November 16, 2005

Should We Trust the Enquirer?

Hmmm… Kevin Drum says the National Enquirer is "not exactly the most trusted name in news." Yet a while back, Jack Shafer claimed that the Enquirer is actually extremely accurate, and has a very rigorous fact-checking process. Who's right? Think of it this way: no magazine one runs a greater risk of getting sued for libel than the Enquirer, so one would assume they make sure everything is at least technically accurate, when carefully parsed. And unlike, say, the New York Times, the Enquirer is willing to "burn" misleading sources by not paying them for any more stories. And they did get the "Rush Limbaugh is a drug addict" story right...
-- Brad Plumer 12:33 AM || ||