But the tabloid really crossed the line this week when it decided to publish a cover story featuring a photo of Whitney Houston in an open casket at the Whig-ham Funeral Home in New Jersey before her burial last weekend.
Thatâ€™s right: The magazine somehow thought it was appropriate to put an unauthorized picture of the late singerâ€™s dead body on every newsstand in America.
Itâ€™s not appropriate.
Actually, itâ€™s astoundingly poor taste and low stooping, even by the Enquirerâ€™s standards.
Whitney Houstonâ€™s Dead Body Photo – And it represents the very worst of predatory paparazzi culture. Thereâ€™s no reason why the public at large needs to see Houstonâ€™s lifeless body.
Almost as jaw-dropping as the decision to show the photo itself is the Enquirerâ€™s total lack of self-awareness in â€œreportingâ€ on Houstonâ€™s private viewing.
The tabloid says Houston was â€œfinally at peace after a tumultuous and troubled life in the spotlight.â€
But the Enquirer invaded that â€œpeaceâ€ by sticking cameras into the casket.
The mag adds, â€œThis was the emotional private viewing that her legions of fans never saw, a time for Whitneyâ€™s loved ones to say a heartfelt goodbye with their tears and prayers.â€
And the Enquirer trampled on those loved onesâ€™ final moments with Houston, turning what should have been an out-of-view private time for reflection into tabloid spectacle.