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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Debbie Does Drama

Debbie Reynolds was many things in her lifetime – a film star, a dancer, a musician, an entrepreneur, a casino operator, a humanitarian – and she was widely applauded for all of them. But the most important work she did? The stuff that she went most unrecognised for. Sorting out all of your dumb shit problems.

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Lines Of Enquiry

Unlike the rest of us gullible fools who thought that Brad and Angelina would be together forever, the National Enquirer knew what was up. Ever since the day they married, the Enquirer has been telling us that Brangelina’s marriage was over – for at least two years now. Well done, guys! Looks like you called it!

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