TMZ was first — again. Will its word alone ever be good enough for traditional media?
To almost no one’s surprise, the first media outlet to break the shocking news about Prince’s death on Thursday was TMZ.com, the gossip website that has landed numerous celebrity-related scoops. Yet even though TMZ had the story before anyone else — it posted the news around 12:50 p.m. Eastern time — other news organizations delayed reporting it. It wasn’t until the Associated Press confirmed the legendary musician’s death...