By: E&P Staff
What newspaper was first to report the unexpected death of actor Marlon Brando?
The winner, by a wide margin, appears to be the New York Post, if only in an unconfirmed manner.
In its Friday morning edition, on page 11, the Post printed a small story, with a picture of Brando from “The Godfather,” under the headline: “Brando is dead: TV report.” It cited a bulletin on the Web site of Phoenix-based KPHO-TV, of all places. The paper said police had not confirmed the death but claimed that relatives were gathering at the actor’s Los Angeles home.
At mid-morning today, the DrudgeReport trumpeted the news, while confirming it was unconfirmed. An hour or so later, The Associated Press, Bloomberg and other wires announced it as fact.
According to Google News, newspaper sites that got to the news especially quickly included USA Today, the Daily News of New York, Newsday of Melville, N.Y., and The Dallas Morning News.