Jeff Bezos, owner of the Washington Post, refuses to be blackmailed into silence by the National Enquirer.


How’s that for a headline?

Courtesy of HuffPo:

David Pecker, the chief executive of American Media Inc., which publishes the tabloid National Enquirer, threatened to publish embarrassing photos of Jeff Bezos if he didn’t stop investigating Pecker’s company, according to the Amazon CEO.

Bezos revealed the alleged threat, which was sent through AMI chief content officer Dylan Howard, in a blog post published to Medium on Thursday. In it, Bezos also claimed that an “AMI leader” told him that Pecker was “apoplectic” over an investigation the Amazon founder had launched into Pecker’s companies.

“Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten,” Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, wrote.

In the alleged letter to Bezos, Howard said its paper had obtained a “dick pic” of Bezos, as well as text messages and nine other images of Bezos and his mistress Lauren Sanchez. Bezos also published multiple emails, allegedly from AMI representatives, asking the Amazon CEO to release a public statement asserting that AMI’s reporting is not politically motivated.

“Of course I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, and corruption,” he continued. “I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out.”

And that is exactly what Bezos did by publishing his own account of the blackmail attempt on Medium (Here is the link) which claims to include the actual emails sent to Bezos’ litigation lawyer and the threats contained within. 

A number of other media outlets have already written about this story or reporter in on the air, but the Daily Beast also included the fact that they too had been threatened by AMI over their reporting on this story.

Courtesy of The Daily Beast

In the process of reporting those stories, The Daily Beast and a member of its staff were threatened by AMI’s attorneys. After Bezos’ post late Thursday, journalist Ronan Farrow also wrote in a tweet that he and another “prominent journalist involved in breaking stories about the National Enquirer’s arrangement with Trump” had dealt with “blackmail” efforts from AMI.

Fine, in his email to Bezos’ attorney, demanded a “public, mutually-agreed upon acknowledgment from the Bezos Parties, released through a mutually-agreeable news outlet, affirming that they have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AM’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces, and an agreement that they will cease referring to such a possibility.

In exchange, Fine wrote, AMI would agree “not to publish, distribute, share, or describe unpublished texts and photos,” which Howard said included a number of sexually suggestive images of Bezos and his lover, Los Angeles news anchor Lauren Sanchez. Among them was a “below the belt selfie — otherwise colloquially known as a ‘d*ck pick [sic].’”

Now if all of this is not mindnumbing enough, there is an added bit of intrigue which was provided by a Washington Post reporter on last night’s “The Last Word.”

The underlying charge there is that the Trump Administration may have played a hand in helping AMI obtain these pictures and therefore cooperated in this blackmail attempt. 

Oh, and before I forget, it should also be noted that David Pecker has an ongoing plea deal with federal prosecutors and was given immunity for his cooperation. 

One has to wonder how a story like this might impact that deal?

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26 Comments

  1. anonymous February 8, 2019 at 8:46 am

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/08/media/national-enquirer-jeff-bezos/index.html

    “American Media said in a statement on Friday morning that the company “believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos.”
    “Further, at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos, it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him,” the company said. “Nonetheless, in light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims. Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary.””

  2. Anonymous February 8, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Fucking with the richest person on the planet is not smart.

    Hope Jeff can tie this illegal hacking back to Trump

  3. Anonymous February 8, 2019 at 9:05 am

    A government entity. Hmmmm. Does putins mafia qualify to be called that?

  4. anonymous February 8, 2019 at 9:14 am

    NOW $240 BILLION ~ 2 years ago 200 Billion…={137 x 1.75}
    https://www.voanews.com/a/terrible-crimes-made-putin-world-richest-person-financier-tells-senators/3961955.html

    Jeff Bezos
    137 Billion

    compound interests…

    • anon February 9, 2019 at 7:44 am

      And not a penny of it is his. He is a thief like the rest of them. Too bad when he loses it all. Shrug.

  5. Anonymous in Chicago February 8, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Heard on Morning Joe that AMI’s plea agreement with the Southern District of New York would become void if they committed any subsequent crimes.

    Also on Morning Joe, there was speculation that the pictures and text messages were illegally gotten by (a) Saudi Intelligence, aimed to hurt Bezos because of his ownership of the Washington Post and the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khassogi. Which brings up additional questions on whether there was a blackmail connection between Trump, Jared Kushner & the Saudi’s. Supposedly this Pecker guy, Trump & Kushner all have financial ties to the Saudis. Or, (b) Russian Intelligence – easy to figure that one out. (Can you say pee-pee tape?)

    This story is just beginning.

  6. puck February 8, 2019 at 9:26 am

    trump’s favorite newspaper.

  7. Cash Me Ousside in my thongdress and chit February 8, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Fuck yeah! Nationalo Enquirer looks to be winning like a drunk Palin already on on probation!

    “Prosecutors in the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office have been provided with information about key exchanges of concern to Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com Inc. In a jaw-dropping public blog post Thursday night, Bezos published letters from lawyers representing National Enquirer’s publisher, American Media Inc., who demanded he drop a private investigation into the media company, or else it would publish more embarrassing photographs about the wealthy businessman. Bezos accused the National Enquirer publisher of extortion.

    The authorities are now reviewing the matter for potential criminal activity. If they find any, the must also weigh whether the conduct breached AMI’s previous deal to assist prosecutors. AMI agreed not to commit crimes as part of that deal to avoid prosecution over hush-money payments to women who claimed relationships with President Donald Trump. Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, played a pivotal role in some of the payments and has pleaded guilty to related charges. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-08/national-enquirer-s-ami-said-to-be-scrutinized-over-bezos-story

    Talk about lighting an exploding cigar when it is in YOUR OWN MOUTH!

    Meantime the Palin media operation (and the KardTRASHians also too!) is put to shame by Bhad Bhabie!!!

    https://www.newsweek.com/bhad-bhabie-blows-kardashians-ratings-away-snapchat-reality-show-premiere-1324397

    “apper Bhad Bhabie, real name Danielle Bregoli, welcomed her new reality show to Snapchat with shockingly high ratings. The series, titled Bringing Up Bhabie, which premiered Monday on the social media app, had 10 million viewer in its first 24 hours, Snapchat told TMZ. That’s far beyond most reality television shows on TV now.

    Keeping Up With The Kardashians, one of the most popular, current reality shows, brings in an average of 1.5 million viewers per episode. That means Bregoli’s show brought in six times as many viewers in the pilot as compared to any one episode of the Kardashian’s show, which has been airing since 2007.”

    Hmmmm…TIME FOR ANOTHER BABY YET?!

  8. Anonymous February 8, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Bezos should offer a 25 million dollar reward to any National Enquirer employee that will provide proof of how the magazine obtained their info.

  9. Anon February 8, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Now, if all the GOP Senate would choose to have the ballz Bezos has and give up what Pecker and Trump have on them. Cowards.

  10. CFR February 8, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Plus, unlike most repug men, he isn’t ashamed about the size of his penis !

  11. Anonymous February 8, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    So the buddy of donnie trump is trying to blackmail someone that has been on trump’s enemy list and may have gotten texts from an “government entity”… hope they can tie little donnie into this one.. add another article of impeachment… abuse of power.

    Gosh is little donnie trying to mimic Nixon.. who also had an enemy list and wanted them investigated by the FBI?

    • HuffPost February 8, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      “An investigator for Bezos told the Post that he believed that sensitive texts previously published by the National Enquirer were leaked by the brother of Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor in a relationship with Bezos, who is divorcing his wife. The brother is said to be a Trump supporter. It is not clear whether he might be responsible for leaking the photos as well.”

  12. Glory B February 8, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/whitaker-hearing-blows-lawmaker-asks-behind-mysterious-1-2-million-payment-non-profit/

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/02/if-david-pecker-is-charged-in-bezos-extortion-plot-its-very-bad-news-for-donald-trump-heres-why/

    “Borger told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin that the National Enquirer’s past deals with Trump will all become “discoverable” if prosecutors find that they violated a previous non-prosecution deal.

    “If they are charged criminally everything becomes discoverable, including their relationship with Donald Trump, it will all be opened up,””

  13. Anonymous February 8, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/feds-probe-ami-jeff-bezos_us_5c5dbff6e4b0650f4c0d8e63

    “According to Bezos, Pecker was “apoplectic” about a Washington Post investigation into his companies ― particularly research being done on links between AMI and the Saudi royal family. The publisher demanded that the Post owner release a canned statement claiming there is “no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces,” Bezos said.

    Other news outlets have reported a connection between AMI and the Saudis in the past. According to AP, the publisher shared an early copy of a one-off magazine extolling the kingdom’s crown prince with the Saudi Embassy in Washington. The fawning publication was widely distributed during the prince’s U.S. tour last year. “

  14. anon February 8, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/02/08/trump-wanted-a-war-with-jeff-bezos-and-now-it-will-bring-him-down.html

    “The former senior editor of the Enquirer claims that David Pecker pursued the Bezos story as a way of making up with Donald Trump. The president has been trying to hurt Bezos for years because his newspaper The Washington Post broken several bombshell stories while reporting on the administration. Trump wants Bezos to sell The Post to a new owner who will be friendly to him. Trump tried the same tactics to try to pressure CNN into a sale to Rupert Murdoch.”

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/08/ex-national-enquirer-editor-pecker-used-bezos-story-to-make-up-with-trump.html?__source=twitter%7Cmain

  15. anonymous February 8, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/bezos-could-put-national-enquirer-brass-in-jail?ref=home

    ‘The agreement further states “It is understood that if the Government has determined that AMI has committed any crime after signing this Agreement” that it is liable to be for such felonies as perjury and obstruction of justice of which it has has essentially admitted. All of its statements to the feds and to the grand jury “shall be admissible in evidence in any criminal proceeding brought against AMI.”’

  16. Anon February 8, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Whats in the national rag vault? could shailey tripps story be in there?

  17. Anonymous February 8, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    @RonanFarrow
    “Like Jeff Bezos, Journalist Ronan Farrow Claims Blackmail By The National Enquirer”
    ““I and at least one other prominent journalist involved in breaking stories about the National Enquirer’s arrangement with Trump fielded similar ‘stop digging or we’ll ruin you’ blackmail efforts from AMI,” wrote Farrow. “(I did not engage as I don’t cut deals with subjects of ongoing reporting.)””

    “And this story about AMI similarly going to elaborate lengths to buy and bury a claim from a Trump Organization doorman with information (of unclear veracity) about another Trump affair resulting in a child:”

    http://fortune.com/2019/02/08/ronan-farrow-national-enquirer-blackmail/

    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-national-enquirer-a-donald-trump-rumor-and-another-secret-payment-to-buy-silence-dino-sajudin-david-pecker

  18. PBS February 8, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-bezos-accusations-against-the-national-enquirer-are-a-big-deal

    “Last month, Mr. Trump even commented on news of Bezos’ divorce.
    Donald Trump:
    I wish him luck. It’s going to be a beauty.”

    “AMI plays a really rough game.” “catch and kill”
    “And that investigation continues. And Mr. Pecker’s cooperation with the Southern District of New York has been very important. It has confirmed a lot of the allegations that have been made against President Trump and his campaign in terms of improper campaign spending, those allegations, of course, made by the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, who isn’t exactly a choir boy and can’t really stand out there on his own as a credible witness, without the very important backup that Mr. Pecker, AMI have provided.”

  19. Anonymous February 8, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Anyone else believe Trump called his good friend Pecker and asked him to go after Bezos?

    • anon February 9, 2019 at 7:46 am

      And he’s going to roll over that log and see what come out. Yikes! Oh Donny Brook just got knocked out. hahaha

  20. Whoop Whoop February 8, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/private-eyes-detail-inner-workings-of-national-enquirer-blackmail-machine?source=articles&via=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thedailybeast%2Farticles+%28The+Daily+Beast+-+Latest+Articles%29

    “Daniel “Danno” Hanks, who said he worked as an on-contract investigator for the Enquirer “off and on” for 40 years, used the phrase “war of blackmail” to describe the AMI empire’s ethos.

    “I’ve known this newspaper’s tactics for years, and I’d rather the truth be told,” “

  21. anon February 8, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Lets all just relax.

    All this proves is America needs more Teen Mom.

  22. Anonymous February 8, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Guy named pecker was trying to blackmail with threat if dic pics of a guy named bezos so he could appease his buddy, a guy named trump who is heavily under the influence of a guy named putin.

  23. anon February 8, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Who in Christ’s name.wants to she Jeff’s dick when we haven’t seen Levi’s??
    (or did we, I can’t remember)

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