It's not often that I get to link to a popular site like Gawker, but this story, which asks "Which Tabloids Lie the Most?" jumped out at me. Gawker put some interns to work analyzing 20 months worth of stories in 5 popular scandal sheets, to create a Tabloid Reality Index:
We looked at five types of falsifiable rumors—break-ups, pregnancies, marriages, engagements, adoptions, and reconciliations—published in Us Weekly, Star, Life & Style, In Touch, and OK! from the beginning of 2009 through the first eight months of 2010. (America's biggest celebrity glossy, People, publishes so few unconfirmed rumors—and instead relies on scoops that have been spoon-fed by publicists—that we didn't bother including it in the mix.) We then followed up on which rumors turned out to be true or false and used that data to estimate the accuracy of each magazine's stories and covers.
Did you catch that? The tabloids report false rumours about celebrity adoptions so often, you can quantify the data. Apparently, there's "a thousand little cover lies" directed at The World's Most Famous Adoptive Parent alone.