Drfunkenberry Goes After TMZ

TMZ's Harvey Levin.  Photo: TMZ.com

TMZ's Harvey Levin. Photo: TMZ.com

I am little peeved when I look at TMZ and I see 2 stories on their front page that were here 1st. One of them the Michael Jackson song not being original and then the 2nd being the Obama poll of if he really deserved the Nobel Peace Prize.

Here is my This Is It  story posted at 1:01 Eastern Time this morning

Here is TMZ’s This Is It story posted 1:58 Eastern Time this afternoon, a full 12 hours later. They were able to talk to Paul Anka, who I did advise wrote the song with Michael, but, let’s be real, TMZ is more connected then me. But to say they were first with the story is straight douchey.

Here is my Obama poll, posted at 10:54 P.M. last night.

Here is TMZ’s Obama poll, posted at 11:55 A.M. today.

The reason I bring up the Obama poll with the Michael Jackson story is that they were right after each other, kind of like you went to someone’s site and read it there and said, hey that’s a good idea, let’s take it but add to it and call it our exclusive. Same material ends up on each other’s site but don’t claim something as an exclusive if it is not is all.

Straight up, I have sent news items to TMZ several times to either never get credited or the story not used. I did not send the MJ story in because of that.

I am not asking for much but to be listed on the blog roll of the web site. The raiders fan page is on TMZ’s blog roll for crying out loud.

TMZ, Harvey, whoever, I always credit you on sources, and stop being like cabbage-head Perez Hitler Hilton and swiping stories and not giving credit because the site is not as big as yours.

It’s lame. A little integrity never hurt anyone.  I hope you do the right thing. You have gotten Anka’s side on the story but don’t act like you posted the songs first.

Sorry everyone, but if you are getting pissed on and no one sees, you have to let people know. I put hours and hours into this web site pushing to break into the mainstream, working my bootay off, only to have someone snatch the work I put into it.-Dr.FB



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  • 2Serenity
    Posted at 13:24h, 13 October

    I rarely read TMZ but I do read your blog. I had no idea that TMZ would go that low. That’s why I’m glad you have your blog to protect your back. If there is a way for us readers to help you vouch for your credibility please let us know. I definitely am in your corner.

  • justmemuchlove
    Posted at 07:54h, 13 October

    Go Doc go go. What TMZ (rolleyes) is doing aint right!!
    You work too hard on this site to let things like this happen so.. GO. 😉

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  • nancyb
    Posted at 21:07h, 12 October

    Keep up the good work Doc. It WILL pay off in the end!

  • Phin
    Posted at 20:36h, 12 October

    *unsubscibes from TMZ RSS feed in protest*

  • Controversy12
    Posted at 20:31h, 12 October

    You don’t have to apologize Doc… It’s good to vent and get this out. Keep up the good work … this site is and as long as you are around will always be my first choice for “accurate” entertainment news.

  • kenni
    Posted at 19:57h, 12 October

    Doc.F I don’t like this one bit and if there is anything I could do I certainly would…this is so distasteful in TMZ. Imo, there r some folks working 4 Harvey that are becoming increasingly intimidated by ur website. Doc. your hard work and dedication is paying off everytime u bring us the news and updates….ur fansbase/website is definitely speeding. Pls. don’t get discouraged, just keep doing what you do better than the rest….bringing the love, the news and everything in between. We love our doc.

  • melissa
    Posted at 19:51h, 12 October

    so not fair & shady. sorry, doc.

  • Steven Anthony
    Posted at 19:44h, 12 October

    I occasionally use your stories but I always give you credit Doc! Keep up the hard work, we all appreciate it!

  • Jeremy
    Posted at 19:41h, 12 October

    To quote Tobin Bell in Saw V

    “They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But I find it somewhat… distasteful.”

  • lori
    Posted at 19:36h, 12 October

    oops forgot to check the notification box – hee hee

  • lori
    Posted at 19:35h, 12 October

    hello doc. just wanted you to know that i went to the tmz story on michael and that song and not only registered my opinion on the story itself but made it very clear to everyone reading that YOU scooped this story first!!!!!! 😀 (and i commented here instead of facebook! lol)

  • TMZ Logic
    Posted at 19:29h, 12 October

    Doc, TMZ DOES know who you are.

    They have 2 people who work for TMZ that check your site for news. That I can tell you for FACT!

    There is a lil hate coming from them towards you though, so if you are sending in news items, it may be ending up in their hands and making sure it is either bypassed or not credited.

    You were right in posting this and hoping Harvey sees this or someone tells him about it. I think a blog roll for you is nothing too big for them. Crediting you as a source will take time.

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