'Media Buzz': TMZ Chief Harvey Levin Defends Checkbook Journalism
In the wake of TMZ Sports releasing surveillance video from an Atlantic City hotel elevator of NFL player Ray Rice knocking his then-fiance unconscious, TMZ creator and managing editor Harvey Levin defended his website's practice of chasing stories, even if it means paying for videos and photos.
"We're a news operation. That's what you're supposed to do when you're a news operation," Levin stated in an exclusive interview with Howard Kurtz on Media Buzz today, adding that, yes, TMZ will pay for videos or photos, but not interviews.
"Absolutely, we will pay for video and photos. It’s just, we’re being a little more honest than you guys," Levin said.
Watch the full, must-see interview from Media Buzz above.