From the penny press, to yellow journalism, to supermarket tabloids and beyond, sensationalized news has been around for centuries. But while this style of reporting may have its critics, it may also serve as an important reflection of American culture and democracy.
This hour we speak with journalists and historians about the evolution and influence of tabloid journalism. We'll also discuss the alleged connection between President Trump and various tabloid publications, the true nature of which continues to unfold.
- David Sachsman - George R. West, Jr. Chair of Excellence in Communication and Public Affairs and Professor of Communication at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; author of Sensationalism: Murder, Mayhem, Mudslinging, Scandals, and Disasters in 19th-Century Reporting
- Andy Piascik - Connecticut journalist and historian; award winning author of several books including In Motion
- Marlise Kast-Myers - Writer, former undercover reporter for Globe, and author of Tabloid Prodigy: Dishing the Dirt, Getting the Gossip, and Selling My Soul in the Cutthroat World of Hollywood Reporting
- Lachlan Cartwright - Senior reporter at The Daily Beast and formerly the Executive Editor of the National Enquirer (@LachCartwright)
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on June 5, 2018.