If the National Enquirer was right about John Edwards' secret affair with Rielle Hunter, could the publication also be right about Todd Palin filing for divorce from Sarah? Despite its reputation as a gossipy tabloid, the National Enquirer has beaten more "reputable" publications to the punch before.
According to the National Enquirer, Todd Palin is "fed up" with all the scandals that have surrounded their 23-year marriage since Palin entered the public spotlight as a vice presidential contender aside John McCain in his 2008 campaign.
The latest scandal stems from a tell-all-book by Joe McGinniss, an author who moved next door to the Palin family for four months in order conduct research for his book.
The National Enquirer claims, citing sources close to Sarah and Todd Palin, that McGinniss' book has finally broke the camel's back.
In his book, The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin, McGinniss claims Palin had a one-night stand with NBA star Glen Rice.
Is the National Enquirer right? Only time will tell, in the meantime, here is a look at some other stories the publication has been noted for getting right.
Predicting Michael Jackson's Death
On January 12, 2009, the Enquirer reported that Michael Jackson had only 6 months to live. According to the report, an anonymous family friend said, "Painkillers and booze have caught up with him. The only way he was able to cope with the stress of sex scandals and his roller-coaster life was to mask the pain with substance abuse."
The tabloid also wrote: "A source close to the star divulged: 'It's tragic. His condition is just so far gone, I'd be surprised if he lasts six months.'"
The King of Pop died on June 25, 2009.
Breaking Rush Limbaugh's Drug Addiction and Investigation
On September 30, 2003, the National Enquirer broke an exclusive report about Rush Limbaugh's drug addiction.
"Top-rated radio host Rush Limbaugh has been secretly battling addiction to narcotics - and he's embroiled in a high-priority drug-ring investigation," the magazine reported.
One week later, he admitted to listeners of his show that he was addicted to drugs. "You know I have always tried to be honest with you and open about my life," Limbaugh said. "So I need to tell you that part of what you have heard and read is correct. I am addicted to prescription pain medication."
He also admitted that he was being investigated by authorities.
"At the present time the authorities are conducting an investigation, and I have been asked to limit my public comments until this investigation is complete. So, I will only say that the stories you have read and heard contain inaccuracies and distortions, which I will clear up when I am free to speak about them," Limbaugh added.
The National Enquirer was not shy about taking credit for breaking the story.
"Rush confirmed our story. We're happy that Rush came out and said that our story is accurate and that he's getting the help that he needs," Enquirer Executive Editor Steve Plamann said in an October 10, 2003 article in the Palm Beach Post.
Considered for Pulitzer Prize for Investigating John Edwards Scandal
The National Enquirer finally got formal recognition for its investigative efforts when the Pulitzer Prize Board said the tabloid was eligible for the Pulitzer in two categories: "Investigative Reporting" and "National News Reporting," because it broke the story of John Edwards and Rielle Hunter’s love child, ABC News reported.
"The fact that we may package this story along with the types of stories involving celebrities that are not typical of newspapers that the Pulitzer committee may look at on a yearly basis has nothing to do with the reporting," National Enquirer Executive Editor, Barry Levine said. "That persistence, that old-fashioned, shoe-leather reporting that we exhibited on this story, at the end of the day, is what the Pulitzer committee recognized."
Despite its eligibility, the National Enquirer did not win a Pulitzer.