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Justin Bieber Hoses GossipCop, ABC News, TMZ on Private Plane Folly

Justin Bieber farted and a slew of web sites said it smell like roses. That’s an apt analogy for Bieber’s claim that he bought a high-priced Gulfstream G650 private jet for a Christmas present. But like Bieber’s farts, it stinks to high heaven. But that didn’t stop a slew of gossip sites from People magazine to ABC News, Fox News, GossipCop, TMZ and dozen of lesser sites from reporting it as fact. An TheImproper investigation, however, flushed that crap right out of the news cycle. This site reported two days ago that Bieber did not own a jet. We did what every other news site should have done–checked with Federal Aviation Administration....

Heidi Klum Ads Too Sinful For Sin City: See the Ads Las Vegas Banned!

Heidi Klum semi-naked ads for Sharper Image, the high-end luxury goods retailer, have been banned in Las Vegas for violating an ordinance that prohibits public nudity in advertisements, even though the ads have appeared in other cities. The regulation prohibits any image “showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering or any portion thereof below the nipple,” according to the statute. The ordinance came to light after McCarren International Airport, which serves Las Vegas, refused to allow the ads to be displayed....

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Follows Amy Poehler; See Her Old Navy Ad! (video)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus cooks the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner in her first commercial for Old Navy. She replaces Amy Poehler who schilled for the fashion brand starting with last year’s holiday season. Louis-Dreyfus, 53, is currently starring in the HBO television comedy series, “VEEP.” Poehler who currently stars as Leslie Knope in the sitcom "Parks and Recreation," helped Old Navy boost its online presence with her videos, which were formatted like comedy skits. ...

Artists Cash in (Sell Out?) at American Music Awards in Auto Ads (video)

Eminem, Fergie and Gwen Stefani may have been out of the running at the American Music Awards, but they cashed in where it counts, in the flood of commercials that appeared during the show for such brands as Chrysler, Jeep and Fiat. Of course, there was a time when music artists wouldn’t be caught dead selling out to “the man,” much less allowing their music to be used to sell Chevys. But times have changed. Artists for years now have been pushing themselves as brands. They are cashing in on commercial endorsements wherever they can find them to bolster revenues from declining record sales....

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart Negative Role Models in Anti-Cig Ad

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and other celebrities are being portrayed as negative role models in a new anti-smoking campaign aimed at discouraging teens from taking up the habit, which is known to cause cancer and other debilitating diseases. The campaign also singles out Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Orlando Bloom, supermodel Kate Moss, singer Chris Brown and a slew of other celebrities. It calls them “unpaid tobacco spokespersons.” ...

John Oliver Exposes Media’s Dirty Secret: Now Disguising Ads as News

John Oliver has no qualms about exposing one of the media's dirty little secrets; how it's increasingly disguising advertising as news. The problem has only gotten worse with the rise of the Internet and it's a race to the bottom. He critices everyone, especially BuzzFeed founder and Chief Executive Jonah Peretti and Time Inc. Chief Executive Joe Ripp....

‘Game of Thrones’ Incest Blamed on Gays by Conservative Activist, WTF?

“Game of Thrones” depicts a fantasy world where life was nasty, brutish and short. But a conservative activist claimed today (July 24) a direct connection between the show’s incest scenes and today’s permissive attitudes about homosexuality. Media Matters For America, a non-profit progressive research and information group, condemned the attack. The group is calling attention to an article written by noted homophobic activist Michael Brown. He warns of looming “sexual anarchy” and the “normalization of incest.”...

George Clooney Slams UK Tabloid for Putting Bulls Eye on Amal’s Back

George Clooney rarely lashes out about all the crap tabloids publish about his personal life, but when it comes to religion, the Middle East and his new fiancé Amal Alamuddin, he’s drawing the line. Clooney bitch slapped London’s Daily Mail today (July 9) for publishing a story claiming his future mother-in-law opposes his marriage on religious grounds. Oddly, Clooney chose to respond, not on Twitter or Instagram like young Hollywood hipsters, but the old-fashioned way–with a column in USA Today. ...

GossipCop, Other Gossip News Sites Hammered by New Google Update

Google, which controls more than 70 percent of the search market, revised its search algorithm, known as Panda, this week and hammered gossip sites among other web outlets in a bid to control “spam.” Among sites that are seeing significant declines in organic search rankings are GossipCop, StarPulse and The Examiner. Changes to the algorithm, which determines where content appears in search results, have been highly controversial....