The Weekly World News
was a news-of-the-weird offshoot of The National Enquirer
. In 1979, when The Enquirer
and other Generoso Pope-owned American Media tabloids became full color publications, they needed to use the old black and white printing press for something and so The Weekly World News
was born. It died in August 2007. Editor Eddie Clontz, a 10th grade dropout and Florida newspaper veteran, set the magazine's creative tone. Under his management, WWN became a cross between early MAD Magazine
and The Fortean Times
. His journalistic philosophy for the Weekly World News
was 'Don't fact-check your way out of a good story.'