For more than 60 years, the National Enquirer has pumped out salacious and shocking stories that catch the eye of even the most unwilling grocery-store customer, stretch the limits of journalism, and blur the lines between truth and fiction.
This wildly entertaining documentary takes on the infamous tabloid by probing the ways in which its publishers’ prescient grasp of our darkest curiosities has led to massive profits and widespread influence. Its coverage of Elvis’s death, Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky’s affair, and the O.J. Simpson murder trial, among other things, impacted American culture and politics; at the same time, allegations of payoffs, blackmail, and suppressed reportage have kept turning up like bad pennies.
With access to rare archival footage and revelations as wild as the paper’s headlines, director Mark Landsman examines our infatuation with the rich, famous, and powerful while exposing the truth behind the tabloid that has fed those obsessions for generations of Americans.
Sponsored by Metro State University - Department of Journalism and Media Production
Producer: Aengus James, Colin King Miller, Landsman, Jennifer Ash Rudick, Kristen Vaurio