Wednesday, January 18, 2023

When you're desperate for attention, mistakes happen

 Today's supermarket tabloids are costing roughly about $7 per copy. Small wonder, then, that long running rags like the National Enquirer, which has been sued in the past, most famously by Carol Burnett, for fabricating stories, are still inventing stories in order to goose sales. Publisher David Pecker's American Media needs to be sent a case of copies of the works of George Santayana after this latest gaffe.

Turns out the Enquirer was barking up the wrong tree in trying to claim there were issues between Law & Order: Special Victims Unit co-star Ice-T and Law & Order: Organized Crime star Christopher Meloni. Both actors stepped forward to debunk the rumors of a non-existent feud.

File photo courtesy Yahoo! via NBC-Universal.

Ice-T, a NAACP Image winner for SVU and a Grammy winning rapper, basically referred to the tabloid as clowns. Can't say that I'd blame him. The success of news parodies like The Daily Show, and "opinion" hosts on Fox No News like Tucker Carlson, have made the tabloids all but obsolete. And certain right wing bloviators want to defame legitimate news outlets such as NBC & CNN as "fake"? At least they do actual reporting and research. Something the Enquirer and its ilk stopped doing a while ago.

So far, American Media hasn't come forward to retract their claims. Their loss.

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