July 21, 2004

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Sorry, but the top of the page was getting text heavy, and it's been a while since we had any Lohanboobies for our faithful defamer visitors.

Anyway, over at Romenesko I've raised an important question for the journalistic community: What really happened at the Linda Ronstadt concert?

You can go check out that page for all the embedded links, but here's the text-only version:

With its ripeness for humor and political fulminating, the mini-riot story has all the earmarks of "too good to check." As near as I can tell, the widespread accounts of boos, drinks thrown, posters torn and/or defaced can all be traced back to a single source: an AP article that quotes only Aladdin President Bill Timmins (it's unclear if the AP writer saw the mayhem or is merely reporting Timmins' version; a Las Vegas Sun report from the same show incorporates the AP's reporting, but the Sun writer himself seemed to notice only "equal parts boos and cheers"). Ronstadt says she was unaware of any trouble and was not thrown out. No audience members have been quoted in the mainstream press, but -- don't tell Alex Jones! -- one has reached out to a blog (may need to scroll down) to say that "Bill Timmins' account of what happened is complete crap."

Will some Vegas reporter get to the bottom of this? Admittedly, it's not as important as executing six handcuffed prisoners, but I'm pretty sure there's something in the Geneva Conventions about Linda Ronstadt concerts.

Posted by Daniel Radosh

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