The Reading Eagle posts links on its Home page to the "Top Articles of the Week." This is a good thing. It allows readers to catch up on stuff they may have missed, keys visitors to what's popular, and drives up page views to the site.
Not so good when national gossip sites think the prominently positioned wire piece from August 15 headlined "Jon & Kate plus patrol car after Lower Heidelberg Township police called about argument," about how Kate called the cops on Jon after the twins tattled because he was pawing up the babysitter, is brand new.
I'm not certain who was first to run with it, but PerezHilton put his exclamation points into overdrive and moved this head and lead before noon (link since removed):
Cops Called Again!!! Jon & Kate Out Of Control!
It seems that any kind of civility has been tossed out the window as for the second time in two weeks, the cops were called to the house of Jon Gosselin and ...
It was only one week ago that we were dealing with a domestic dispute involving "Jon and Kate Plus 8" stars Jon and Kate Gosselin. Now, the exact same thing is happening again.
Police responded Thursday night to a domestic dispute at Jon and Kate's Pennsylvania residence; just like last week there were again no arrests made and the situation was handled in a safe manner. This is all according to a recent report by the Associated Press.
As of Friday afternoon there has been little information released about the phone call, but I will have more as it becomes available. Kate has been reportedly staying with the kids most of the week while Jon has been seen out in New York and at a children's hospital.
MyFoxPhilly also hopped aboard, then yanked the story down:
Police Called To Gosselin House, Again
For the second time in two weeks, the police were called to the house of reality TV stars Jon and Kate Gosselin Thursday.
While all this was going on, the paparazzi left their encampment along Heffner Road ands wooped down on Lower Heidelberg Police HQ and bombarded the cops with questions. Meanwhile, Jon wasn't even in town, having spent Thursday at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., seeking to get laid.
Us Weekly told its reporter on the scene that the source of the crazy rumor was the week-old AP account on ReadingEagle.com.
Expect the Eagle within hours to spot the bogus online report and tell its readers, under "Breaking News," that police were called to the Gosselin house, again. Rinse, repeat.