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The Price Of...Not So Much Fame

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With tabloid journalism often going for the least common denominator and reguarly attempting to connect dots where dots aren't available to be connected -- it's amazing something like this hasn't happened already.

Cue Shane Nickerson, a regular 'ol Los Angeles local who happens to be a Producer for an unnamed reality show starring an unnamed A-list actress. Seems that when Nickerson got up to answer the door on Mother's Day, a certain tabloid magazine was on the other side with a grainy picture of Shane and Cameron Diaz -- desperate to get a quote about their so-called relationship.

Nickerson, of course, known for his blog and his involvement in LA's improv community, planned on keeping this "lack of news" on the down low until articles like these and these started popping up.

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From there, the domino effect continued as the National Enquirer began using the all-seeing Google to accost even more of Nickerson's friends in an attempt to get the quote they needed to destroy the lives of anyone they could -- all for a story about one non-cheating Ms. Diaz and a blurry picture that represented absolutely nothing in the way of anything.

Yet, sadly -- in a world where gossip rules, today's lesson speaks volumes about so-called "journalists" and their desperate attempts at getting the gossip first...and harming innocent people's reputations in the process.

LAist says "Boooooooo!"