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The National Enquirer’s Fervor for Trump, by Jeffrey Toobin. (The New Yorker, 7/3/2017)
Throughout the 2016 Presidential race, the Enquirer embraced Trump with sycophantic fervor. The magazine made its first political endorsement ever, of Trump, last spring. Cover headlines promised, “donald trump’s revenge on hillary & her puppets” and “top secret plan inside: how trump will win debate!” The publication trashed Trump’s rivals, running a dubious cover story on Ted Cruz that described him as a philanderer and another highly questionable piece that linked Cruz’s father to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Trump's Pecker: How the president's friendship with American Media CEO gilded Trump's way to the White House. (Newsweek, 7/1/2017)
David Pecker, CEO of American Media, which publishes the Enquirer and several other similar titles, is a long-standing friend of the president. In a recent feature in the New Yorker, a former reporter at the supermarket tabloid claimed that negative stories about Trump were frequently spiked.