Tabloid newspapers tried to outdo each other in reporting, and to some degree making up, stories about the extravagant lifestyles and decadent lives of producers, directors, and actors. It's what people wanted to read. It's what sold newspapers. But then as now, the most popular and profitable news outlets are the ones that slant the news toward what people want to hear and believe. The first widely publicized scandal started with a party in San Francisco hosted by "Fatty" Roscoe Arbuckle a popular comedy star.