Truth Rules

A blog for fans of Clay Aiken. It may take a while but in the end, truth will win out over lies. Keep it clean, no threats ... and if I don't like what you say I own the delete key.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Clay Aiken and the tabloid press

The tabloids have gone and done it again. Took a kernel of truth and created a fictionalized story around it.

Truth: There have been disagreements on the Clay Aiken fan club message board but not over what the NY Post reported.

You see, the fan club message board is PG-13. Twice in the past few weeks a moderator posted links to tabloid/gossip sites which is against the TOU (Terms of Use). She broke the rules everyone else is supposed to abide by. Now, if you've been to some of these sites you know a lot of the comments are nasty and vulgar. Not the place to be sending minors. The TOU specifically state no gossip is to be posted. So yes, quite a number of members were understandably disturbed and said so. The arguments had nothing to do with orientation. It was all about gossip and breaking the TOU.

Truth: The Clay Aiken fan club message board was shut down over the weekend but it's back up.

Truth: Someone with an agenda contacted the tabloids/gossip columns and put their own twist on what happened. The NY Post ran with it without checking facts - and the rest of the gossip mongers followed suit.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

TPTB were instructed by email to turn the message board back on Sat., June 9th, but conditions didn't permit that to be accomplished until Monday, June 11th, PDT.

Most all the stories I've read, leave the reader with the impression the message board is still shut down, which is erroneous. We wouldn't expect them to check their facts, now would we?

June 12, 2007 10:42 AM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

When did tabloids ever let facts get in the way of a sleazy salacious story.

June 12, 2007 11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When did tabloids ever let facts get in the way of a sleazy salacious story.

The sickest thing about todays media is that it isn't just tabloids. The so-called legitimate media does the same thing, and damn the consequences. Journelistic integrity is a joke now.

June 12, 2007 11:35 AM  
Anonymous always and forever loving clay aiken said...

Well, like Clay said, "If it's not dirty, they'll MAKE it dirty."

Somehow I'm not surprised; this is tabloid 'journalism' at its ugliest best. And I do mean 'best' because ugly, sadly, is the best that they can do.

Not just in regard to Clay, but in regard to all celebrities.

A lot of the reading public thrives on this type of crap. Says a lot about our society, doesn't it?

I followed the thread in question from the beginning; respectfully asked once for the link/article to be removed, respectfully asked once why it was alloed to stand since it was against the TOU, and never got a response.

That it was allowed to deteriorate into the melee' that it did is absolutely reprehensible.

That the 'press' did not check the information from their 'insider' is equally reprehensible.

June 12, 2007 12:34 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

I followed it from the beginning too. While I may have gotten a bit sarcastic once or twice I was just venting my frustration with the moderator not addressing the members concerns.

Reprehensible is a good word to describe abdicating your responsibility to maintain order and adherence to the TOU.

June 12, 2007 4:17 PM  
Blogger Oh Crap said...

I keep going back to James Shepard's BOI article when he wrote about JP's confession. Where the hell is the media when the actual truth comes out? It's very upsetting that nobody will take the liars to task. Are there any journalists who believe in getting their "tips" verified anymore?

I observed the thread in question and I was giving a lot of high fives to those who were rightfully pissed and saying so. Maybe someday things will turn around and tabloid "Lies" will be unacceptable. Gossip will always be around but it needs to be stamped as rumor/gossip and not published as though it's the truth without question.

Love your blog and thanks once again.

June 13, 2007 1:30 AM  
Blogger WRU said...

Wonder who would contact the tabloids?


Maybe Pickle?

I smell a gerkin!

June 16, 2007 10:18 PM  
Blogger Truth Rules said...

There's a rule on all the Clay Aiken message boards about not discussing other boards or posters. What this has done is allow those with nefarious intentions to get away with spreading lies about Clay in safety because no one can call them out and there has been no where any of us who care about him could gather and share what we knew about these people.

All that changed when Chexxxy started her board. You bet your ass we know who these liars and gossip mongers are. And you know what? They are scared silly now. So they are trying their damnedest to shift the focus onto Chexxxy to save their own hides.

Guess what - it is not going to work. The only rule at Chexxxy's is you damn well better respect Clay Aiken. Simple. You don't respect him, your out. You call him a liar, your out. That's what all these detractors have in common. And that's why they are so pissed off at Chexxxy. She will not tolerate their antics. If feeling the same way makes me a follower tough. Get used to it, because the silent majority is tired of being silent, tired of the disrespect towards Clay and tired of the lies being spread around by a certain few. And yes, you can bet your ass we know who you are.

June 18, 2007 7:55 AM  

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