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#1 Alyssa

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    Posted 03 March 2009 - 07:11 PM

    Jon and Kate Gosselin - Philadelphia Magazine - phillymag.com

    I got the new issue of Philadelphia Magazine over the weekend and there was a very interesting article about the Gosselin's in there.

    Personally i don't really care for their show - i really like 18 and counting - the Duggar's or whatever that is called but the Gosselin's do get on my nerves.

    anyway i think the article is very interesting, especially the stuff about Aunt Jodi and friends that have been shut out b/c of $$$!

    here is the article about how / where the author got the info...

    Jon and Kate: Behind the Philadelphia Magazine Story
    A Q&A with Jessica Remo about the reporting for her March 2009 article “Jon + Kate + 8 = $$$”

    What did you think of the show before you began reporting?
    Before I began my research I was a huge fan. There is no denying how adorable the Gosselin children are, and I thought Jon and Kate’s banter was natural, normal.

    When I began my research, I was astounded by some of the things written about the family on some of the blogs written about the show. Actually, heartbroken is the word. As much as I loved the show, I have to admit that being able to watch these kids all the time, in some of their most vulnerable moments (Collin being constipated, the kids coming out of the bath — to name just a few), did feel a little indulgent. I am of no relation to the family, yet I can gawk at their children for hours almost daily. It’s unsettling.

    Did you ever meet the family in person?
    I did attend two events where I met Kate in person. The first was a book signing at the Barnes & Noble in the Promenade Shops in Center Valley, Pa., right before Christmas. The place was mobbed — you had to get a ticket and stand in line, then they called your number. The turnout at these events is more amazing because they aren’t advertised on the show or Jon and Kate’s website. You have to scour the blogs or be from the area to learn of them.

    The other event was the speaking engagement I detail in the story at First Assembly of God church in Marcy, New York, on January 11th. The scene there was giddier — there was even a woman who had cut her hair like Kate. I asked someone working the event if there would be a chance for me to interview Kate, but was told no. I later heard that at other events organizers have asked that no journalists be present.

    Kate explained that Jon had just come home from a shoot and she couldn’t make him leave without spending time with the kids. The people at First Assembly were quite disappointed, to say the least, and in my reporting I learned that either Jon or Kate has backed out at the last minute at other events. Rarely do they appear together now, and they’ve admitted as much in recent interviews.

    After Kate spoke, she signed copies of Multiple Blessings. I asked her bodyguard if maybe after the signing she would have a few minutes for me. He said he would see what he could do. I waited, and at the very end he asked for me, but the answer was still a “no.” He gave me the phone number for Laurie Goldberg, the senior vice president of communications for TLC, and said we could set something up over the phone. I had already been in touch with Laurie, however, at this point. No interview came of it.

    Who else did you speak to during your reporting?
    I talked to or corresponded with more than 100 people for this piece, many of whom asked to remain anonymous. I began, naturally, with Kate’s manager, Julie Carson May. I left at least four messages for her over the course of a month, with no response. Then I tried Kate’s book publisher, Zondervan, where I spoke to Karen Campbell, who does PR for the book, and she directed me to Laurie Goldberg at TLC. I tried to set something up with Laurie over e-mail for several weeks, but to no avail. Finally, she said I could e-mail her a list of questions and she’d see what she could do. I told her I would not because it’s not good journalism — we wanted direct access to Jon and Kate because we didn’t want a publicist answering for them through e-mail. In an e-mailed response, Laurie accused me of having “an agenda” and said “we prefer to work with ethical journalists.”

    Some of the outside sources I talked to were many people who had appeared on the show; many of the churches that the Gosselins had appeared at or canceled on; many of the local places the family visited on the show; locals in Wyomissing, Elizabethtown, and the greater Reading area; people involved in the makeover of the Gosselins’ Wyomissing home; and other reporters who interviewed the Gosselins, like Shauna Lake from KUTV in Utah. I tried to speak with Kate’s parents, but they did not return my phone calls. I spoke for quite some time with Paul Petersen, whom I mention in the story, as well as the labor departments of California and Pennsylvania to compare and contrast the legislation. I spoke to David Rothermel, Jon’s former employer, as you can also see in the story. And I did see the state’s documentation surrounding Jon’s termination; our research editor also confirmed this with the Pennsylvania unemployment office, which had denied Jon’s claim for unemployment. I also spoke with Julie, Aunt Jodi’s sister, who wrote the blog Truth Breeds Hatred.

    How much of the information on the blogs about the Gosselins is true?
    Not all of it. There’s a lot of wild speculation out there. I can only personally endorse the facts detailed in my story, which were confirmed by the magazine’s fact-checking department. However, if it’s on the internet and about the Gosselins, I’ve read it. I’ve also watched each episode — there are 80-plus now — at least twice.

    The reason I turned to Gosselins Without Pity as one avenue for my reporting is simply because it is the most trafficked blog on all things Gosselin. To not mention or contact them would have been neglectful on my part. But I did not take their word for fact, and I of course read other blogs, with both positive and negative angles. The battle that’s being waged between the different fans of different blogs in the magazine’s web comment section right now has a lot of history. I expected the heat from some of these diehard fans.

    Why hasn’t this information been published in the mainstream media before?
    Probably because no one has had the time or patience to confirm it all. The reporting on this took me more than two months and included persuading a lot of people to talk to me.

    Illustration by Gluekit, from the March 2009 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

    #2 tylersgirl

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      Posted 03 March 2009 - 07:27 PM

      I just read the article. I was always wondering where the Aunt Jodi went. I like that show, but I can see where the article is coming from.

      #3 DanielleNDerek

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        Posted 03 March 2009 - 07:29 PM

        i just printed it out. I cant wait to read this later. I watch the show all of the time. Derek watches with me but HATES Kate. I'll have to bring it home for him to read too.
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        #4 Alyssa

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          Posted 03 March 2009 - 07:37 PM

          i just updated the first post with another article - which is a behind the scenes with the author about where / how she got the info :)

          #5 Jessica

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            Posted 03 March 2009 - 08:33 PM

            I remember we had another thread about this show and I posted a link to a blog that is written by a "family" member and she talks about the whole Jodi incident among other things. I don't mind the show, but I don't watch it regularly. Just if I happen to catch it and have nothing else to watch/do. It is certainly interesting to read all the "behind the scenes" stuff.

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            Posted 04 March 2009 - 10:30 AM

            I enjoy the show but it has gotten very commercial lately. I do think its kinda sad, but I have to say it seems like Kate is keeping filming of their new house a little limited. We have not seen a lot of the rooms or events at the house that they have lived in for quite a few months now.
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            #7 Jacqueline

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              Posted 05 March 2009 - 04:45 PM

              I'll have to read the article, I heard about the aunt Jodi thing before. I've heard diff stories actually so I'm skeptical about any of it. It prob has some truth but a lot of it, imo, is prob he said she said BS. I still love the show, but I havent had the chance to watch the new episodes! The only one I saw was where Kate was cleaning the kitchen and she was freaked out b/c the fridge was all nasty! Yuk!

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              Posted 05 March 2009 - 04:57 PM

              Interesting article Alyssa, thanks for posting!

              #9 Yari

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                Posted 06 March 2009 - 01:40 PM

                Yes, definitely interesting. I watched my first episode last weekend. Kate seemed a little bitchy.

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                  Posted 06 March 2009 - 05:42 PM

                  I didn't mind the article, I just hate reading all the comments after.
                  People are just ridiculous sometimes with their attitudes about people they really don't know.
                  It makes me mad, but this is what they signed up for, so I'm sure they knew that.
                  I enjoy the show..the kids have me laughing during every single episode.
                  I agree it's definitely different then in the begining, but they are reality TV stars now..Which in this day and age is as good as a movie star sometimes.
                  I dunno..I just can't jusge people I don't know and never will know, regardless of what they show on TV about them.
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