Wow … just wow …
As context, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, has been locked in an escalating battle with the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc. (AMI) on matters related to certain Post investigations of AMI. These primarily involve the extent to which AMI is running pro-Trump propaganda and the reasons why. Bezos is a frequent target of Trump's rage tweets, while the AMI CEO, the appropriately-named David Pecker, is a close associate of Trump.
For his part, Bezos -- the world's richest human with a net worth presently put around $137 billion (!) -- is in the process of getting a divorce from his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, and he is presently having a romantic relationship (that is, an affair) with "TV personality" Lauren Sanchez. Unsurprisingly, the National Enquirer secured through as-yet-undetermined means both incriminating texts and sexually explicit photos between Bezos and Ms. Sanchez.
The Enquirer already published the former (late last month) and AMI senior management was in the process of trying to arrange one of its signature extortionary "catch and kill" deals involving the photos:
In exchange for Bezos' denials of certain Post story assertions (possibly through directly killing stories), the photos would not be published.
And there was even a "contract" drawn up for what AMI's top lawyers obscenely, perversely, deem a "journalistic" matter.
Wisely and to his everlasting credit, Bezos was having none of that and published the whole extortion attempt on the Medium online published platform earlier today.
Here is the key part of the above-linked story (with embedded link):
In an extraordinary post to the online publishing platform Medium, Bezos said the Enquirer and its parent company, American Media Inc., made the threat after he began investigating how the tabloid obtained text messages that revealed his relationship with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez.
That "extraordinary post" is also linked here (and please read it): No thank you, Mr. Pecker.
It includes Dylan Howard's unredacted email address and, in an image, his cellphone number.
The Dylan Howard refers specifically to the Vice President and Chief Content Officer of AMI (pictured left).
I'm not surprised that this corpulent sleazoid is Australian. There seems to be a preference for the worst journalistic malpractitioners to be British or Australian (and I'm not just referring to the toxically malevolent Murdoch clan).
They possess a level of amorality and viciousness that exceeds what most of their American counterparts can muster.
As for Jeff Bezos, while I'm not normally a fan of billionaires of any stripe, God bless him for laying it all out as he did -- and calling their bluff. As he wrote in his post:
Any personal embarrassment AMI could cause me takes a back seat because there’s a much more important matter involved here. If in my position I can't stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can? (On that point, numerous people have contacted our investigation team about their similar experiences with AMI, and how they needed to capitulate because, for example, their livelihoods were at stake.)
The "catch and kill" technique used by these disgusting parasites was so successful for so long that they actually hubristically believed they could extort Jeff Bezos, the richest human being on Planet Earth.
As alluded to above, the National Enquirer had already published a batch of these texts in its Jan 28, 2019 edition (see image of that edition's front page directly above), but AMI was trying through an almost self-parody of extortion (use of "dick pics" it secured) to blackmail Bezos into getting The Post deny it [AMI/National Enquirer] had any pro-Trump political motivations -- itself a prima facie bullshit assertion:
An example of the National Enquirer's "nonpartisan" coverage of Donald Trump from its March 8, 2017 edition.
Pecker also is apparently very upset about The Post's coverage of the brutal murder and dismemberment of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi, as directly ordered by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman -- and for which Trump cannot bring his bloated, syphilitic, dictator-loving self to condemn. There is also an unholy alliance between the murderer "MbS," the Trump crime family, and Pecker that suggests a certain angle to how AMI secured the Bezos dirt.
Let me reiterate: As for the executives of AMI / the National Enquirer -- to include David Pecker -- God and Christ Almighty, what a bunch of morally diseased, filthy parasites sucking on the sewage discharge pipe of humanity. It's all the worse that it's dressed up in some bogus legal horseshit. It would be wonderful -- and restore my faith in a moral and decent Cosmos, at least a little bit -- if they ended up in prison.
The big question is where Pecker & Co. got those texts and pictures. It's possible from a foreign government (with government technological level surveillance techniques). And it is more than possible that Trump is mixed up in this filth. It's what he does. It's what he is.
In the end, it is just more fodder for the ever-expanding array of criminal investigations into the sprawling, multi-tentacled, Russian government-influenced, half-mobbed-up / half-reality TV show, fully kleptocratic, continuously money laundering crime syndicate that is TrumpWorld.