Before the National Enquirer
, The Star
and other gossip tabloids, there was the National Police Gazette
. Founded in 1845, it originally covered "highwaymen and suchlike malefactors, the thought being that the public would get on to the evil-doers and fix their wagons."
Thirty years later a new owner transformed 'the oldest weekly in America' into a full-on tabloid covering "murders, Wild West outlaws, and sport... well known for its engravings and photographs of scantily clad strippers, burlesque dancers, and prostitutes, often skirting on the edge of what [was] legally considered obscenity."
Some even consider it "America’s first popular men’s magazine."
The Gazette shut down in 1977, but has now been resurrected. [more inside]
A Remade Tabloid Image of Houston’s Last Meal [NYTimes.com]
That gruesome photograph of Whitney Houston’s last supper, first posted on TMZ
shortly after her death, stuck in the visual memory of the German photographer Thomas Demand
. “The proliferation of that kind of image at the time when she was not even in the coffin amazed me,” Mr. Demand said. “It amazed me that it would ever have been released.” So he decided to recreate it.
Five senior journalists and editors at the News International tabloid the Sun were arrested on Saturday
along with three public officials as Operation Elveden, the British investigation into bribery of police by News International papers, broadened to include corruption of officials in the armed forces and Ministry of Defence as well. The Guardian reports
that the new arrests escalate the stakes of the ongoing US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation of News Corporation, which carries potential penalties of millions of dollars of fines and prison sentences for senior executives. [more inside]
Hold Ye Front Page.
The History of the World, presented as Front Pages from the often controversial
UK tabloid, The Sun [more inside]
Thirteen-year-old Milly Dowler
was kidnapped and murdered on her way home from school in 2002. During the six-month hunt before her body was found, her parents gave exclusive interviews to the News of the World
, saying they believed she would be found alive.
That hope was based partly on the fact that her voicemails were still being listened to and deleted. Today, it was revealed that the deleting was being done by the News of the World
. [more inside]
Hugh Grant's Linda Tripp.
The movie star puts his press pass in his hat band and makes the front page with an exposé of a paparazzi. [more inside]
Last week, the New York Times magazine published an explosive article
about the phone-hacking exploits at the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid News Of The World
under the then-editorship of Andy Coulson, now the the Government's chief of communications
. Following the NYT's investigation, questions about the "unhealthy" relationship between the Metropolitan Police and the press
(particularly Murdoch's News International
, which also includes The Sun, The Times and the Sunday Times), and further claims that an independent inquiry was abandoned so as not to upset the Metropolitan Police
, assistant Met Commissioner John Yates was questioned
[video; 4 mins] on Tuesday by the Home Affairs select committee. Following an emergency debate
in Parliament today, which concerned the fact that MPs of all parties may have had their phones hacked (and therefore had their Parliamentary Privilege
breached), the Standards and Privileges Committee
, the most powerful committee in Parliament, is to open an inquiry which will be able to compel witnesses to give evidence
. Meanwhile, former News of the World reporters are coming out the woodwork, claiming that hacking at the paper was "rife"
, and the pressure is on Coulson to resign his £140,000 job at No. 10, with a poll
[pdf] which says 52% of the public says he should go. [more inside]
All the dirt that's fit to print.
How the National Enquirer almost won a Pulitzer Prize. Almost
Tabloid photographs from the Los Angeles Herald Express (1936-1961), showing celebrities
, (early) CHiPs
, and babes with guns
Via the Virtual Gallery
at the LA Public Library, which has many other fine exhibits, such as California in the 20s
, the 1932 Olympics
, celebrity golf
, and a wonderful collection from the golden age of travel posters
"Where's my pitbull?"
In which our 'hero', Carl Monday, CLEVELAND'S INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER
, attends the sentencing of Mike Cooper
, an "unemployed porn site user
", caught pleasuring himself at a local library. (Metafilter passim
; via Deadspin
's full coverage of Carl Monday.)
Cardiff Terrifies Me.
Daily news-stand headlines from that bastion of quality journalism, the South Wales Echo.
Daily Mail Watch
keeps an eye on some
of Britain's more right wing
Who is the real Slim Shady? Does he pass on a jacuzzi full of thong-laden women for a manicure, tanning and full spa treatment? yup
longtime editor of the Weekly World News
, creator of Ed Anger, Bat Boy and other semi-real totems of society's fuzzy underbelly, is dead at 56.
The fact that I had to find this out in The Economist
, of all places, makes me madder than -- than -- than George S. Patton at a Peace Rally.
Dalai Llama Misses Sex, Shoots Guns
This is the finest tabloid newspaper headline evar
. Remember Peter Falk, in Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities
, admiring the rhythmic and sadistic anticlimax of the headline: 'Scalp Grandma, then rob her' ? This is better.
Should I have worked on the school paper instead of playing bass? I could have been a contender.via fark.
Trial by Tabloid?
Top BBC presenter Angus Deaton
has been sacked after a sex & drugs scandal
. He has presented comedy news quiz Have I Got News For You
for over ten years. So, is ti right for him to be sacked after trial by tabloid? Do we actually care what our T.V. presenters get up to after the cameras are turned off?
Gary Condit's wife suing the National Enquirer.
Condit. Tabloid. Condit. Tabloid. There's so much to hate in this story.... yay?
So it's finally come down to this.
E-content, 2002 style. Could there be any more conclusive proof that the dotcom era is over?
Joanne's beaus one thru four revealed.
Something which really exposes the underbelly of the football (soccer) world. Phone-in host and media guru Danny Baker
wrung some milleage a few years ago from a single caller over a number of months. Joanne
, a woman of generous virtue, was quietly working her way through the back four of a well known Premiereship football team, and calling Baker's saturday show both morning and evening revealing all but names in shocking yet hilarious detail.
The British tabloids and football chatrooms were ablaze with theories about who these four players were and also the two managers involved (one of which paid her £5000 to retain naked photos she had taken of him, lest a red-top get hold of them). Well now we finally know - and with all of Joannes calls collected together for the first time. [Real Audio
, streaming and download]