More than one reader has pointed out the irony that TabloidBaby.com is alone in seeking answers in the unexplained death of Las Vegas headliner Danny Gans, while the Las Vegas news media, from its television news teams to its Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers have done little more than seek eulogies from the likes of Carrot Top and George Wallace while ignoring the questions swirling around the tragedy, including rumours that range from speculation that steroid abuse may have contributed to Gans' untimely passing, to the conspiracy theory that the "death in bed" story was concocted to cover up a fatal DUI accident.
Did we say “Pulitzer Prize-winning?” Yes, remember that only last month the Las Vegas Sun was awarded a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for public service-- but only after Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler arbitrarily rejected TabloidBaby.com’s Pulitzer nomination (without letting the Pulitzer board see it), claiming that this international news organization did not qualify as an Internet news site "primarily dedicated to original news reporting and coverage of ongoing stories."
Sig Gissler's obvious prejudice and elitism notwithstanding, subsequent events would indicate that the Pulitzer’s announcement that Internet news organizations would be eligible for the Prize was a sham. Sig Gissler himself let it slip that the awards were made to prop up the dying newspaper industry when he said, "These are tough times for America's newspapers, but amid the gloomy talk, the newspaper winners and the finalists are heartening examples of the high-quality journalism that can be found in all parts of the United States... The watchdog still barks, and the watchdog still bites."
Well, while TabloidBaby.com continues its decade-long tradition of leading the pack-- on a daily basis-- in the coverage of compelling, important stories, the oldstream media is showing just why the gloom has settled in. In Las Vegas, the watchdog isn’t even sniffing around the biggest story in years.
As for Sig Gissler, he was barking up the wrong tree.
And he can bite this. Ha!