Lou gets into hot water when the paper is sued for libel after writing a scathing story on a supermarket tabloid.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Howard Gunther
George Lester
Janet Hart
Clive Whitcomb
Dean Santoro ...
Marvin Hartley
Jerry Hollister
Irena Ferris ...
Monica Daniels


Lou gets into hot water when the paper is sued for libel after writing a scathing story on a supermarket tabloid.

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8 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Art Donovan: [after hanging up his phone] Well, somebody liked our story on the Spectator.
Lou Grant: You, eh, plan to take them all to lunch or just the ones that sound cute?
Art Donovan: That was Kelly Morrow, the TV star. You know the one that's on that show about the big family in Oklahoma City that owns all the oil wells? Where everybody is trying to stab everybody else in the back? She's the sexy one.
Lou Grant: Everyone's the sexy one.
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Tabloid business
14 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great episode that examines the relationship between serious journalism and sensationalism, as exemplified by the tabloids. It's interesting how all these years later, decades after this episode was produced, we are still dealing with the problems of supermarket tabloids. A reference is made to Jackie Onassis in the episode. Of course for modern day readers, different celebrity targets would be the ones reporters are tracking for a story. The name of the tabloid newspaper in the episode is The National Spectator, obviously an allusion to The National Enquirer, which is still in business. The use of big names to sell stories and the actions of paparazzi who infringe on the privacy of famous people is no different today then it was back then.

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