Anyone who doubts the wisdom of our extensive against-the-grain coverage of the untimely death of Las Vegas superstar Danny Gans and its aftermath, take note: the biggest names in the gossip and entertainment industry keep a close eye on Tabloid Baby, and are not shy about following our lead.
Case in point: our report yesterday that a collectors' website is selling what it purports to be a lock of Farrah Fawcett's hair. We got the tip from one of our readers. We posted it yesterday at 5:26 pm.
This morning, as our report caused a new fury among Farrahphiles, our pals at RadarOnline.com stole the story, labelled it "exclusive" and ran it without attribution (meaning they didn't credit us) at 10:55 am Pacific time.
The Radar writer even came perilously close to plagiarizing our report!
"An online celebrity sales site is offering what is purported to be a lock of Farrah Fawcett's hair...for one thousand dollars."
"Online celebrity sales site www.hunkwithjunk.com is offering what it purports to be a lock of Farrah’s famous golden hair -- for one thousand dollars."
Radar's steal was followed by our furry friend Perez Hilton, who unapologetically ran his own version of the purloined story at 12:30 pm-- with a link to Radar!
And the world followed suit. Just click here to see that lots of "mainstream" outlets-- including the LA Times phony alternative "Brand X" site-- are running the story, credited to Radar.
Coincidence? First off, the word "purported" gives it away. Second, that hair's been on sale since June 28th, 2009-- three days after Farrah's death. It's not like it popped up online yesterday. Someone happened to point it out to us and we followed up.
Now we don't mind if the big financed organizations lift our copy. We do think a tip of the hat would be in order. Perez? He oughta know better. And Radar, as part of the National Enquirer family should know what it's like to carry the water for the mainstream media, doing their dirty work so they can get the credit. That's what we'd expect from a corporate porn-pushing gossip site.
Better yet, go after the Danny Gans story.