CBS severs relationship with Shira Lazar over Steve Jobs death tweet

“ has severed its relationship with the host of a web show who sent out an erroneous Tweet yesterday saying that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had died,” Marisa Guthrie reports for The Hollywood Reporter.

“The offending Tweet was sent from the Twitter account of What’s Trending, a web series independently produced by Disrupt Group and anchored by Disrupt co-founder Shira Lazar,” Guthrie reports. “Although her original Tweet was quickly deleted, it spread instantly through the blogosphere. And with embarrassing headlines attributing the blunder to CBS, the damage had been done. CBS News executives moved quickly on Friday to oust Lazar and What’s Trending from its web site, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Executives informed CBS Interactive to remove from all material related to Lazar and What’s Trending.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. Well, most Fox News Channel shows pioneered the “dumb shit blogging at its finest” technique. And their television shows pioneer the “dumb shit pundit/fake news anchor host technique.

    1. Well – on reading the full story, it seems that the attribution of the incorrect story was laid at CBS’s feet by others, since CBS hosts the show. In spite of the fact that:

      “But the show and Lazar had no newsgathering partnership with CBS News. In fact, the following disclaimer ran after each show: “The What’s Trending show is produced by Shira Lazar Productions and the Disrupt Group, who are solely responsible for the content, opinions and viewpoints.””

      So they should be getting apologies from other organizations that attributed the info to CBS – if indeed CBS did not repeat the “news”. They should be demanding retractions from anyone who attributed it to CBS. The tweeters were jerks, but heck, some time ago the Wall Street Journal (I believe it was them) printed up Jobs’ obituary.

      1. Disclaimers mean nothing to anyone but lawyers. If CBS was willing to form a partnership with someone outside their control or with dubious credibility, then it’s on them if these people report false information.

        This should be a warning to ‘legit’ media not to get to tangled up in the blogosphere.

    2. You are welcome to your opinion, but what is you point in tossing it into this story about tweets and CBS? It’s a non-sequitur. Your hatred is apparently causing you to behave irrationally.

  2. Gray Powell you political HACK. MSNBC is 10 times worse. The absolut idiots on that station. Typical liberals, their shit doesn’t stink, and they are smart by a half.

    Hey Gary, if you don’t like my politics, are you going to kick the shit out of my car? I had a Norm Colman sticker on my car and I was parked by the Wellstone funeral years back and my car and 5 others were trash by your little “children of the left” It still pisses me off you idiot liberals can have all your bumper stick shit all over your cars “Vomiting” your looney politics and when someone doesn’t agree with your 14 year old politics of emotion, you destroy other peoples stuff. You liberals are a bunch of emotional little girls.

    1. Ted:
      Judging from your rambling post- your car was probably not vandalized because you are a redneck-red-state- right wing uneducated nutjob. That is unfortunately common. It is called being a “tea-partier/bagger”-. Your confederate pick up truck was probably vandalized because you are an angry dick. That, I can understand.

      P.S. There is nothing wrong or “elitist” about being educated.

      1. Precious. Yet another hypocritical Left wing Lib Dem. Can’t leave your hate mongering for even a second. That’s why the left lost Congress (despite your imagined intellectual superiority) and that’s the attitude that’ll cost Obama the White House.

        Keep it up, please!

        1. What? If Obama loses the White House it’ll be because he didn’t do half the changes he promised he would out of fear! Obama’s greatest flaw is having become a center president instead of the needed left one!

      2. Can’t we all just get along?

        Especially on this day, 9/11.

        Stop the hate.
        Stop the division.
        When we hate each other, our enemies win.

        Stop pledging allegiance to the Democratic or Republican Party. Political parties exist only to divide us.

        Start being Americans. Especially today.

        Remember that.

        1. “Start being American”? You were making good sense until you made that statement.

          1. The word American applies to the continents of North America and South America and the bit in the middle called Central America. You mean ‘Start being a Yankee’

          2. Yankees don’t even know who their enemies are. It is themselves and their arrogant attitude that they speak for the entire world.

          3. You are right that party politics divide us and even more, nationalism is destroying the world. Start loving the world more than your nation.

          4. Start being a world citizen.

        2. robert please pack and and leave the USA. u thankless twit. On this 10year anniversary of terrorism when thousands of americans died, and the thousands of servicemen that have given so much in this war on terrorism. U live and prosper under the seurity this country provides. I’ll bet u use your little dribble above to rationalize not paying taxes too.

          I’ve travelled the world, and trust me, when you say american anywhere in the world, they aren’t thinking of any other country except the USA..

        3. I am Canadian. I don’t have to pack and leave the US. I don’t hate US but despise the arrogance that many there have. In my travels around the globe, I hear the same attitudes towards the US . . . their arrogance seems universally unbearable.

          If you are truly concerned about the deaths of innocent people, just think of Iraq and the war the US waged on erroneous information. Truly a knee jerk reaction to a minor pain inflicted to their dignity. Each week, Iraq lost 5000 children due to lack of medical help. African children everywhere are dying and no sympathy or help for them.

          Unbelievable self centred.

        4. Lol. It’s idiots like Robert that show why this is so difficult. How do even have a conversation with someone who so hate-filled, and out in bizarro, crazy-land?

        5. Lol. It’s idiots like Robert that show why this is so difficult. How do you even have a conversation with someone who is so hate-filled, and out in bizarro, crazy-land?

          I really wish you could correct text on this site.

    2. Ted:
      I see. You support Michelle “crazy-eyes” Bachman. You are a funny, funny fellow. Who needs edjumucation, huh? College is for “elitists”! We all know- we should listen to crazy creationist nutjobs about global warming and the economy. Palin/Bachman 2012!! “When the going gets crazy, the crazy get crazier!”

      1. Gray? While I realize you’ve got that whole Übermensch thing going for you, let me relate a few details I’ve found to be true.

        First of call, coming from Detroit, I can all but guarantee you the population there is two things. Overwhelmingly Democrat and overwhelmingly religious. Now that you’ve pegged yourself as both a racist and a loudmouthed idiot, I’d like to pass on one further item. Since relocating to the Greater Houston area, the right winger’s you hate so much tend to have Doctorates and such, tend to be rocket scientists, and have nearly twice the education as the Libs spitting venom in Blogs and web forums.

        As a student of history, the last thing I’ll share tonight, is that today’s Left bears a striking resemblance to Germany’s 1920 NSDAP.

        1. “As a student of history, the last thing I’ll share tonight, is that today’s Left bears a striking resemblance to Germany’s 1920 NSDAP”

          Lol wut? What kind of history student are you? If anything the dems resemble the socialist party immediately elected after the proclamation of Weimar Republic (aka Germany), elected during a period of crisis, trying to fix the mistakes of the last, uber-dumb want-to-rule-the-world government, yet blocked out by an elitist movement, against the loss of whatever share of their massive income, one that eventually uses nationalism and religious fanaticism, along with a batshit-crazy fanatic, to make the people believe THEY are in fact looking out for them, and that eventually takes over power, calls itself the Nazi Party, and proceeds to mass murder jews (CAUSE THEM SONSOFBITCHES KILLED JEEEESUS!)

          I for one have very little difficulty imagining dear Sarah Palin with Hitler’s mustache.

        2. @Moo
          My good man, if you are indeed a student of history, you should demand your tuition money back. This is such an asinine statement that it isn’t even funny.

        3. OMG! Is it past your guys bed time? I’m smarter than you! 😛
          My party is better! 😛 Damn constant pissing contest in here! Lol
          Grow the fck up! Its like high school all over in here!
          None of you are looking very bright ranting back and forth like children!

        4. Hagar- he is a “student of history” because he listens to Glenn Beck! His post was rambling, made no sense, and was disjointed.
          Again, tea-party Bachmann Republicans believe that education is elitist.
          The only racists he should be referring to are the bedfellow right wing nutjobs he associates with like homophobic Rick Santorum or racist Rand Paul. Education is for suckers. G.W. Bush also showed that English speaking is for suckers as well. And Bachmann/Palin show that intelligence is for suckers. Rick Perry shows that half a brain is for suckers! Viva la Republican party!!! Hahhaha!

    3. Why don’t the red states and blue states secede? The US is like two completely different nations packaged into one. Just break it up already and have two presidents. One for the educated, open-minded people, one for religious nutjobs. Let’s see which one does better in the medium to long run.

      1. You ask: Why don’t the red states and blue states secede?
        The answer:
        1 Without the red states to produce stuff, grow crops and slaughter cattle, the blue states wouldn’t have anything to eat or buy.
        2 Without the big city blue states to worry about the political correctness of things like their faux gras, the red states would have no one to laugh at.

    4. Waa waapoor mr T. aren’t we the bitter one. You probably believe you follow Christ as well. No one ever shows up at your te prty rallies with guns? Posters of the president as a nazi? Blame MSNBC for your own ignorance. The left vets their news from honest sources unlike the lying windbags on faux news. The tea party channel. Go Perry GO! by the way. Rick Perrys hair is a Fonzi scheme. You tool.

    5. I feel sorry for people like you, Ted, who are so full of hate. You tea-partiers just can’t stomach the fact that a Democrat — and a black man — was elected to the presidency fair and square. You’ve never been able to get over it, have you? You’ve always hated liberals, and you hate the president so much we can almost see your contempt foaming on your mouth. Ironically, Obama isn’t even a liberal. If he was, he wouldn’t have capitulated to the Republicans at every turn. He’s just a left-leaning centrist who has gone the extra mile on numerous occasions to compromise with Republicans, only to be (metaphorically) spit on in return. But then, to you, anyone to the left of Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh is a socialist liberal, right Ted?

      But you go on spewing your rabid hatred. It’s not doing you any good, but by now it has so consumed you that it has become you. It’s rather pathetic and sad. You are so delusional that you think that just because 25, maybe 30 percent share your views, that the majority of the general electorate does. So please, PLEASE nominate Rick Perry to run against Obama! It would be so much fun fun to watch him and his anti-Social Security, anti-science, anti-worker, head-in-the-sand creationist mindset go down in flames.

      1. Hypocrite much, spj? Seriously though, this entire discussion is frivolous. Debate real issues with intelligence–not just labels. Terms like leftist or right winger are an easy copout from an educated conversation in which all sides have one objective: to learn! Can you imagine such an objective?? We’d all be so much smarter and more responsible had we ventured into politics with such a goal back in our teenage years (or whenever we did).

        1. Wow, Andrew! Some kind of radical proposition, or what? Make actual points, rather than name-calling. Be concrete. Think. Be logical. What kind of loony idea is that? 🙂

  3. Not to pass blame, or point blame here..

    But *every* public figure has a pre-packaged Obit at every news outlet..
    Sad but true.

    We live in an instant world, If some news outlet has to package an Obit when a public figure dies unexpectedly.. they will be a day behind in the news. and irrelevant.

    What I bet happened, It’s happened before sadly, Is that the web show was updating their packaged Obit on Jobs… and the news/rumor was tweeted by someone reading/proofing/eavesdropping it, to be “first”

    I forget who it was, but I think it was last year an Obit was actually printed… and the guy was still alive. Most times anymore it’s just posted (briefly) online before someone gets their ass kicked.

    1. Someone famously said here in the UK “the rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated” after an obit was mistakenly published. I believe it also happened to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, gawd rest her gin soaked soul. ;0)

  4. A pox on all your houses! Today is Sunday; those who claim to be religious should exhibit a little more decorum.

    Today is 9/11. Show a little class and celebrate a country whee the flag still flies over the Trade Center site, and where both the left and right can live in peace without killing each other and blowing up innocents in the name of religion.

    Shame on you all.

    1. I wake up this morning and see the above… (the crap you refer too)
      And now I wonder why some even bother to come here.

      A couple of idiots (on BOTH sides….) need to have their IP’s banned.

  5. Wow. Why do these types of articles always leave the amaricans yelling left vs right all the time. Is it not possible for pothole parties to get a few things right (correct)?

    I think you guys might need a new party or two. Nothing in life is ever black and white

  6. You liberals took the troll bait. Mine was a made up story. You showed all you can do is cut someone down. You would of coarse have zero empathy for a guys $20,000 car trashed for no reason. I worked at a body shop at the time and saw two of those cars come in. They were trashed and one was a total. Who is talking HATE when you have “children of the left” taking out their anger on someones car. You think I am a Republican you are so wrong. I am a libertarian. Both side suck shit. But liberalism is a mental disorder, so they are on the bottom of my list on who to follow. Again, you liberals are smart by a half. Start the hate posting on how hateful I am and how much of an idiot I am. How about commenting about my writing style an spelling like you smart by a half liberals like to do to show you are superior. Watch the hate posts fly from the cult of Lib. LOL

    1. Lol. Of course you’re a libertarian. That’s exactly what I would expect. Also, hate-filled, rabid and foaming at the mouth, spewing all of the same crap that you’ve been told to believe. Completely incapable of independent thought. No surprises here.

  7. I am a fiscal conservative, atheist, who knows evolution is real and climate change is a naturally occurring phenomena.

    Buying your way out of a recession by paying workers to stay unemployed, farmers to not grow crops while vetoing new factories and major pipelines is just wrong in so many ways.

      1. “Anthem”

        Know your place in life is where you want to be
        Don’t let them tell you that you owe it all to me
        Keep on looking forward…no use in looking ’round
        Hold your head above the ground and they won’t bring you down

        Anthem of the heart and anthem of the mind
        A funeral dirge for eyes gone blind
        We marvel after those who sought
        The wonders of the world, wonders of the world
        Wonders of the world they wrought

        Live for yourself…there’s no one else
        More worth living for
        Begging hands and bleeding hearts will only cry out for more


        Well, I know they’ve always told you
        Selfishness was wrong
        Yet it was for me, not you, I came to write this song

  8. Ted….today is a day for left and right to forget their differences just for the day. Today we are all Americans and share the sorrow you call 9/11 (I an Canadian and yes a liberal).
    Less hate…more tolerance.

    1. Does that leave open the names ‘The Dead Jobs Bill’?
      ‘Trick or Tweet’?
      ‘Columbian Bong Singers’?

      ‘My Shira Know More, No More’
      ‘Take This Tweet and Shove It’
      ‘Every Little Thing She Does is Tragic’

    2. you know.. twitter is pretty awesome. A lot of times I get events live as they are happening.. in real time replete with photos, videos, commentary. And it’s far faster than what web media prints. It’s pretty amazing- I think it wasn’t web page media that made the proliferation news instantaneous like people think. In a lot of cases, I am seeing that the internet news organizations- unless it’s a massive event, can’t keep up and there is at least a day if not more delay in stories being reported. With twitter news *can* be instantaneous.
      However- you have to take that with a grain of salt and carefully construct a list of people to follow to get timely and correct key info as to what’s going on or you’ll end up with this kind of BS.

      But then again- this makes me think to a recent past where it was all based on print news. I mean.. wow. How simple life must have been.

    1. You have brought nothing to this conversation other than to embarrass the left and solidify the right.

      No one pays attention to political ‘team’ players.
      The only ones that keeps score are you and others, left and right, who don’t know the history and can’t understand the issues, so they jump on misconceptions and talking points to vilify the others and feel they have actually done something.

      Welcome to mental obscurity.
      I hope you enjoyed the short ride….on the short bus.

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