The weekly tabloid magazine made a sudden turn away from Trump-related covers over the summer. Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed the shift. Instead of covers that celebrated Trump and attacked his enemies, the Enquirer has been sticking with tried-and-true stories about celebrity scandals.
In other words, the Enquirer stopped being a part of Trump’s promotional media machine.
The Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., is controlled by David Pecker — a longtime friend of Trump’s.
American Media Inc. declined to comment on the cover choices on Wednesday.
But the change came at the same time when prosecutors in the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York zeroed in on Michael Cohen’s financial dealings with Pecker and American Media. It has now been established that Cohen worked with Pecker to set up a $150,000 payment to Karen McDougal before the 2016 election. The payment effectively silenced her, ensuring that her claims of an affair with Trump would not be made public.
On Wednesday, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for campaign-finance violations relating to McDougal and Stormy Daniels.
(Trump has denied having affairs with both McDougal and Daniels.)
But the revelations about the payments started to strain the Trump-Enquirer relationship many months ago.
In June, the Wall Street Journal reported that the prosecutors had subpoenaed records from the National Enquirer as part of the Cohen probe.
By then, the Trump-related covers had already stopped appearing.
This was a big change for the Enquirer. In 2016, anti-Hillary Clinton covers were a steady part of the Enquirer’s campaign coverage. Distorted and exaggerated stories about Clinton controversies had the added effect of pumping up Trump’s candidacy. After all, The Enquirer has always had prime placement at supermarkets.
One pre-election cover even promised an “explosive” anti-Clinton story “that will change the election.”
The anti-Clinton covers continued into 2017, joined by headlines that portrayed Trump as a resolute hero standing up to Clinton, Barack Obama, the FBI and other so-called enemies.
As recently as March 19, 2018, the cover said, “Surrounded by traitors!: Donald & Melania fight back!” The headline was subtitled, “Exposing the lies, leaks, & intimidation” and “How they’ll crush their enemies!”
In April, the FBI raided Cohen’s office, seizing documents and email related to Daniels. That same month, AMI released McDougal from a contract that kept her from talking about her alleged affair with Trump.
On May 7, 2018, the cover was devoted to tearing down Cohen, which is noteworthy in light of the later revelations about Cohen and Pecker’s collaboration.
“Trump fixer’s secrets and lies!,” read the headline. A small photo of Cohen appeared next to a big photo of Trump. The banner above them said, “payoffs and threats exposed.”
And that was it. The cover headlines about Trump suddenly stopped.
It is possible that the Trump-promoting covers simply stopped being a reader draw. The Enquirer is famously reactive to circulation trends, with editors who pay very close attention to which cover subjects sell more copies than others. But the timeline matches up exactly to the federal investigation.
Since May, only one story on the Enquirer’s web site has been tagged with Trump’s name, and it was about a past contestant on the “Celebrity Apprentice”television show.
So the president has lost one of his friendliest news sources — a magazine that previously propped him up and promoted his candidacy and presidency.
He appears to have lost a friend, as well. Pecker has declined to comment on Trump, but prosecutors said on Wednesday that American Media Inc. has helped with the investigation into Cohen.
This confirmed reports dating back to August that Pecker had been granted immunity. Numerous headlines have portrayed Pecker and the Enquirer as “flipping” on Trump.
The Southern District of New York said in a statement on Wednesday that its office “has agreed not to prosecute AMI for its role” in the $150,000 payment, as long as the company continues to cooperate.
Lifetime.Hosting Diamond Bundle 36 (Lifetime.Chat Special)Lifetime.Hosting Diamond 12 Plan,
Lifetime.Hosting Triple Up Upgrade to 36 websites with 36 gb storage,
12 Lifetime Domains,
Lifetime.Hosting Diamond Addon with unlimited SSL, priority backup protection and cPanel Migration
(plus 10 bonus domains)
ThemeMaker Live VIP MasterclassEXCLUSIVE 4 Week LIVE VIP Masterclass. Ask Me Questions, Exclusive Tips and Watch Me Build Sites With You In This Live Masterclass!
ShopABot Covert Commissions AnnualAutomatically monetize every new lead with our done for you, fully hosted and managed email subscription service. We'll create campaigns and send on your behalf day in, day out - earning you 100% handsfree affiliate income from every subscriber who joins
EasyTracks Super BundleEasyTracks Super Bundle contains a library of "elastic" soundtracks that you can use with Easy Audio Lab (included with each bundle) to create professional soundtracks that match the duration of your video quickly and easily! All EasyTracks are
AdSmartly DeluxeAdSmartly Is a NEW 1-CLICK SOFTWARE THAT CAPTURES Email Leads Of Clickers, Likers and Commenters Of Your FB Ads Instantly on Complete Autopilot Without a Landing Page or Optin Form.
Instazon Suite Elite MonthlyGet on top of your E-commerce game by tapping on Amazon, the website that reaches more than 300 million customers.
Do it with tool Instazon. Instazon is the world's most powerful Amazon marketing powerpack solution.
This comprehensive Amazon business t
AffiliateNinjaPro Premium-MembershipA Cloud Based App That Creates INSTANT 1-Click Profitable Affiliate Funnels to Build You a HUGE List and Gets Targeted Traffic and Affiliate Commissions on 100% Autopilot.
ProfitBuilder - LeadsFlow ProThe Ultimate SuperCharger for ProfitBuilder - LeadsFlow Pro Integrates, Tracks and Manages All Your Leads From One Simple Dashboard and Automates Major Parts of Your Business...
Instazon Traffic Combo (3App Bundle)This is a robust combination of pro versions of three of our most successful social media marketing products, Viral Reach, Credi Response and Site Contact.
Viral Reach is a powerful Facebook marketing automation software that keeps your Facebook pages s
SecureDash Reseller - UltimateGet UNLIMITED Reseller Rights To Take SecureDash And SELL UNLIMITED Copies Of It, Keep 100% Of Profits And Build A RECURRING INCOME Online!
Live Vid Ranker Commercial LicenseLiveVidRanker is a Revolutionary SaaS system using Never Before Seen Technologies... all helping you to do ONE THING very well.
That's getting Page 1 Rankings on YouTube and Google practically Instantly. =)
LaunchShark Volume 2 OTO 1Here's What You Get When You Purchase, 10 Quick Start Marketing Page Templates and training so you can deploy your first high converting squeeze page (perfect for building your first list if you don’t have one yet)...
Banner Cratea Treasure Chest of 300 Pro Banner Ad Templates with Developers Rights for Less than 3 Cents Each!
Channel Authority Builder 2 ELITE MonthlyChannel Authority Builder will find the right keywords, trending hashtags and top videos for your niche target. It will also give you detailed statistics of any channel that you desire.
Find out the number of views, subscribers, the total number of video
Content Marketing Revolution PLRThe New Opportunities That Can Skyrocket your Offline or Online Business Success and generate more income With "Content Marketing Revolution With PLR" In Just A Few Hours From Now. Get This Basic Package With Full Private Label Rights !!
Long Tail Pro Black Friday Annual Starter Plan Special OfferLong Tail Pro is the fastest, most effective way to find keywords that will help your website rank in search engines.
The Long Tail Pro Starter plan includes access to Long Tail Pro's entire suite of keyword research tools, including keyword lookups, re
ShopMozo - Premium MembershipDEAD SIMPLE 1-click cloud based Affiliate Store builder that uses the Power of Videos, SEO and Social Media to Automatically Add Affiliate Products from top E-Commerce giants
FN Magazine. Monthly [$17]Get the Ultimate tool for regular access to Internet Marketing Tips; Product Analysis and Advanced Articles from Top Marketers. Start your 30-day Free Trial now. $17 Monthly Thereafter. Cancel Anytime. [NOTE: The 1 Cent charge is to setup your Account]
VidSeoRank V3Vid Seo Rank is a Membership based training on New Seo Techniques for ranking high within the search enginges with Video
Channel Authority BuilderChannel Authority Builder will find the right keywords, trending hashtags and top videos for your niche target. It will also give you detailed statistics of any channel that you desire.
Find out the number of views, subscribers, total number of videos an
exPersona TemplatesexPersona Templates - A collection of templates specific to the day of the week for special offers
Pinflux Ace YearlyThe Pinflux Ace Version allows you to add 10 accounts and 15 boards. It provides you with a automation on various levels such as like and activity automation and niche target follow automation.
It can automatically search for powerful content from Pintere
Passion Blog ProOver 8 Hours of Over the shoulders, behind the scenes look at how a Real Entrepreneur Shows Everything About Affiliate Marketing and Blog Building Strategies To Generate A Recurring Income Online. Demetris Shares his exact blueprint and methods using min
InstaFlip360The Ultimate Website Flipping Guide + Video Course and Website Builder
Eazy Flyers OTO1So what is Eazy Flyers? Eazy Flyers is a huge bundle of 70 (FE) pro quality Local Business flyer templates that are easily edited using PowerPoint!
Vidkala - FE Premium UnlimitedCreate Viral Fb Videos With Trending Hashtags For Any Keyword In Under 60 SECONDS
To Get FREE Targeted Traffic
Grow Your Fb Pages on Complete AUTOPILOT With
Unlimited 100% REAL, Targeted FANS In Any Niche
Plus Create Auto-Sync Money-Making Video Sites
InboxBossInboxBoss is a software platform that automatically generates emails at the push of a button.
Stock Image PLR Firesale 2.0Stock image PLR Firesale 2.0 Comes with Private label Rights. That you can sell it under your own name and keep 100% profit.
GB Cracked OTO 2 Inner Circle GroupLearn How To Generate Your First Dollar Using Gearbubble Platform and Facebook Ads Following an Over The Shoulder's Proven Case Study.
This is Access to the VIP Inner Circle Group for one on one coaching where needed
TweetPush Elite MonthlyTweetpush lets you reply, retweet and engage with all your twitter account followers from one interface on automation. Tweetpush can get you marketing intelligence data and find you qualified leads by monitoring specialized keywords, hashtags for new twee
Converzly Email ForceWe know that EVERY BUSINESS needs a website… so yes this is a page builder, but it’s far superior than any other out there..
What if you could fill out a form or a questionnaire about you,, your business, your customers and the type of result you wanted.
Sales Like Hot Cakes Advance MembershipTURNKEY AMAZON + SHOPIFY SYSTEM: The Ultimate Step-By-Step Crash Course to get you from ZERO to $47,812 per month: All the TOOLS you need + A Team of Professionals ready to Guide You All the way to SUCCESS
UltraSuite - Moto Theme VIPUltraSuite-Moto theme Pro is an ultimate must have product which is a combination of :-
1) MemberShip Access where you get 225 WordPress themes
2) 5 Templates Added Every Month
3) PixelForest : 1000s of Graphics , Ads, Banners ready to use
SociDeck StarterSociDeck is a feature-packed social media management software that converts social conversations into conversions by allowing users to manage their 3 biggest social media accounts- Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at one place.
Memester Ace MonthlyMemester Ace can support 12 Facebook Groups. Facebook Groups support is not available in the elite version.
You also get the capability to work with higher caps.The Memester Ace Version can integrate with 25 Facebook Pages, 8 Facebook Profiles, 10 Twitt
IFL - GOLD Funnel Club - LITE (Discount)Instant Funnel Lab - The Newbie-Friendly, Cloud Based Software That Creates High-Quality Sales Funnels With Done For You Products You Can Sell In Just 60 Seconds
VidViral ProDownload and work with HD Videos (720p)
Add subtitle on footer instead of static text.
Add Border to Videos in any color/gradient
Add logo and watermark on the video.
Change BG Image
Video to gif app