True or Not, National Enquirer Has Impact

Was he or wasn’t he?

Not only do I not know if O.J. Simpson was beaten and stabbed in the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada where he is serving up to 33 years for robbery and kidnapping and, except for not wanting anyone to be beaten and stabbed, I really don’t care.

But that’s what the Celeb Dirty Laundry says The National Enquirer is reporting in its March 11, 2013, issue. (Never mind that Celeb Dirty Laundry reported that on Feb. 28, 2012.)

Here’s the CDL headline.

O.J. Simpson Prison Riot Report: Attacked and Beaten – Stabbed With Shiv – Begs For His Life! – See more at:

The accompanying photograph of  TNE March 11, 2013, cover is at the top of this post.

I guess the this news is so far out into the future, it can’t be found on TNE’s own website. At least not on the magazine’s home page and not in any of the searches I did.

So did it really happen? Or was the supposed March 11 cover doctored? If so, it isn’t the first time an Enquirer photo was thought to be doctored.

It was just about 18 years ago that an Enquirer cover caught the eye of a Los Angeles  judge and prompted him to make a decision that profoundly affected the lives of 20 people for the next eight months.

Here’s an excerpt from the book I wrote about the trial that National Enquirer affected:

“Waiting in a checkout line, [Judge Lance] Ito found himself flanked by racks of blazing tabloid headlines and doctored photographs, including a highly prejudicial one of [O. J. Simpson’s ex-wife] Nicole Brown Simpson. At that point, he knew beyond a doubt that without sequestration there was no way jurors could avoid inflammatory and damaging exposure to the case.”

Do you think that judge had any other choice?

2 responses to “True or Not, National Enquirer Has Impact

  1. I am a Nevada DOC management level employee. There was no riot at Lovelock, no inmate has a big screen TV or hosts Super Bowl parties, and the rest is undoubtedly equally true. The only picture in the article that came from Lovelock is the photo of the facility from outside. The rest comes from other sources, including a West Virginia prison training exercise in 2009 that they tried to pass off as “caught on camera” on the cover. The part about OJ buying food from the prison store that most inmates can’t afford makes it obvious that they have never read a commissary list from one of our facilities. There aren’t any expensive items on them.

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