, yes. That's the stuff.
posted by snortlebort
on Apr 10, 2006 -
NY Post Go$$ip Writer 4 $ale!
The New York Daily News is reporting that Jared Paul Stern, a prominent New York Post gossip writer, attempted to extort over $220,000 from a frequent target of the oh-so-classy Page Six column
in exchange for "protection" against "inaccurate and unflattering items." If we can't trust our gossip columnists, who can we trust? (via Fark
posted by UKnowForKids
on Apr 7, 2006 -
, of Gawker
fame, has a new site, Dealbreaker
, which bills itself as "an online business tabloid and Wall Street gossip blog." Content-free snark, with links to articles of interest to Wall Street fanboys? Oh, Elizabeth, you steal my heart. But, perhaps just mine.
posted by rush
on Mar 31, 2006 -
What Would Tyler Durden Do
is the latest home for Brendon, the one time head writer over at celebrity gossip sites thesuperficial.com & idontlikeyouinthatway.com (while his writing remains sharp & inventive, the domain names of the sites he writes for are getting longer & less original with each move). The usual content (updated several times daily) involves photographic embarassing invasions of celebrity privacy and absurdist writing
Oh, I almost forgot - for the undoubtedly small percentage of the reading audience interested in watching Colin Farrel have sex with a playboy playmate, a digital copy of the illegal tape stolen from Farrel's house is the lead post on wwtdd.com currently.
posted by jonson
on Jan 18, 2006 -
Prosecutor who attacked Kerry admits lying to boss
Liar, liar, pants on fire--"Clackamas County prosecutor Alfred French, who called Sen. John Kerry a liar in a political commercial, acknowledged Thursday that he lied to his boss when confronted about an extramarital affair with a colleague. ...
posted by Postroad
on Aug 27, 2004 -
MeFite boldly proclaims ties to big tobacco? WHO
is the person responsible for all the I/P threads? WHY
does everyone talk about pancakes? You won't find the answers to these questions in the alt.gossip.celebrities Blind Item Archive
, but you will find tons of gooey gossipy celebrity muck in which you may luxuriously wallow. It's good for the skin.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Jul 24, 2002 -
Bing, Bangs, Liz, Hugh...and Baby Too
Hollywood playboy Steve Bing doesn't want Liz Hurley's baby. Neither does Hugh Grant, although he'll be there for her. Divine Brown and Cannibal Sheila
are nowhere to be seen. Confused
? You will be, when you read this Sunday's episode of Soap. William Cash, an old friend of the mother-to-be, ungallantly spills the beans on an unholy transatlantic row.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Nov 11, 2001 -
A new national effort to reduce verbal violence and gossip. The goal is to promote the value and practice of ethical speech improving our democracy and building respect, honor and dignity.
posted by semmi
on Sep 8, 2001 -
reports on all of the fighting and mayhem between the bloggers as well as other Internet website craziness. It's a fun read.
posted by suprfli
on Sep 4, 2001 -
has its famous gossip site, replete with Fred Durst's phone number. But what happens when someone fakes a submission? This
does, apparently, and the tale comes complete with celebrity interview
. You gotta admit, though; she has nice
posted by Marquis
on Jul 9, 2001 -
Courtney Love vs. Buddyhead
This website has a gossip column in which they include the home/cell/work numbers and e-mail addresses of the likes of Fred Durst, Kevin Smith, and the aforementioned Courtney Love. The site bad mouths and harasses bands and celebs they dislike by giving away personal their personal info, while providing interviews and reviews on the bands they approve of. What does everyone make of this kind of unabashed harassment? I for one enjoy it.
posted by JFunk2800
on Mar 14, 2001 -
Breaking up is hard to do.
Far be it from me to encourage celebrity gossip, but Anne Heche, formerly one-half of the Famousest Lesbian Couple Ever, was found in a Martin Lawrence-like state, confused, addled, and ringing strangers' doorbells. Just a nice little "WTF?" item for your day.
posted by solistrato
on Aug 21, 2000 -