Gossip Cop

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Gossip Cop
Gossip Cop logo.jpg
Type of site
OwnerGossip Cop Media
Created byMichael Lewittes (Co-Founder)
LaunchedJuly 29, 2009
Current statusActive

Gossip Cop is a website that fact-checks celebrity reporting. Based in New York City, Gossip Cop investigates entertainment stories that are published in magazines and newspapers, as well as on the web, to ascertain whether they are true or false. To help visitors quickly identify the truth value of every story, the site features a 0-10 scale next to each article. A rating of 0 means the rumor is completely untrue, fiction or even fake news, while a rating of 10 means the report is 100 percent fact or true. Gossip Cop participates in International Fact-Checking Network events,[1] including attending Global Fact 4 in Madrid in July 2017[2] and Global Fact 5 in Rome in June 2018[3].

The website was created by Michael Lewittes, a veteran entertainment journalist. During his 25-year career, Lewittes has served as an "Access Hollywood" producer, the news director for Us Weekly, an editor at The New York Post, and a columnist for the New York Daily News. A graduate of Yale College, Michael was also a correspondent on the E! series, "The Gossip Show."[4]

Along with co-founder Dan Abrams, Lewittes launched the site on July 29, 2009 with appearances on Good Morning America[5] and The Today Show.[6] As a result, Gossip Cop received a tremendous amount of publicity, including features in The New York Times[7] and People Magazine.[8] Today, the site is known for its dogged investigations. In November 2017, Elle magazine called Gossip Cop "the Robert Mueller of the celebrity news world."[9]


  1. ^ "In 2017, fact-checking grew around the world — but not in the U.S." Poynter. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  2. ^ "Global Fact: Bringing the fact-checkers of the world together". Poynter. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  3. ^ "The Fifth Global Fact-Checking Summit will be held in Rome in June 2018". Poynter. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  4. ^ "About Us". Gossip Cop. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  5. ^ News, A. B. C. (2009-07-29). "Gossip Cop Polices Online Buzz". ABC News. Retrieved 2018-01-13.
  6. ^ Rovzar, Chris (29 July 2009). "Taking the Joy Out of the Only Thing We Have Left". NY Magazine. Retrieved 2009-08-03.
  7. ^ Carr, David (29 July 2009). "Gossip Cop Patrols Celebrity 'News'". NY Times. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  8. ^ Martinez-White, Xiomara (31 July 2009). "Miley to Appear Nude? Cameron Getting Married? Don't Bet on It". People Magazine. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  9. ^ "Blake Shelton Is People's Sexiest Man Alive and I Have So Many Questions". ELLE. 2017-11-14. Retrieved 2018-01-13.

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