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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Howard Gunther
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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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Billie Newman: And what about the photographs? I, I have glanced through several copies of the Spectator, and I noticed he always uses the most unflattering photos he could find.
Clive Whitcomb: [laughs] Yes, the Rembrandt of Bad Lighting.
[another short burst of laughter]
Clive Whitcomb: He could make a beauty queen look like Quasimodo.
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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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