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Enquirer, Hillary is quoted bad mouthing the Vice-President wife, Tipper Gore. She was quoted to say that Tipper was a ?moron? and that she is ?intellectually inferior?. Tipper has nothing good to say about Mrs. Clinton as well. The most popular subject with Mrs. Gore would of course be President Clinton?s numerous sexual infidelities as well as the accusations of affairs by Mrs. Clinton. Mrs. Clinton has had to deal with a lot of ridicule from the media when it comes to her husband. Along with the public bad-mouthing from Tipper, Kathie Lee Gifford put her thoughts in when it came to the president?s escapades. But, she did not say what you think she did. She gave Mrs. Clinton nothing but support in these trash sheets. In the October 26, 2000 edition of the National Enquirer,

Gifford states, ?(Hillary) dealt with it the right way — privately. Her own way.? This is what you do not often see in many tabloids, positive reinforcement for politicians and their spouses. Not only are the actual politicians and their spouses put under public scrutiny by these papers, but their children are placed in the spotlight as well. Gore?s daughter was ridiculed in the September 9, 2000 issue of the National Enquirer for her wild past while in high school and college. Former classmates at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., recalled how Karenna was often at the center of pot-smoking and drinking gatherings. Seeing the ridicule that these articles posted about Ms. Gore it seemed out of line that in the paragraphs to follow they praise her decision to get

married to a successful doctor as well as her knack for the political world. In the American Journal Review for the week of November 28, 2000 the tabloids were torn apart by one of the staff writers, Darcie Lunsford. She noted their negative affect on the way that the American public looks at politics. Ms. Lunsford is not the only writer who would note the affects that tabloids have on the American publics view of political office. Howard Kurtz, a staff writer for the Washington Post, also wrote of his disapproval of the ways that tabloids seem to portray politicians. His article outlined how politicians try to keep in line so that the tabloids will not rip them apart on a public stage. Seeing that people usually vote on name recognition, the tabloids have a large affect as part

of the media. Most people, while standing in line, will draw their own conclusions solely based on the headlines. To understand the full affect that tabloids have on public opinion, we must first understand the affects that media truly has on America. America is controlled mainly by the media and our opinions. Our viewpoints are more likely parallel to the opinions of the media than anything else. Media plays a very important part in our society. Since the majority of the American people don’t fully research issues, they rely heavily on the media to bring them the story, however different sources of media are important if one wants to excel and become knowledgeable on critical issues. It is the media that controls the nation, it is the media that selects the agenda, it is the

media that helps to educate, inform, and sensationalize. It can safely be said that politics is a type of a theatrical performance. In our modern world winning an election is based on image and performer, the best performer usually wins. Some people are not interested in news and politics because they have difficulty watching and understanding this political movie. The political movie takes place within the media, on television, the radio and in print. Media’s job is to inform. We are not against the tabloids quest for profit, but it is our opinion that when the media, the informer, promotes untrue stories to catch ratings, it can be seen as dishonest. What is the point of having a teacher who is interested in making money and forgetting about the most important thing, which is

to educate the children? In a nation that is so dependent on the media, it must be their duty to properly supply us with correct information. We are not alone on this argument. The restriction of such tabloid press is exemplified in various countries. For example thousands of stores across Canada have pulled copies of The Enquirer off their shelves after uncouth stories were published of Princess Diana?s elicit love affairs so soon after her death. Going one step further, in Iran there was a temporary ban placed on six of the countries major tabloids. These examples have shown that the undignified press found in such tabloids will not be tolerated in other countries, proving that many people feel the negative affects such magazines have on public opinion. In conclusion, the