Once upon a time, the National Enquirer was the poster child for everything that was wrong with tabloid journalism. It was leering and silly, frequently untrue or only marginally in line with the facts, and sold to the desperately bored or the bewilderingly dim in grocery stores.
But, now, it is a force to be feared. It plays a role in American elections, and you can always count on it for a viciously anti-Obama headline. Indeed, in the last few years, it seems to have made a habit of going after the Obama-daughters, which hardly seems fair.
Why the subpoena? Well, it seems to have to do with Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, who may or may not have coordinated with the Enquirer with the payment of hush money to Stormy Daniels and, potentially, other of Trump’s sexual partners as well.
This is not to say that American Media is actually accused of any wrong-doing. But, still, it will be fun to watch the National Enquirer get a bit of an airing.
As an aside, if you’re of a certain age, you’ll recall that the Enquirer used to have a TV commercial whose tagline was, “Inquiring minds want to know.”
Well, wonder how it feels to find that Mr. Mueller has the most Inquiring mind of all.