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Tabloid journalism is a style of "journalism that emphasizes "sensational crime stories, "gossip columns about celebrities and sports stars, extreme political views from one perspective, "junk food news and "astrology. Although it is associated with "tabloid-size newspapers, not all newspapers associated with tabloid journalism are tabloid size, and not all tabloid-size newspapers engage in tabloid journalism. Tabloid journalism often concerns itself with rumors about the private lives of celebrities. In some cases, celebrities have successfully sued for "libel, demonstrating that tabloid stories have defamed them. An equivalent US term is "yellow journalism.

Notable publications engaging in tabloid journalism include the "National Enquirer, "National Examiner, and "Globe in North America; and the "Daily Mail, "Daily Express, "Daily Mirror, "Daily Star, "Daily Record, "Sunday Mail, "The Sun and the former "News of the World in the United Kingdom.


Supermarket tabloids[edit]

In the United States and Canada, "supermarket tabloids" are large, national versions of these tabloids, usually published weekly. They are named for their prominent placement along the checkout lines of "supermarkets. Supermarket tabloids are particularly notorious for the over-the-top sensationalizing of stories, the facts of which can often be called into question.[1] These tabloids—such as "The Globe and "The National Enquirer—often use aggressive and usually mean-spirited tactics to sell their issues. Unlike regular tabloid-format newspapers, supermarket tabloids are distributed through the magazine distribution channel, similarly to other weekly magazines and mass-market paperback books. Leading examples include The National Enquirer, "Star, "Weekly World News (itself a parody of the style), and the "Sun. Most major supermarket tabloids in the U.S. are published by "American Media, Inc., including "The National Enquirer, "Star, "The Globe, and "National Examiner.

A major event in the history of U.S. supermarket tabloids was the successful libel lawsuit by "Carol Burnett against "The National Enquirer ("Carol Burnett v. National Enquirer, Inc.), arising out of a false 1976 report in The National Enquirer, implying she was drunk and boisterous in a public encounter with U.S. Secretary of State "Henry Kissinger. Though its impact is widely debated, it is generally seen as a significant turning point in the relations between celebrities and tabloid journalism, increasing the willingness of celebrities to sue for libel in the U.S., and somewhat dampening the recklessness of U.S. tabloids.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] Other celebrities have attempted to sue tabloid magazines for libel and slander including "Richard Simmons in 2017 [9] and "Phil McGraw in 2016.[8] Both McGraw and Simmons sued "The National Enquirer, but only McGraw was successful, winning $250 million.[8]

Tabloids may pay for stories. Besides "scoops meant to be headline stories, this can be used to censor stories damaging to the paper's allies. Known as "catch and kill", tabloid newspapers may pay someone for the exclusive rights to a story, then choose not to run it.[10] Publisher American Media has been accused of burying stories embarrassing to "Arnold Schwarzenegger,[11] "Donald Trump,[12] and "Harvey Weinstein.[13]

Red tops[edit]

Tabloid newspapers in the "United Kingdom, collectively called "the tabloid press", tend to be simply and sensationally written and to give more prominence than broadsheets to "celebrities, sports, crime stories, and even "hoaxes. They also take political positions on news stories: ridiculing politicians, demanding resignations, and predicting election results.

The term "red tops" refers to British tabloids with red "mastheads (American English term is "nameplate), such as "The Sun, the "Daily Star, the "Daily Mirror, and the "Daily Record.[14]

Given the associations with the word tabloid in Britain, it is often not applied to newspapers such as "The Times or "The Independent that have adopted the physical format of a tabloid, having previously been broadsheets.

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  2. ^ Scott, Vernon, "Carol Burnett launches trial balloon,", March 22, 1981, "United Press International (UPI), retrieved January 1, 2017.
  3. ^ Lindsey, Robert, "Carol Burnett given 1.6 million in suit against National Enquirer,", March 27, 1981, "The New York Times, retrieved January 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "How the Supermarket Tabloids Stay Out of Court," January 4, 1991, "The New York Times, retrieved January 1, 2017.
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  7. ^ Beam, Alex, "Tabloid Law," Part 2 of two parts, August, 1999, "The Atlantic Monthly, retrieved January 1, 2017.
  8. ^ a b c Andrews, Travis M., "Dr_ Phil and wife Robin sue the National Enquirer for $250 million, citing defamation," July 14, 2016, "The Washington Post, retrieved January 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Richard Simmons v the Nation Enquirer". Scribd. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  10. ^ Sullivan, Margaret (November 5, 2016). "'Catch and kill' at National Enquirer gives media one last black eye before election". "The Washington Post. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  11. ^ Nicholas, Peter; Hall, Carla (August 12, 2005). "Tabloid's Deal With Woman Shielded Schwarzenegger". "Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  12. ^ Palazzolo, Joe; Rothfield, Michael; Alpert, Lukas (November 4, 2016). "National Enquirer Shielded Donald Trump From Playboy Model's Affair Allegation". "The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  13. ^ Twohey, Megan; Kantor, Jodi; Dominus, Susan; Rutenberg, Jim; Eder, Steve (December 6, 2017). "Weinstein's Complicity Machine". "The New York Times. Retrieved December 6, 2017. 
  14. ^ Stephen Brook, press correspondent (6 December 2007). "Red-tops on the rise, survey shows". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 April 2012. 


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