Kim Jong-un is dead, Prince Andrew is broke, and Kobe Bryant killed himself, in this week’s dubious tabloids

Like a third-rate children’s party magician who’s given up caring, this week’s tawdry tabloids indulge in some heavy-handed misdirection.

Roy Horn lives, China lied, and Murder Hornets Swarm America, in this week’s dubious tabloids

Great news for Las Vegas entertainer Roy Horn, who has made a “miracle recovery" from his "COVID deathbed!” according to this week’s ‘National Enquirer.’

Do the tabloids deserve a government bailout? This week’s dubious offerings make a poor case for their survival.

It’s easy to miss the days of Bat Boy, Hillary Clinton’s adopted alien baby and Bigfoot’s love slave.

Daily Mail fakes own historical front pages

Just a few days ago, UK tabloid The Daily Mail was caught fabricating a photograph of a famous athlete breaking coronavirus lockdown rules. It has a history of crude photoshop work passed off as news photography, but its latest effort is one for the ages: it fabricated its own coverage of Hitler's and Mussolini's deaths.

"Is it me or is this extremely weird: the Daily Mail forging its *own* archival front pages?" writes Huw Lemmey on Twitter. "Here's the one they say shows "Extraordinary Daily Mail pages from the day Adolf Hitler died 70 years ago this week" - and here's the actual one from same date."

This is a good example of what I said last time: it's not a conspiracy or, in this case, a conscious attempt to lie about a specific fact. Fabricating content is simply the content formula of The Daily Mail. The old newspaper page isn't optimized for present-day consumption, so they just made a new old page. The notion that this is inappropriate would be inconceivable to the people doing it, and criticism of it incomprehensible. They simply do not live in a world where those standards mean anything.

Of course, the newspaper openly supported fascism. Contrary to its new version of its old front page, Hitler's death was not an outcome The Daily Mail was praying for.

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Why tabloid reporters are like Donald Trump

Tabloid reporters are very much like America’s Commander in Chief: They don’t need to get bogged down with research or trouble themselves with accurate information, because they simply know stuff. They have what the president, a self-confessed “stable genius," calls "a natural ability."

UK tabloid Daily Mail fabricated photo of athlete breaking social distancing rules

The Daily Mail, a UK tabloid, ran a story accusing British athlete James Cracknell of breaking social distancing rules in a visit with his parents. It illustrated this with the above photograph, showing Cracknell sat inches from his father. The Daily Mail, however, fabricated this image by photoshopping what Cracknell actually posted, below. The real photo was, in fact, a humorous illustration of the social distancing measures the Daily Mail accused Cracknell of breaking.

The blatant, pervasive, smirking fakeness of UK newspaper reportage is one of those things that everyone accepts but never quite groks. It's not just the occasional photo, but the basic formula for content generation. Even editors who take it too far, such as Piers Morgan, tend to fail upward after a perfunctory moment of disgrace.

In this case, the defense upon which the Mail depends is that Cracknell's visit was still against the rules. The fact of this isn't clear, as Cracknell claims he bought them food, but this defense works with Britons delighted to be thusly policed. Read the rest

Royals Clash, Clooneys divorce, and Jacko’s rotten feet in this week’s fact-challenged tabloids

If it’s in this week’s tabloids, chances are it didn’t happen.

Coronavirus can make you fat, the Queen is still dying, and a sex tape nightmare, in this week’s dubious tabloids

In times of national crisis, it’s reassuring to know that the tabloids will always give you the facts you need for survival, no matter how unpalatable.

His Royal High-ness Prince Harry’s Pot Farm, and stars with only months to live, in this week’s dubious tabloids

With Hollywood shuttered, movie and TV production shut down, red carpet events cancelled and coronavirus keeping celebrities behind closed doors, there’s not a lot of material for the tabloids to be working with this week - but that doesn’t stop them from making it all up.

Worst Royal crisis ever spells the end of the monarchy, in this week’s dubious tabloids

Is the coronavirus behind the fevered imaginations supplying the plots for this week’s tawdry tabloids?

A beheaded tot, isolated stars, and cure coronavirus with herbs, in last week’s dubious tabloids

If evidence were ever needed that the tabloids are making it up as they go along, this week’s coverage of Prince Harry and wife Meghan serves the purpose.

Coronavirus is the new black. COVID-19 hits the stars and the Royals in this week’s dubious tabloids

It’s the celebrity coronavirus edition in this week’s tabloids.

Coronavirus cured (again), Britain’s Royals clash (again) and the woman who pees alcohol (unprecedented) in this week’s dubious tabloids

In the face of a pandemic of facts, tabloid reporters appear to be self-quarantining to avoid all contact with reality.

Unstoppable plague, Doomsday is here, and Cruel Meghan, in this week’s dubious tabloids

If you weren’t yet panicking about the coronavirus, this week’s tabloids will have you stocking up on Depends adult underwear, toilet tissue and face-masks.

Your dollar bills could kill you, and Prince Andrew tries to kill himself, in this week’s dubious tabloids.

If Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan really want to attain the financial independence they desire, they could do worse than launching a weekly Royal Scandal magazine.

An Epstein tell-all, a vengeful Queen wannabe, and Harry & Meghan’s final insult, in this week’s dubious tabloids

There’s often a logical disconnect between stories and the world they purport to represent in the tabloids, and this week’s offerings are no exception.

Prince Harry begs forgiveness, the Queen shops Prince Andrew to the Feds, and Kirstie Alley’s secret life, in this week’s dubious tabloids

Like sands through an hourglass are the days of Royal lives, as this week’s tabloids continue the gripping saga of the bold and the beautiful behind palace doors.

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