In the UK courts stars have long waged war on their tabloid persecutors.
David Cook, who led two of inquiries, had his phone hacked by the tabloid, his house watched, and his family followed.
The sordid details of their acknowledged sexual encounter were the stuff of tabloid frenzy from the moment the story broke.
1884, "small tablet of medicine," trademark name (by Burroughs, Wellcome and Co.) for compressed or concentrated chemicals and drugs, formed from tablet + Greek-derived suffix -oid. By 1898, it was being used figuratively to mean a compressed form or dose of anything, hence tabloid journalism (1901), and newspapers that typified it (1918), so called for having short, condensed news articles and/or for being small in size.