The affects of tabloids on politics

In today’s society the media usually dictates the way that we view public
figures. These figures include anyone who is in the public eye whether it
between musicians, actors, athletes or politicians. Politicians spend much of
their time in the spotlight due to the fact that their public exposure, or
over-exposure, is usually what is responsible for their current position in the
political scheme.

Tabloids are part of our American popular culture. Whether we are on line at
the supermarket, in a pharmacy, or department store, these outrageous scandals,
which are uncovered by the press everyday, are staring us in the face. These
papers make their profits by publishing the stories which are not fit to print
in the accredited papers as well as the gossip which is not yet confirmed.

The political world is very much affected by this form of press. If someone
had a choice of a story which highlighted Clintons foreign policy or a story
which outlined the Presidents sexual escapades, which one do you think that they
would choose? We all know that scandals draw a lot more attention than almost
any form of media by playing on the public appetite for controversy.

There are three major tabloids in print which are widely read, the Star, the
National Enquirer and Weekly World News. All three of these magazines have
featured stories that represent the president in a questionable light and put
pressure on him for answers to many accused scandals.

Over the years the tabloids have brought out the worst part of American
politics. They have shown the side of politicians that you are not supposed to
see, the skeletons that they hide in their closets. These “scandal sheets”
have uncovered things that the public would have never found out. On the other
hand, if you catch them on an off day, they might actually print emotional
stories which show a good perspective on the politician.

However, most of the stories that are run within the tabloids happen to be
stories of deceit that happen to show how that public official is a liar or a
cheat. One of the most popular tabloid stories in the past couple of years is
about Monica Lewinsky, who had an affair with our President, within the oval
office. All in all this was a big blow to the president seeing that he was under
scrutiny with the American public for quite sometime. However, the media did not
tarnish the image of Ms. Lewinsky to badly: she is making more money now than
she was as a White House intern. In the September 26, 2000 issue of the National
Enquirer, Monica speaks out concerning the whole situation as well as revealing
that she will be hosting her own shown on a British television station named “Post
Cards with Monica”.

An article appeared in the November 16, 1998, edition of The Polling Report.
The article, which was written by Richard A. Brody, featured important data that
shows the affects that the tabloids do have on the political scheme. Brody
reported that the September 13, 1998 Washington Post/ABC News Poll found that
77% of the public rejected the notion that the President had "high personal
and ethical standards.” This is one way to look at the whole situation. Yes,
indeed the whole Clinton scandal did have a large affect on the way that the
American public viewed Clintons morals, but Brody found something even more
interesting. In another Washington Post/ABC poll found that after the scandal
the percentage of people who thought that President Clinton looked out for and
understood their problems raised from 54.9% to 58.9%. So in fact the scandal did
not really have that much of an affect on people thoughts on his leadership
qualities.

Although, not all of the stories within the tabloids are damaging towards the
president. Hillary Clinton, the president’s wife, has also been a popular
topic in the tabloids. In the October 16, 2000 edition of the National Enquirer,
Hillary is quoted bad mouthing the Vice-President wife, Tipper Gore. She was
quoted to say that Tipper was a “moron” and that she is “intellectually
inferior”. Tipper has nothing good to say about Mrs. Clinton as well. The most
popular subject with Mrs. Gore would of course be President Clinton’s numerous
sexual infidelities as well as the accusations of affairs by Mrs. Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton has had to deal with a lot of ridicule from the media when it
comes to her husband. Along with the public bad-mouthing from Tipper, Kathie Lee
Gifford put her thoughts in when it came to the president’s