Entertainment news source TMZ is facing backlash over how they covered the tragic helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and 8 others.
News10.net says that people (including the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department) are outraged that TMZ was “breaking” the news about the helicopter crash before law enforcement had the and opportunity to notify the victim’s families. The families could have found out the tragic news about their loved ones from social media. Over 500,000 people have signed a petition to cancel TMZ!
You can see the petition HERE
And here’s an update that was posted on the petition’s website:
Update: Thursday January 30th. TMZ’s founder Harvey Levin said that he was in communication with Kobe Bryant’s representatives before publishing the story. However, he acknowledges that the families of other victims could have found out from TMZ’s reporting or social media, which happened more than four hours before the official announcement was made. All families deserve the respect of being notified by the police, not tabloid news.
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