IV/ Electile Dysfunction

Russian interference. Piss-tape kompromat. Montenegrin fake news factories. Shadowy billionaires on both sides of the political divide trying to ignite a culture war. There’s been one hell of an elaborate backstory contrived to explain the shock result of the 2016 US election, but a look through the lens of the National Enquirer suggests that some of it may have been a little more straightforward.

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III/ Suburban Decay

The criminal underworld of New York, the closed corridors of Washington, the magazine industry of Florida. They’re all very interesting – no question about that – but these aren’t regular people we’ve been talking about here. For the National Enquirer to cut any sway with millions of average American Joes, things would have to change. They’d have to go corporate. Which is where American Media, Inc. comes into play.

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I/ The Tabloid Triangle

Our story starts with American Media Inc’s oldest and most notorious title: the National Enquirer. As the industry’s most sensational scandal rag, the Enquirer is often blamed for setting the grim tone of modern celebrity reporting – but how did it become so influential? And, more importantly, how did the Enquirer’s ties to a botched Mafia hit-job in 1950s New York end up causing a tabloid boom in 1970s small-town Florida?

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Try Hard II: Try Harder

And so, as it was foretold, Melania Trump has filed a defamation suit against the Daily Mail’s website MailOnline after it intimated that she was a whore. The man behind this case? Why, it’s our old pal, Charles J Harder – Attorney At Law!

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The Bookie Of Revelations

As political opinion polling has been extremely hit and miss in recent years, the cognoscenti have been turning their eyes to what the betting exchange say. Then along came Brexit and the bookmakers failed there too. But is there anything the lessons of Brexit bookmaking can teach us about this election?

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Crack Pots II: Further Cracks

As Savile-esque allegations start pouring in about Donald Trump, it may be tempting to write his campaign off as finally doomed. But as we’ve been saying from the start, if you really want to understand how Trump’s core support works, you need to look carefully at the career of the crack-smoking Mayor, Rob Ford.

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Primary Urges

Politics, in general, is a deeply unsexy business. Yet it seems our appetite for porn parodies is so great that people are even willing to script, shoot and sell political filth of all stripes. With the presidential primaries now in full thrust, who’s pulling ahead in the smut stakes?

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Crack Pots

A new tell-all book about the crack-smoking ex-mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, has just been released. Written by his old chief of staff, it makes for very revealing reading – but most interesting of all is what it can teach us about the surprising rise of Donald Trump.

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