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03/26/08

Q:  Do you regard Perez Hilton, TMZ and other celebrity blogs as rivals?

A:  Richard Johnson, editor of New York Post's Page Six column:
"I think they're more like parasites. A lot of them don't generate their own news stories. Some of them have been sued for publishing things they don't have the rights to publish. Mostly, they're just parasites." ... But, while interest in celebrities is increasing, PageSix.com was folded recently because "we were about two years too late" on the Internet.

A:  Bonnie Fuller, editorial director of American Media: "What I've seen so far is that the intense interest in celebrity news online is making people more interested in coming to the magazine each week. That's where they get the definitive story." The magazine "always has more than what you can get online. We're always breaking stories."

From "The Britney Show," a news forum co-sponsored by New York University and The Atlantic magazine.


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