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How TMZ's breaking news has changed the media landscape

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TMZ website reports the news that Michael Jackson has passed away on June 26, 2009 in London, England. The iconic pop star, 50, was rushed to the hospital today after going into cardiac arrest. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

When you hear the letters "TMZ", you make think of aggressive, paparazzi-style reports at the intersection of celebrities and scandal. However, over the years, they've also broken news that many mainstream outlets scrambled to get late or missed altogether.

Most recently, the website broke the Donald Sterling story and was the first to have the taped conversation allegedly between Sterling and V. Stiviano.

David Folkenflik is the media correspondent for NPR and joins us to discuss the history of the website and TV show, and TMZ's effect on the media landscape as a whole.

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