Remember when I questioned the rumor in December about Kate Gosselin getting a reality TV dating show in 2010? It came from the New York Daily News, which laid it off on popeater.com. as the source of the story. Kate getting the dating show was all over the Web, remember? So, where's the show?
We have a similar rumor Friday from the celebrity gossip mongers who are willing to print items planted by publicists or just make stories up out of thin air for page views on slow days. They disguise the game by using anonymous and unnamed sources as if this was Watergate.
The rumor: Jon Gosselin will let TLC film his kids again if the Silver-Spring-based cable channel will drop its suit against Jon. This one comes from RadarOnline, the outfit that gave us the infamous Octomom tapes last fall. Remember that? Oh, and guess who else printed it? The New York Daily News Web site, again totally laying it off on the celebrity gossip Web site.
Look, I have written innumerable times about my fear that Jon Gosslein is going to buckle under to the pressure from TLC and let them put his kids back on TV again. I think that would be a sad state of affairs. But since the time TLC filed suit last year, the possibility of Jon relenting has been a regular topic of discussion on this site.
So, it will not shock me if Jon Gosselin does cave in. But if there has been some definite decision, movement or offer made on that front, why is it all so vague and attributed only to anonymous sources at RadarOnline? Why can't the source of the information be named? Why won't anyone whose reliablity can be judged put their name to it?
Again, no one here will be surprised if the notoriously weak Jon Gosselin caves. But let's wait until we have a reliable and reputable report of that with named sources who are willing to go on the record. Maybe that is too much to ask in the world of celebrity gossoip, but let's at least try.