Yesterday I blogged on how the celebrity gossip machine was yet again misrepresenting a statement made by Kristen Stewart in a The Daily Beast/Newsweek interview by interpreting it as an apology to the public about her “cheating scandal”. And as I predicted yesterday, hundreds of outlets have picked up the story by merely copying what was originally posted yesterday on Entertainmentwise.com and regurgitating it back into cyberspace.
That is what the state of journalism is fast becoming: a lazy, tabloid feed, cut and paste profession that is more concerned with webhits than journalistic integrity, with advertising dollars more than with accuracy. This is what the original source of the interview, The Daily Beast/ Newsweek, said about Kristen’s statement:
The Mad One
Dec 17, 2012 12:00 AM EST
Kristen Stewart goes on the road with Kerouac. By Marlow Stern.
“It’s not a terrible thing if you’re either loved or hated,” says Kristen Stewart, seated in a cozy little bistro on the outskirts of the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz, far removed from even the most penetrating telephoto lenses. “But honestly,” she continues, “I don’t care ’cause it doesn’t keep me from doing my shit. And I apologize to everyone for making them so angry. It was not my intention.”
So says the most vilified—and highest-paid—actress in all the land. Her role earlier this year as a sword-wielding firebrand in Snow White and the Huntsman, a sinister re-imagining of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, was quite apropos, given that the 22-year-old starlet is, in many ways, the tabloid media’s Joan of Arc. Her refusal to kowtow to the celebrity-industrial complex, whether through her steely-eyed gaze on the red carpet or nervous fidgeting during televised interviews, is seen by many as an entitled A-lister putting on airs.”
Rebecca Merriman of Entertainmentwise.com immediately and intentionally misinterpreted Kristen’s statement as an apology for the cheating scandal, sensationalizing her misinterpretation with the following headline and story:
Kristen Stewart On Robert Pattinson Cheating: ‘It Wasn’t My Intention To Get Everyone Angry’
Actress claims she doesn’t care if she’s hated following fling with Rupert Sanders
Entertainmentwise.com by Rebecca Merriman
Kristen Stewart hasn’t exactly been open about her recent cheating scandal, where she was caught kissing 41 year-old married director Rupert Sanders, but now the actress has finally spoken about the biggest scandal of the summer claiming she had “no intention of making everyone so angry”.
The 22 year-old was the most hated woman in Hollywood when photos of her kissing the director of Snow White and The Huntsman were published in July when she was still meant to be dating boyfriend and on screen ‘Twilight’ lover Robert Pattinson. Referring to the incident, Kristen admitted she didn’t know why people still went on about it.
“I apologize to everyone for making them so angry. It was not my intention,” she told the Daily Beast.
Ever since the so-called “cheating scandal” began in late July, the tabloid press including mainline media outlets have been trying to interpret virtually everything she and Robert Pattinson have said to be a comment on the “cheating scandal”. This is no accident. These headlines and misquotes get webhits. And casual readers are duped into accepting accept them as the truth.
Yesterday it was entertainmentwise.com, Hollywood Life, Gather, and Huffington Post. If you look at any of these stories you can clearly see how they were cut and pasted together without nary an independent thought or review.
And since, many many more have followed like E!online, zap2it, People magazine, The New York Post, and Entertainment Weekly. The Examiner even went so far to suggest that she “admitted” the affair in her interview.
Only Christie D’Zurilla of the LA Times had the nerve to buck the trend with the following article:
Kristen Stewart sorry for making people ‘so angry,’ she says
December 19, 2012, 11:15 a.m.
Kristen Stewart is still sorry, folks. In a sweeping, general, you-still-don’t-own-me sort of way.
“I apologize to everyone for making them so angry,” the actress told Newsweek, presumably referring to her “indiscretion” with married director Rupert Sanders back in July, which rattled her relationship with Robert Pattinson and sent shock waves through the “Twilight” fan community.
“It was not my intention.”
What her intention was is not made clear in the interview, published Monday, though we assume it was something along the all-I-wanna-do-is-have-some-fun spectrum — something not unheard of for a woman in her early 20s.
At least Ms. D’Zurilla is willing to admit that she was only assuming that was what Kristen was talking about. And it didn’t stop the LA Times from saying that Kristen was talking about the affair in yet another web post by Susan Demley.
And I suspect that this is going to get worse before it gets better. Kristen Stewart sells like no other. And the Celebrity Gossip Machine is going to lie, misrepresent, and make fools of the public for as long as the public lets them. The only way to avoid that is to read everything with a jaundiced eye. And hope to hell that you never have the bad fortune to have The Celebrity Gossip Machine train its sights on you.
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