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Monday, March 14, 2005

Shocker: Page Six rips off gossip items without credit

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If we could find Minnesota on a map, we’d be able to tell you with more certainty that it’s way far away from New York. And what happens when you’re geographically separated from, say, civilization? You lose touch with (invented) reality.

That holds true for said state’s media as well, with Minneapolis Star Tribune gossipist C.J. penning a column to exemplify how completely unaware she is of the very business she pretends to be a part of. It all started when Page Six ripped off a non-item about Last Comic Standing‘s Jay Mohr. So upset, she fired off a letter to Richard Johnson:

“Is there no honor among gossip columnists?” I asked.

The allusion to honor among thieves was apt, based on Johnson’s response. “Hi, it’s Richard Johnson at the New York Post. I got your letter, and I wanted to apologize. We should have credited you. It was an oversight, and I’ll make it up to you if you send me something else that I can pick up. Thanks a lot.”

Pretending for the moment that Johnson stole my car instead of my column, let me see if I get this.

I stole your car, and I want to apologize. If you’ll give me another chance, I’ll tell everybody I’m driving your car the next time you point it out to me. But I’ll do this without telling anybody I previously swiped your wheels.

Hmm. That doesn’t quite work for my car … or my column, which — Richard should know — is printed in a newspaper wearing a copyright.

We’d be satisfied with Richard Johnson actually apologizing – and flattered that he too can find the Star Tribune, if not on a map then on a website.

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