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  •  interesting how it stopped (7+ / 0-)

    after a 94-year-old woman got inhalation anthrax from her junk mail. Keep in mind that the person(s) who plotted and executed the attacks thought postal workers, Democrats, and tabloid staff were expendable. "Fair game," to borrow a phrase from Karl Rove. But by the time Ottilie Lundgren died, America got the point -- and Colin Powell could hold up a vial of anthrax a few months later in front of the U.N., to make his case against Saddam.

    Funny that the anthrax terrorists came after the tabloids first, particularly the tabloid which first dared to talk about Jenna's partying (and which published the famous "falling down drunk" photo). But the tabloids have rebounded in the second term. Check out all of the current talk about Bush being an active alcoholic and about the terrible rift in the marriage, which The Globe is going full-throttle on these days. They wouldn't be doing it if they didn't have rock solid sources, sources in the White House who have spoken under oath and who have been paid for their assistance. (I know that because I know a bit about the tabloid business.)

    For what it's worth, there is a working assumption within Schwarzenegger's office that Bush is currently drinking, and that various private and personal interventions have failed with him. Yes, it's a working assumption, the premise on which California conducts its business with Washington.

    •  Not so sure about the Globe, but (6+ / 0-)

      the National Enquirer seems to be one of the few remaining sources of investigative journalism -- in the areas it chooses to cover -- in the country.  Now how perverse is that?!

      •  it's absolutely fascinating how the tabs work (4+ / 0-)

        One legacy of the OJ trial is the way paid journalistic sources are locked into statements (and paid). These arrangements have been tested, in public and in private. There is an art to negotiating them.

        The Globe is a far cry from the Weekly World News. In fact, it has come after Bush in waves -- this is not the first story on the subject of Bush's drinking and the couple's troubled marriage. If you read this week's issue carefully, you will see how the Globe has ratcheted up the stakes, and has begun to justify its sourcing by hinting of a tell-all memoir in the works, that the sourcing is very high, etc. That's code for we've locked in our witnesses, and you better know we're not bullshitting. (Whether the source really is in the Administration, why, that's another story.)

        Look at the track record, how airtight stories like this have been for the past decade. How many successful suits against the tabs have you seen? There's a reason for that. And obviously, the Bush drinking story has more than one witness.

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