Tabloid Outrage Law and Legal Definition

Tabloid outrage is a tort action filed against a tabloid-style newspaper to recover damages for unscrupulous journalism. It is filed when traditional causes of action such as negligence, defamation, and invasion of privacy fail. Plaintiffs who claim irreparable damage to their lives and reputations should establish that they have suffered significant emotional distress as a result of the article's deluding characterization. To prevail under this variation of the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress, the character of the news story must be so outrageous and extreme that a civilized society would find it intolerable.