The Untold Story of the National Enquirer

DVD - 2020
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For over 60 years, the National Enquirer has pumped out salacious, shocking stories, stretching the limits of journalism and blurring the lines between truth and fiction. From its coverage of Elvis's death, to Monica Lewinsky and the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the National Enquirer rattled the foundations of American culture and politics, sometimes allegedly using payoffs and blackmail to get its scoops. Mark Landsman examines the obsession with the rich, famous, and powerful.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, CA] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2020]
Branch Call Number: 302.23 SCANDALOUS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Aug 08, 2020

Because the opening credits showed this to be a CNN Film, I did not hold out hope for an impartial documentary. Surprisingly, probably 3/4's of the documentary were illuminating and interesting with how the publication began with mob money/ties, so to speak, information about how the many stories it had broken over the years occurred, and the extensive network of sources the Enquirer had cultivated among other aspects. But, of course, being CNN associated, it did not disappoint in that the end culminated in Trump bashing. Obama wasn't touched or mentioned. Clinton, Lewinski, Epstein, etc. etc. etc. nothing to see here. Really, what could one expect when two of the interviewees were Maggie Halberman and Carl Bernstein, avowed Trump haters? Goodness this gets old.

Aug 06, 2020

Much more interesting than expected...even if one has never seen or heard of the paper.
Many political aspects of news stories are explored as well as the impact on the public’s perception of various celebrities during the height of it’s popularity.
Mafia involvement, bribery and blackmail was used further the fortunes of the paper.
Interviews with past reporters (especially British men who were hired because they were so ruthless) were fascinating.
Some of these stories about bribery and blackmail are not new, but still illuminating.


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