Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer
Now In Theatres. Scandalous leads viewers on a wild ride through the larger-than-life pages of the National Enquirer, highlighting the infamous publication’s lasting impact in the arenas of journalism, business, and politics. After purchasing the New York Enquirer in the 1950s with funds supplied by reputed mob boss Frank Costello, Generoso Pope, Jr. renamed his new publication the National Enquirer. Scandalous explores how Pope, Jr. turned the struggling sporting newspaper into a grocery store tabloid success — its pages filled with scandal, gossip, medical oddities, conspiracy theories, and paparazzi photos. Presented through a combination of never-before-seen archival footage and present-day interviews, Scandalous examines how the Enquirer transformed American culture, including the impact of its sharp turn into partisan politics, or why a tabloid marketed to ‘Missy Smith in Kansas City’ began catching and killing stories to protect powerful men.
Director Mark Landsman