When In Touch Weekly published an interview of which week having a porn actress who claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump, of which created another firestorm for the White House to put out.
The story also opened a brand new front from the gossip wars surrounding of which president.
of which’s because In Touch’s interview with the actress — Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is actually Stormy Daniels — ran in stark contrast to various other tabloid coverage of of which presidency. The National Enquirer has been firmly in Trump’s corner. So has TMZ.
The Enquirer is actually owned by American Media Inc., a publisher of several supermarket tabloids including Star. American Media’s chairman, David Pecker, is actually a longtime personal friend of Trump’s.
“Pecker does develop the power through his media properties to influence public opinion,” said Stu Zakim, a public relations executive who worked at AMI for three years. “Donald being the media manipulator of which he is actually — of which’s a perfect friendship.”
AMI did not respond to sy88pgw’s request for comment.
There’s a similar dynamic at work at TMZ, whose founder along with managing editor, Harvey Levin, is actually also tight with Trump. along with those relationships have seemingly shaped the way the National Enquirer along with TMZ have approached of which presidency.
Veterans of the tabloid scene say of which In Touch, which is actually owned by Bauer Publishing, is actually governed by different principles. Bauer bills itself as the “#1 seller of magazines at retail from the country,” along with its portfolio includes Life&Style along with Woman’s World.
“Bauer is actually the antithesis of AMI,” said Zakim. “Bauer has always been much quieter. They’re a German company. They don’t have a real preference here. They just put out magazines. They were never about celebrity editors. There’s no political agenda. They’re just there to make money.”
In a statement to sy88pgw, a spokeswoman for Bauer said, “We can’t speak to various other outlets’ decisions on how along with if they cover President Trump, nevertheless In Touch’s reporting is actually guided by facts, wherever they may lead.”
The company can likely expect a windfall by its latest issue. In Touch suddenly found itself in possession of a premium exclusive after the Wall Street Journal reported last week of which Trump’s lawyer had paid Clifford $130,000 prior to the 2016 election to keep her by speaking publicly about her alleged relationship with the president. (Both Trump along with Daniels have denied “any such occurrence” in a statement Cohen made to sy88pgw.)
nevertheless In Touch had already spoken to Clifford in 2011. With the publication of the interview of which week, there has been intense interest in why the tabloid did not publish their interview in 2011. The Associated Press reported Friday of which Trump’s personal lawyer had threatened to sue the tabloid if they published the interview, according to four sources who used to work for In Touch. The sources could not speak on the record because they were not authorized to discuss In Touch’s editorial policies. Neither Trump nor his lawyer have responded to sy88pgw’s requests for comment.
The years-old interview is actually at of which point one of the most talked-about stories from the country. of which is actually also decidedly different by what has appeared from the Enquirer along with various other AMI properties.
“If the Clintons were in office along with Pecker had the same type of story of which In Touch is actually publishing, he would certainly have put of which on all of his magazines,” Zakim said.
In fact, the Enquirer reportedly buried one similar story about Trump. The Journal reported in 2016 of which the Enquirer forked over $150,000 to a former Playboy playmate for the rights to her story about her alleged affair with Trump, nevertheless of which the Enquirer never published the story. The Enquirer, the Journal suggested, had done something “known from the tabloid world as ‘catch along with kill'” — paying for a story producing sure of which of which would certainly not run.
The Wall Street Journal reported of which they said the payment was for Clifford to “write fitness columns along with appear on magazine covers.”
In recent years, the Enquirer has run stories favorable to Trump, along with attacking his perceived enemies.
Last year, MSNBC co-hosts Joe Scarborough along with Mika Brzezinski claimed of which the White House threatened to run a hit piece on them from the Enquirer. In June of 2017, the Enquirer did run a negative story about the pair, though the top editor said the publication had “no knowledge of any discussions between the White House along with Joe along with Mika about our story, along with absolutely no involvement in those discussions.”
On Twitter, Trump called the story “FAKE NEWS.”
Trump has cited the National Enquirer to help bolster his arguments, like he did during the 2016 Republican primaries when he alluded to a widely-discredited story from the tabloid of which linked Ted Cruz’s father to John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
along with Trump has long been an admirer of TMZ’s Levin, who reportedly met with the president from the Oval Office last year. Levin couldn’t be reached for comment after multiple attempts. Like sy88pgw, TMZ’s parent company is actually Time Warner.
Last year, after the comedian Kathy Griffin participated in a photo shoot of which included a decapitated head fashioned to look like Trump, TMZ cited “family sources” who said the president’s son, Barron Trump, initially thought of which the graphic images were real.
On Friday, TMZ ran a story under the headline: “Porn Star Stormy Daniels Keeps Cashing in on Trump Scandal.” The National Enquirer, meanwhile, has appeared to ignore the story altogether — although of which could change soon.
“I’d anticipate the Enquirer will come out along with trash Stormy Daniels eventually,” Zakim said.
sy88pgw (brand new York) First published January 19, 2018: 9:05 PM ET