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A Dirty Game Played: Inside Celebrity Blackmail

17 Jan

Fans think celebrities have everything and maybe they do.  Everything that makes them a potential target for extortion and blackmail.  Click here for legal definitions.

For celebrities, the cost of preserving  one’s image and privacy is worth giving in to the blackmailer’s demands.

Many celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Paris Hilton and Bill Cosby have been victims of blackmail.  Other victims have included politicians and athletes.

According to celebrity publicist, Michael Levine, the problem has worsened over the last ten years due to the internet which allows for the immediate transfers of photos, videos and texts.  The issue has also worsened because of the insatiable public and media appetite for their “Hollywood Obsessions”.

The public rarely hears about these blackmail situations because of copycatting possibilities and also bringing it to the forefront would draw out information the victim does not want to be made public.

In the end, it may be in the best interest of the victim to beat the blackmailer to the punch.  Everyone makes mistakes.  We’re all human.  Lives go on.  Sometimes its better to tell the truth in any way that is possible then to  continue to live with lies.

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Works Referenced

http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=3354065&page=1

 

 

 

 

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Chopper Down: Does Journalistic Integrity Exists In Today’s Media?

5 Feb

Recently, Brian Williams an anchor for NBC News, apologized on air for lying about being in a helicopter that was forced down after being shot at in Iraq during a 2003 assignment.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/rieder/2015/02/05/brian-williams-unmitigated-disaster/22915325/

I came across an appearance that Brian made on David Lettermen in 2014.  He talks about Chris Christie, the bridge shutting down, perjury and Bridget Ann Kelly.

Viewing this appearance, how does this affect Brian’s situation and what are some positive ways that all media personnel can proceed to make journalistic integrity trustworthy again?

Hollywood Spin-Doctor: Part-1

9 Jan

By: Open Book

It’s been proven that in 2010 public interest in celebrity scandal was at an all time high. So much so that celebrities were getting more attention than regular news stories. Here are the major culprits leading the way in celebrity coverage in 2010.  According to a recent national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, cables news stations cover 54%, network news 27%, Internet news 15%, Newspapers 8% and Radio 4%.[1] Continue reading