Whitney Houston‘s death it is now being revealed has according to the National Enquirer (yes the irony is too palpable) resulted in opportunistic behavior on behalf of certain celebrities. Case in point, co host of the View, Whoopi Goldberg who had strenuously gone out of her way on the show to tell viewers that she too had been the victim of foul play courtesy of the National Enquirer. But as it now turns out, it may well be that Whoopi made the whole story up to gain sympathy and traction.
National Enquirer: “Our paper NEVER ran a coffin pic of Whoopi’s estranged father, a preacher who died of cancer and AIDS, on our front page – OR ANY PAGE! ANYTIME! EVER!!
Further, extensive research reveals that NO open-casket photo of Whoopi’s father was ever published anywhere!”
Whitney Houston Whoopi Goldberg spin: Sympathy for the viewers?
Hmm, interesting. Never ever? No page, anytime? And yet there’s Whoopi Goldberg telling us otherwise. Of course what makes this even more hilarious is as much as the media has been publicly condemning the behavior of the National Enquirer (but silently loving it as a consequence in the spike in media traffic) the National Enquirer is now turning around and issuing its own complaints about what it perceives to be opportunistic behavior. What makes this perhaps more laughable is that to date hardly any media outlet has picked up the Enquirer’s gauntlet. But then again who wants to be seen defending a journal unanimously perceived to be skeezy, even if what they have to say this time may indeed have some merit.
Ultimately it may well be true that Whitney Houston has come and gone but the fracas and less than stellar behavior that surrounds her death still remains, which might not ultimately be a very healthy endorsement of the way media works. But really are we going to pretend we were all caught off guard…?
And finally this from the Enquirer: NOTE to “newswoman” Barbara Walters and ABC: Suggest you create a crack Research Dept. like ours at The ENQUIRER to fact-check defamatory accusations before irresponsible on-air staffers broadcast them.