The Art Of The Celebrity Retraction

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Occasionally we get it wrong. Sorry Madonna, Katy Perry & Brad Pitt.

There has been a rash of wrong stories lately in the gossip game and it, frankly, sickens us. We've come to understand that the most important thing for a gossip monger is to get it right and not to entertain or titillate (heh). The blogosphere has a responsibility to take its time, gather the 411 (that's what the kids are calling information), fact-check, nail the syntax and grammar and put out Pulitzer-quality posts up to a dozen times per day.

That's why the celeb snark industry is just beside itself this week for really letting you, the reader, down this week.

First of all, we really blew it on the Madonna - Guy Ritchie settlement thing. Sorry. We, foolishly, bought into Madonna's representative, Liz Rosenberg, having the authority and facts in place to believe that Guy Ritchie was going to catch £50 – 60 million on the divorce tip. We, the bloggers, should have agreed, nay insisted, on hearing from the Guy Ritchie camp before pressing publish on such a large and impersonal number. Mea culpas, all the way around. Fool us once, Madonna's spokesperson, shame on us, fool us twice, double shame on us. Kate Perry is, self-reportedly, not engaged to marry the very cool Travis McCoy from Gym Glass Heroes. Though he's got a sweet gunfighter's name, he is not slinging diamond forever rocks at anyone yet. AceShowBiz is reporting that Katy Perry refuted these engagement reports via her blog (stars are just like us). She threw in the old, chiding chestnut, "You should fact check with the source before you spread world wide news like that." Crap, she's got us on that point, girls. Though MTV.com (yeah, they have a website, it's nice) does report that Katy Perry has been rocking a diamond promise ring, so if you we beg for mercy we might get it. We should know the difference and know that even if you're not a clean-living tween, you can still wear a promise ring. Sorry.

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