So you have actress Brittany Murphy dying at the ripe old age of 32, and you know a media feeding frenzy will follow like night follows the day.
But who’s following whom in the news media is the major sidebar to this sad-for-whatever-reason death.
Celebrity Web site TMZ is reporting there were “large amounts of prescription medications” on the nightstand when paramedics arrived at her Hollywood home, and that Murphy was “complaining of shortness of breath and severe abdominal pain” in the week before she died.
Time was, an outfit like TMZ would rely on, oh, CBS for its material.
Exhibit B: Xerox journalism from the Boston Herald. To wit:
Murphy had been complaining of shortness of breath and severe abdominal pain for 7 to 10 days before her death, TMZ reported. The Web site said there was “a significant amount of vomit” in the bathroom area where she died.
Not to get personal about it, but Xerox journalism gives me severe abdominal pain.