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How would this tabloid technique be called in Fleet Street?
posted by OctopusRex to Writing & Language (3 answers total)
Suppose something of considerable impact happens to a celebrity. Tabloids jump in the fray, trying to get quotes from everybody involved. They manage to get interviews with everybody involved, but celebrity won't budge and plays hide and seek. Without a reaction from the celebrity, the story can't get closure.
Tabloids react by grossly misrepresenting facts about celebrity to force a reaction, playing both sides of the game. Lettering "SHOCKING STUFF ABOUT CELEB X" on the front page and at the same time leaving him/her messages, urging him/her to "get your side of the story out and set all the lies straight".
Please don't give me "best guesses". I'm actually trying to get the trade name/slang for this type of behavior.
If you have a somewhat objective list of all the sleazy techniques that the tabloids use in order to get stories, please share.