Do people actually believe the nonsense they read in the tabloids?

I was just made aware of a ridiculous story in one of those weekly rags. This is just to say that the story is untrue in every respect, just unmitigated, sloppy, and malicious invention.  The madness of the constant inaccuracy of these publications is evidenced by the fact that in this recent story the main photo they use of "Jason" is not even Jason!

Comments for this Truth Alert

I was hoping you would address this. I knew it was not true, when I saw it at the check out. I also knew it was not your son, Jason. It did not look like him. Just more made up trash about you. So sorry you have to go through this. Your real fans will know it is not true!!

That is why it is only useful for the birdcage.

The tabloids exploit people's shame and fear. People believe the lies if they "feel" they need to believe them. It is really about the absence of love in their lives. Who knows if they didn't read the lies and receive relief form their pain, they may go out and harm someone.
I remember when Time magazine did a cover story on you in the 60's-it was glowing. Shortly after the cover story they did a review of Hello Dolly!. Time had a policy that if an article was unsigned it represented the thinking of the publishers. The review mentioned that you were kicking up your yiddisha skirt too much (this is from my memory. It isn't exact) in the film. The comment had nothing to do with your performance. It was how they felt about your ethnicity. The article wasn't signed. I find those kind of comments just as dangerous as the complete lies.

I am so sorry you have to put up with the lies that invade your life and I feel so angry and sad that both you and your son Jason are suject to this. You have many people in the world who respect you and know that these stories are lies. But I do acknowledge the anger and pain this causes you.
hang in there....rafaela from queens, nyc

That is why they are called "trash" mags.....
Everytime I walk by one of those magazine racks I just smirk and shake my head, especially when they have something about you on the cover!

I think most people do not read these tabloids! When I'm checking out at the grocery store, I glance at the headlines just to laugh, because they're so rediculous! They certainly do not care whom they hurt or how malicious they are! If any of us normal people wrote such things, we would be sued! I only wish they had to abide by some type of ethics code, of course then they wouldn't be in business. Just know that 99% of us know better than to believe that trash!

Ah the basic reminder of "none of your business" and "really? How could you screw that up?"

Just so you know, I addressed that particular article in writing on the website on which it was exposed as purely ignorance personified. For example, you has just recently attended the reading of the play "8" with Jason, a demonstration of your love for him and support of the community. Jason has been an extremely well-respected person with a wonderful reputation. I find it unbelievable that this "rag" has remained on the news stands for all of these years. It needs to go away. I, too, am so sorry that you have to see these hurtful words about you and your marvelous son. Peace to you'with the knowledge that so many of us love & support you in ALL that you do!

Just so you know, I addressed that particular article in writing on the website on which it was exposed as purely ignorance personified. For example, you has just recently attended the reading of the play "8" with Jason, a demonstration of your love for him and support of the community. Jason has been an extremely well-respected person with a wonderful reputation. I find it unbelievable that this "rag" has remained on the news stands for all of these years. It needs to go away. I, too, am so sorry that you have to see these hurtful words about you and your marvelous son. Peace to you'with the knowledge that so many of us love & support you in ALL that you do!

Don't believe what you read...right? I think some farkakt folk singer sang a song about that once in the 70's....can't quite remember her name...oh well...

Didn't hear anything about your son in the European tabloids, maybe it hasn't reached us yet. Our tabloids have a story about your dog, they say it needs a therapist because it doesn't like your husband. I don't think many people believe these stupid stories.

Since I don't pay attention to those rags I was not aware of the lies they are spreading. It is a shame that the press has so much power that they can write junk like that and are not made accountable for the hurt that they spread.

I am hopeful that enlightenment will come soon throughout the world. Only then will we live together in Peace w/all creatures & each other. Namaste!

That fabrication is not believed by anyone. Period.

Happy Birthday Barbra! Thank you for a lifetime of pleasure.

I had to look it up to see what you were talking about...which goes to show most people do not even look or read those things! All is good! Happy early birthday btw..look great still at 70! Can't wait for your movie to come out this year!!!! Love

Not that i believed what they wrote but i found it entertaining to read. but I have not bought a "RAG" since the death of Princess Diana. I have never purchased on since and will not. I wish to see them all go under. LOve to you and your family

Robert (Canada)

Hi Barbra--Please don't worry as you are loved by so many and we know the truth. You are a devoted mother to Jason in every sense of the word! In all your interviews, in your concerts, you've always demonstrated how much you love, adore and respect your son. Jason is a wonderful human being and an upstanding person in every way. Of course, it is infuriating to have lies printed about you, but I applaud your "Truth Alerts" so that you have a forum from which to set the record straight. I just hope that the mainstream audience could see your comments so that they will see the pattern of blatant lies these rags write. You will always be in our hearts as a person who is honest, full of integrity, generous, loving and caring of people and our country--and that's not even touching upon your many talents yet! We love you Barbra!!! Focus on your happy life--not the lies.

Barbra I have been a fan from the time I was 8 years old under no circumstances do I ever believe anything that is written in any of these tabloids about you or your family. however I do believe that some people that read this trash believe its true they don't know better I guess. What upsets me right now is the trash they are writing about Whitney Houston she is gone she cannot defend herself what so ever. What is it about these people that they think its ok, especially with a celebrity that has passed away. It is so disrepectful not only to Whitney Houston but her family. I can only hope that one day these tabloid papers will cease to exsist in our society.

...yes, they do. People also actually still vote Republican, too.

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Yes most of them actually do....sad isn't it. So we have to speak and write the truth. Most people don't buy or read or buy that crap tho.

Sorry I am a bit late, but yes I find tabloids stupid and crazy. Some times I think that people are sincerely depressed and have to find out that others are suffering as much as they are. You will never find one of those rags in my house. I find that "people" magazine is borderline bull. I find what I need here about you and your information. I don't know how those humans? are allowed to get away with all the garbage they do. Love ya!.