David Perel was Editor-in-Chief of the National Enquirer when the tabloid broke the story of presidential candidate John Edwards‘ extramarital affair. Today on The Huffington Post, Perel discusses what went in to breaking that story. Notably, he begins, “It took two years, thousands of man hours and a cross-country chase to catch John Edwards cheating.” In other words, Enquirer reporters had the time, financial backing, and editorial support often required to break big news. A reminder of what gets lost with all that cost-cutting.
Perel notes that two primary tools used by the tabloid in uncovering the story were technology and psychology. The Enquirer had satellite photos and a professional psychological profiler at their disposal. How many journos out there have to buy their own office supplies?
The full story can be read on the HuffPo website. Perel is currently Managing Editor of celebrity gossip site RadarOnline.com.