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Brad Pitt has been in the news a lot because he recently attended Jennifer Aniston's 50th birthday party, while he and Angelina Jolie are trying to finalize their divorce. Those real-life occurrences, however, have led to a number of provably untrue stories that keep popping up. Two of those phony narratives include Pitt and Aniston attending an Oscars party together, as well as a tale about him and Jolie planning a "getaway" to wrap up their divorce. Since Gossip Cop has already debunked these false claims, it's time to single out the outlets that keep pushing them.

Whether it's because they care more about online traffic than they do about being truthful or they just prefer rewriting other outlets' stories rather than doing actual reporting, the net result is a number of sites are feeding the public falsehoods. For example, the Australian tabloid New Idea concocted a wholly fictitious tale about Pitt and Aniston going to an Oscars party together. Bear in mind, not one legitimate publication in the U.S. reported that nonsense.

There was nothing, for instance, in the Hollywood Reporter, Variety or Entertainment Weekly, which covered every aspect of the Academy Awards and its afterparties. None of the respected photo agencies, such as Getty, or even the low-rent paparazzi outfits had a picture of the exes entering or exiting any Oscar bashes. And, of course, the Australian publication that manufactured the claim didn't bother to mention which event they attended. The reason is that the entire tale was a lie, as confirmed to Gossip Cop by both Pitt and Aniston's camps.

Also this week, RadarOnline published a piece claiming Pitt and Jolie were going on a "secret getaway" to finalize their divorce. Notwithstanding how that website has frequently posted a string of wrong reports about the two, Gossip Cop still fact-checked the story and was assured by Pitt insiders the article was incorrect. That said, it didn't stop the know-nothings at the International Business Times, The Inquistr, Celebrity Insider, and the Times of India, among others, from just regurgitating the inaccurate premise.

It's clear the aforementioned outlets didn't bother to see whether the RadarOnline story was true, because not one of them included any new information. Instead, they lazily rephrased the original article and threw in a few words like "reported" and "according to." That's not journalism. That's cutting and pasting, which any second grader can do.

The same situation occurred after the Globe published a piece falsely maintaining Charlize Theron felt "betrayed" because Pitt went to Aniston's birthday party. That supermarket tabloid has a reputation for publishing garbage. Unfortunately, that didn't stop The News International out of Pakistan, the previously mentioned New Idea, or India's Pinkvilla from spreading the fictitious claim. Even more galling is that each of those outlets posted their stories well after Theron herself said she's single following the false rumors linking her to Pitt.

Simply, these various outlets knew their stories were lies, but ran them anyway. And they did it in blatant disregard for the truth, while hoping to be rewarded with traffic. Conversely, Gossip Cop doesn't post a single story until we've reached out to all parties involved, and we cite our sources at the bottom of each article. Pitt and Aniston didn't party at the Oscars together, and the actor isn't going on a trip with Jolie to settle their divorce, despite how many times these narratives have been rewritten and spread.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.


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