On Sat, 9 Jun 2018 07:48:49 -0700 (PDT), "Peter T. Daniels"
Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by LFS Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by Snidely
For many people of the US who are not in Giancarlo Stanton range of the
Geo Wash Br, "tabloid" refers to the supermarket stock of the likes of
The National Enquirer.
And in England, the two senses seem to have merged. They don't need the
National Enquirer or the Weekly World News as long as the have the Daily
Believe me, I am no apologist for the DM but it is a good deal more
intellectual than the National Enquirer, which is more like a really
stupid version of the Sun or the Mirror on their bad days.
That was the only English tabloid that's been mentioned here recently. Feel
free to replace "Mail" with whichever one you wish to denigrate.
The Nat Enquirer, though, does these days occasionally print real news. They
first published the John Edwards scandal before the 2008 presidential primaries,
and they're currently in the news for paying one of Trump's dalliances for the
exclusive rights to her story -- and then killing the story. Trump and its
editor are close.
I assume that the Nat Enquirer has always had a sprinkling of
factual stuff, though my only direct knowledge is from 1968-1969.
I was living in my first apartment after college, and a friendly
neighbor was a reader and fan. So I read some of their stories.
One of them was a titillating report on marriage and sex practices
in some distant, tribal society -- and I had read the same report in
an anthropology course the previous year.
A year later, my boss gave several interviews as followup to a press
release on a study, a "psychological survey of normal adults" in
Carroll County, Md. Jerry (my boss) mentioned that the news
story in the Nat. Enquirer was the best one. (I think Jerry granted
the interview to a free-lancer, or someone who said he was a
free-lancer. The rag had the same reputation then as it does now.)
I half-way expect that the journals it competes with are similar in
providing some real news, but I haven't heard that about them.
Post by Peter T. Daniels
Not to be confused with the Philadelphia Inquirer, a respectable metropolitan
broadsheet -- and one of the few Philadelphia institutions that doesn't trace
its ancestry directly back to Benjamin Franklin.