Alert the Aliens: Weekly World News Dead at 28

Not even Elvis can save iconic tabloid from lagging print industry
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 7, 2007 4:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – For 28 years, it was the “world’s most reliable newspaper,” replete with stories of Elvis sightings, alien babies, and dwarf-eating dieters. But the Weekly World News is no more. The black-and-white publication, known for its loose headlines and even looser facts, will publish its final print edition later this month, parent company American Media says.

Not only is columnist Ed Anger pig-biting mad over his employer's demise, but so are devoted readers and even mainstream reporters, who relished news unburdened by facts, the Washington Post says. The paper attracted almost 1 million readers in its heyday, but recent circulation losses doomed the poor man’s National Enquirer to history's recycling bin.