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Tabloids And Propaganda Essay

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Tabloids and Propaganda

Statement of Problem
"Tabloids and Propaganda, Are all of the tabloids true, or are they false? Or do they have some truth to them?" These questions ponder the minds of the readers of these pieces of journalism when they read them. They often wonder if they are truthful for there are many lawsuits that seem to say that they aren't. I tend to wonder myself as well. I constantly see the Supermarket tabloids at newsstands or at supermarkets themselves and I tend to wonder whether or not they are real. The cover itself throws me off though. Most of the time I see a famous couple with a headline for example saying "Brad and Gwyneth are together again...behind Jennifer's back!" Sometimes the story itself seems to unreal to be true however people still buy the magazine. Most of the time just for entertainment. The people want an inside glimpse into a star's life and this is one of the closest ways to find out. Maybe with my research I'll be able to find out whether or not the tabloids are real or just plain fake.

Need for Study
I feel that my need to study this topic is because everyone seems to assume that all of tabloids are false. However I believe that maybe not 100% of the tabloids are false....maybe just 95%. Tabloids are believed to all be fraudulent pieces of work used to give more publicity to the magazine. People are known to listen and believe rumors, and that's what most of tabloids are believed to produce...rumors. My theory is that the people (reporters) who work to get the story for the magazine embellish on the facts that they get from their sources. Or it could be that the sources may be just trying to sell a made-up story so they could make a profit which only benefit them and not the entertainers themselves. However maybe some of these reporters actually have hearts and consciences and write the real truth.

Research Questions
My first question would have to be: "Are there any truthful reporters in the tabloid business?" If I do find the answer to this question then I will be surprised. It seems that if there are honest reporters, and they are not making up the stories, then it will be a harsh reality to the readers, for most of them use the tabloids as a source of entertainment and they tend to not take them seriously.
My second question would be: "Where do the reporters find their stories?" Most avid readers and haters of the tabloids industry tend to believe that the stories just pop into the writers and reporters minds and they are matter how spontaneous and absurd the story may be. They tend to believe that the more outrageous the story is the more publicity and money the magazine will get.
My third and most important question would be: "Are all tabloids false or do some have some truth?" This is the biggest question of them all for this is the one I hope to answer when I am done researching.

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