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Dish: The Inside Story On The World Of Gossip Became the News and How the News Became Just Another Show by [Jeannette Walls]
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From Kirkus Reviews

A cable TV gossip spills the beans about a lot, if not all, the tricks of her feline trade and, naturally, delivers plenty of old and new dirt along with it. Clever reporter Walls fuses the story of tawdry practices by the personality industry with some prime gossip. The Hollywood flaks, the tabloid snoops, the retailers of the lubricious detritus of the news, and the researchers of the wanton behavior of famous folk are investigated in this study of an especially lively branch of journalism. Walls's study, perforce, often includes titillating tales of celebs and those who celebrate them. The sexual proclivities of Matt Drudge, Mike Wallace's acne scars, and Tina Brown's healthy bosom are all looked into in a text that sort of frowns on the excesses of commercial voyeurism. It's an old- fashioned sideshow, high-spirited, mean-spirited, and plenty of guilty fun. Harking back to Walter Winchell, Hedda Hopper, and Louella Parsons, Wallss report on the tattle-tale industry includes the scoop on People, The Enquirer, Confidential, 60 Minutes, and the inevitable infection of the mainstream press. Players include all the old favorites: Liz Taylor, Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson, the Donald, O.J., and, of course, the late Princess Di, the late Marilyn, and the late (discounting hearsay) Elvis, among others. Roy Cohn appears throughout, as do various Kennedys. Only Fatty Arbuckle seems to be neglected. Among the less surprising revelations: Checkbook journalism is widely practiced, even by the most respected newsfolk; people known for being famous use the press for their own purposes; celebrities hire private eyes to nail enemies; wayward stars aren't capable of remorse (only anger). Shocking Revelations! Surprising Buzz About Media Buzzards! Here is a Janus-faced muckraker, one side telling how ink is spilled on keyhole revelations, the other offering some fun in a naughty mudbath. Snoopy scatoscopy at its juiciest. -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Love it or hate it, create it or repeat it, America is obsessed with gossip. Here is a fascinating look at five decades of dish: a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the personalities that control what we read and see; the unholy and unchanging trinity of celebrity, publicist and reporter that has stoked the American appetite for gossip from the salad days of silver-screen magazines to the instantaneous communication of the scoop-filled Internet.

Insider Jeannette Walls delivers a tantalizing tell-all that features not only gossip itself, but its history, its movers and shakers (including quite a few tony Ivy Leaguers), high and low points, and the watershed events and personalities--like Elvis, Diana, Michael Jackson and O. J.--that altered it forever. Here is the famous formula for People, the astonishing magazine that began amid sneers and snipes but went on to become one of the publishing industry's greatest success stories. Here too is the incredible truth behind explosive material that didn't see the light of day.

From the humble beginnings of the National Enquirer, aided by the avuncular beneficence of crime kingpin Joe Costello, to the lurid Hollywood trial of Confidential magazine, where the "libeled" stars were proved more guilty than not of the salacious episodes the publication revealed, Jeannette Walls expertly traces the formation and development of the hush-hush industry. She shows us that tabloid TV shows are nothing new: they were preceded in the Fifties by the wildly successful Night Beat, hosted by none other than Mike Wallace, who turned the show into a forum for sex and scandal with his relentless prying and probing into the lives of celebrated figures.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • File Size : 2398 KB
  • Publication Date : November 16, 2010
  • Print Length : 388 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : William Morrow; Perennial ed. Edition (November 16, 2010)
  • ASIN : B0049B22ZM
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 59 ratings