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For the first time ever, the top-secret material that made the National Enquirer the country’s leading tabloid — and changed the face of tabloid journalism forever — has been compiled and archived in The Pope Media Center, a world-class media library sure to give “inquiring minds what they want to know” and reveal the untold, often jaw-dropping story of the family behind the paper.
The archive is brimming with wild-but-true tales of international politicians, corruption, mobsters, affairs, celebrities, and the story of the evolution of the National Enquirer and the genesis of tabloid journalism. It also chronicles the riveting ongoing saga of the Pope family — one of the richest and most powerful Italian-American families of all time.
With more than seven terabytes of every form of original media starting in the early 1900s through present day, it is bursting at its digital seams with photos, talk show clips, feature magazine stories, secret FBI and CIA files, archival material from presidential libraries, dedications, videos, and shocking taped conversations.
A world-class assemblage of information, it was created by a painstakingly detailed investigation directed by some of America’s legal legends — and contains Pope family secrets that many would prefer to remain buried forever.
“The truth always prevails,” said Paul D. Pope, founder of the Pope Media Center and son of legendaryNational Enquirer founder Gene Pope. “I know my father would have emphatically agreed with this idea — it was at the very heart of the National Enquirer‘s mission, and evidenced in the lengths to which the paper’s reporters were encouraged to go to get the real story.
By the same token, the Pope family saga must now be revealed … and like much of the National Enquirer’s content, the truth about my family is often much stranger than fiction.”
The Pope Media Center documents the salacious evidence of a family’s raucous and immoral actions thanks to its vast wealth — which, heretofore, have only been rumored. Scandals, lavish parties, glitterati red carpet events, corruption, manipulation, and power brokering by the social elite are just the collective tip of the iceberg. According to Pope, there is also evidence of murder, theft and intra-familial battles to the most extreme.
Some of these truths were first brought to light in Pope’s 2010 book, The Deeds of My Fathers, a rollicking and exhaustively researched page-turner that describes the life of his grandfather, Generoso Pope Sr., who flees Italy with pennies in his pocket and becomes a construction and media magnate in New York; and his father, Gene Pope, who buys the National Enquirer with a loan from his godfather, mobster Frank Costello, and transforms it into the nation’s top tabloid.
Pope says that the the original manuscript was nearly 50,000 words longer than the published version — and much of that “explosive” additional material, housed in the Pope Media Center, is now waiting to be exposed. He is presently in talks with leading publishers to publish the original manuscript in its entirety.
For more information on the Pope Media Center, visit www.popemediacenter.com.