Around the Net Gets Tip Of The Hat From 'The New York Times', once derided by some (many?) as a sleazy gossip Web site, has officially earned the respect of The New York Times. Following a series of major scoops -- from audio of Donald Sterling’ racist remarks to video of Ray Rice’s domestic violence -- the paper of record concedes that TMZ’s “reporting is having an impact.” NYTimes then puts that impact in historical context. “Tabloids have always trafficked in gossip and scandal-mongering,” it writes. “The idea was never just to titillate, though; it was, at least in part, to hold the rich and powerful accountable.”

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