II/ Angels And UnAmerican Activity

While mob boss Frank Costello gave the National Enquirer a connection to the less-reputable elements of society, in order to become a truly powerful publication it would need someone to introduce the Enquirer to the established corridors of power. Someone with the ear of a senator, an attorney general, a president. Which is exactly what it had in the rather lumpy shape of Roy Cohn.

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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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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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Smear Tactics

Got a vague, spurious and largely unsubstantiated rumour you need to make stick? Want to spread some dirt on someone without getting sued through the arse? Then you, my friend, need to take a lesson from Lord Ashcroft and Isabel Oakeshott’s seminal work Call Me Dave: Gossip For Beginners And Improvers.

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The Palin Diaries

When we first heard that Sarah Palin and her family had been involved in a 20 person brawl at a party in Alaska, we thought her internet-only TV channel was maybe moving into the pay-per-view market. So we signed up for a subscription to see what the hell was going on.

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Stitched Kippers

UKIP – the self-styled People’s Army – have been shattering the Westminster consensus of the always on-message political party elite with their straight-talking, tell-it-like-it-is style. But though they may sound like they’ve never had any media training, they’ve actually been put through a surprising amount of secret vetting…

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