Fox News Anchor Blasts Jeff Bezos: ‘He’s Been Exposed as a Dirtbag and an Idiot’


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Fox News anchor Julie Banderas has no sympathy for Jeff Bezos amid the Amazon founder’s feud with David Pecker and the National Enquirer. Banderas spoke to legal analyst Jonna Spilbor on Monday about Bezos’ allegation that the Enquirer blackmailed and extorted him with sexts from his extramarital affair. When the two discussed whether the Enquirer is politically-motivated because of Pecker’s ties to President Donald Trump, Spilbor dismissed the notion flat-out — even accusing Bezos of bullying the Enquirer with his claims. “Let’s start by saying I don’t think the White House cares one iota about Jeff Bezos’ junk,” Spilbor said. “Number two: who’s the bully here? When you read Jeff Bezos’ blog post where he tries to punch National Enquirer in the nose — the National Enquirer was doing what the National Enquirer does.” When Spilbor suggested Bezos should have gone to the authorities instead of publishing the Continue reading "Fox News Anchor Blasts Jeff Bezos: ‘He’s Been Exposed as a Dirtbag and an Idiot’"

Fox’s Napolitano Says Bezos-Enquirer Feud Could Spell Doom For Trump: ‘Bad News For the President’


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Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano says the war between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer could hold major legal repercussions not only for those at the tabloid, but also for President Donald Trump. Napolitano joined Fox Business’ Stuart Varney on Monday to talk about Bezos’ claim that David Pecker, Enquirer publisher and CEO of American Media (AMI), is trying to extort and blackmail Bezos with a collection of sexts from his extramarital affair. Napolitano concluded that AMI’s alleged conduct “is an act of blackmail because it is an effort to prevent [Bezos] from doing what he has a right to do by the threat of exposing something.” Napolitano and Varney went on to talk about the implications of the case, especially since political observers know that Trump strongly dislikes Bezos and has been friendly with Pecker for a long time. Napolitano acknowledged this even Continue reading "Fox’s Napolitano Says Bezos-Enquirer Feud Could Spell Doom For Trump: ‘Bad News For the President’"

Brother of Jeff Bezos’ Girlfriend Reportedly Leaked Sexts to National Enquirer


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Jeff Bezos speaks about privacy at the Vanity Fair summit in 2016. The brother of Jeff Bezos‘ girlfriend appears to be the one who leaked intimate texts to the National Enquirer, according to a new Daily Beast report. Two sources told the Beast that the leaker is Michael Sanchez, brother of Lauren Sanchez, the woman with whom Bezos exchanged messages. According to their report:
The brother of Jeff Bezos’ mistress, Lauren Sanchez, supplied the couple’s racy texts to the National Enquirer, multiple sources inside AMI, the tabloid’s parent company, told The Daily Beast. Another source who has been in extensive communication with senior leaders at AMI confirmed that Michael Sanchez first supplied Bezos’ texts to the Enquirer.
Bezos has accused the tabloid of blackmailing him in an attempt to end his investigation into how they obtained his texts for a piece published in December. The feds have reportedly launched a probe into the blackmail allegation. Elkan Abramowitz,  Continue reading "Brother of Jeff Bezos’ Girlfriend Reportedly Leaked Sexts to National Enquirer"

Dan Abrams Counters Dershowitz Defense of National Enquirer: ‘The First Amendment Doesn’t Protect Crimes’


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Mediaite founder and ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams threw cold water on Alan Dershowitz‘s attempt to defend The National Enquirer by noting that “The First Amendment doesn’t protect crimes.” On Sunday morning’s edition of This Week with George Stephanopoulos, host George Stephanopoulos asked about Enquirer parent company American Media Inc.’s potential legal liability following Jeff Bezosrevelation that the paper tried to extort him. “Doesn’t the fact that the National Enquirer, agents of the National Enquirer admitted in that southern district cooperation agreement that they were acting as agents, not as journalists, but as agents of President Trump, doesn’t that color this at all?” Stephanopoulos asked the two experts. Dershowitz argued that “You can be both,” arguing that “a lot of newspapers were started as party newspapers, newspapers for particular political parties. So you can both be an agent, if that’s true, and Continue reading "Dan Abrams Counters Dershowitz Defense of National Enquirer: ‘The First Amendment Doesn’t Protect Crimes’"

David Pecker’s Attorney Denies Bezos Claims: Not Extortion, Not the White House, Not Saudi Arabia


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On This Week on Sunday, host George Stephanopoulos interviewed Elkan Abramowitz, attorney for AMI chief David Pecker, publisher of the National Enquirer. Abramowitz denied allegations and implications from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that the tabloid attempted to extort and blackmail him, and that it was done at the behest or on behalf of Donald Trump. “It absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail,” Abramowitz told Stephanopoulos right from the start. “What happened was the story was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source that had given information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to this story,” he said. “And it was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Miss Sanchez.” He was referring to Lauren Sanchez, Bezos’ girlfriend who is the other party in the photos with which Bezos claims National Enquirer attempted to blackmail and extort him. Continue reading "David Pecker’s Attorney Denies Bezos Claims: Not Extortion, Not the White House, Not Saudi Arabia"

Tucker Carlson Mocks Media Coverage of Jeff Bezos: ‘He’s a Powerful Masculine Bear!’


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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson tonight covered the big news of Jeff Bezos accusing the National Enquirer of extortion and blackmail concerning new sexts, but he mostly mocked the positive media coverage for Bezos amid all this. Correspondent Trace Gallagher recapped all the latest developments from Bezos going public with the accusation, including the response from the Enquirer‘s parent company insisting they believe they “acted lawfully.” After Gallagher’s report, Carlson said, “So a lot of confusing parts about this story, but one thing that is crystal clear is where the media stands. Journalists love Jeff Bezos. Now, some of them literally work for him at his personal PR operation/lobbying shop––it’s called The Washington Post.” The media loves Bezos, he argued, because “he’s rich” and they suck up to power. He ran a montage of how Bezos is being praised for his response to alleged extortion and blackmail, including
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Terry Crews Claims AMI Tried to ‘Silence’ Him ‘By Fabricating Stories of Me With Prostitutes’


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Terry Crews joined Jeff Bezos and others in accusing American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, of extortion by threatening to publish scandalous stories in an attempt to silence. After Bezos accused AMI of blackmail — the Amazon founder published emails showing executives threatened to publish nude photos of him and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez — Crews tweeted that the same company “tried to silence” him with a similar attempt. “This same company, AMI, tried to silence me in my lawsuit against [WME] and Adam Venit by fabricating stories of me with prostitutes— and even went so far as creating fake receipts,” the actor wrote. “I called their bluff by releasing their threats online. They blinked.”

BREAKING: Parent Company of National Enquirer Responds to Jeff Bezos: AMI ‘Fervently Believes It Acted Lawfully’


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After the explosive Medium post Thursday by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos blasting the National Enquirer and parent company AMI, as well as chairman and CEO David Pecker, the board (which includes Pecker) has issued a response. CNN read the response on the air a few minutes ago (above), in full. Here is that statement:
“American Media fervently believes 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. 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.”
On CNN, anchor Poppy Harlow turned to legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Continue reading "BREAKING: Parent Company of National Enquirer Responds to Jeff Bezos: AMI ‘Fervently Believes It Acted Lawfully’"

Cincinnati Enquirer is Getting Lots of Hate Tweets Meant for National Enquirer: ‘@JeffBezos Make it Stop’


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The Cincinnati Enquirer is very keen that people understand what newspaper they are not. Because the newspaper that they are not is tabloid tall tale and tattler publication The National Enquirer. And that’s more important than ever, considering the breaking huge scandal involving first Jeff Bezos and now Ronan Farrow. The problem is their Twitter id. They’re @Enquirer, and apparently that means they get a lot of hate tweeting meant for that other place. Here’s an example of the kind of quality tweeting they’re enduring: That’s a great one because it’s from a Continue reading "Cincinnati Enquirer is Getting Lots of Hate Tweets Meant for National Enquirer: ‘@JeffBezos Make it Stop’"

Anderson Cooper Gets Flustered Over Bezos Pecker Details: ‘Don’t Know If I Should Say That’


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The sordid details of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos claim of apparent extortion by David Pecker’s publishing company AMI over leaked images present some interesting challenges for cable news anchors. Take for example the nearly unflappable Anderson Cooper who, during a reading of specific emails, came across the phrase “d*ck pick [sic],” and wisely refrained from sharing the full monty. “I don’t know if I should say that,” Cooper said. The story is based on a stunning account published on Medium, the Washington Post owner shared emails his team had received from National Enquirer’s Dylan Howard that include some not-for-primetime language that describes some salacious images. Cooper did his best, but the salacious term appeared to throw him off his game temporarily. Watch above via CNN.

READ: Jeff Bezos Publishes Explosive — And Graphic — ‘Extortion’ Letters Threatening Release of Nudes


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Jeff Bezos speaks about privacy at the Vanity Fair summit in 2016. Jeff Bezos published an explosive post on Thursday night accusing David Pecker‘s National Enquirer magazine of extorting him by threatening to release sexts and nude photos he exchanged with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez. The billionaire founder of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post claimed that a lawyer from the National Enquirer threatened to post a series of nudes — including a dick pick — unless he made a “false public statement” about his investigation into how his initial sexts leaked to the National Enquirer in the first place. As part of his explosive post accusing Pecker and AMI, the publisher of the National Enquirer, of extortion and blackmail, Bezos published what he claimed were email exchanges with the tabloid — in full. “Nothing I might write here could tell the National Enquirer story as eloquently as their own words below,” Bezos wrote on Medium. The first email, from AMI Continue reading "READ: Jeff Bezos Publishes Explosive — And Graphic — ‘Extortion’ Letters Threatening Release of Nudes"

Jeff Bezos Stuns With Mindblowing Post Accusing National Enquirer of Extortion and Blackmail: ‘Holy Sh*t’


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Jeff Bezos speaks about privacy at the Vanity Fair summit in 2016. Jeff Bezos dropped a stunning Medium post tonight accusing the National Enquirer‘s parent company American Media of extortion. He shared the emails with details of the sexts they allegedly threatened to publish. And just when everyone thought the news cycle couldn’t test our capacity for shock anymore…

BREAKING: Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer’s David Pecker of Extorting Him With NEW Sexts


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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos dropped a stunning post on Medium Thursday night, accusing the National Enquirer and its parent company AMI of extortion. Bezos confirms reporting that he opened an investigation into how his sexts got to the Enquirer and claims he found out that AMI head David Pecker is “apoplectic” about it:
A few days after hearing about Mr. Pecker’s apoplexy, we were approached, verbally at first, with an offer. They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation. My lawyers argued that AMI has no right to publish photos since any person holds the copyright to their own photos, and since the photos in themselves don’t add anything newsworthy. AMI’s claim of newsworthiness is that the photos are necessary to show Amazon shareholders that my business judgment is terrible
And Bezos shares emails detailing the alleged extortion, Continue reading "BREAKING: Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer’s David Pecker of Extorting Him With NEW Sexts"

Jeff Bezos Reportedly Launching Probe Into ‘Politically Motivated’ Sexting Leaks to National Enquirer


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A new report indicates that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is launching a investigation to find out how and why the National Enquirer obtained the text messages he sent throughout his affair with a Los Angeles news anchor. According to The Daily Beast, Bezos’ security team is working with the idea that his sexts were leaked for what’s described as a “politically-motivated” ploy to damage him. Since the sexts landed at the Enquirer, investigators think the leak could have something to do with President Donald Trump, given his connection to the tabloid and its parent company, American Media Inc (AMI). Bezos is a known political enemy of Trump, given the fact that the president has trashed him repeatedly and seemed delighted with the end of Bezos’ marriage. Trump frequently (and dubiously) accuses Bezos of taking advantage of the postal system, all while using the Washington Post (which Bezos Continue reading "Jeff Bezos Reportedly Launching Probe Into ‘Politically Motivated’ Sexting Leaks to National Enquirer"

Trump Unleashes on ‘Jeff Bozo’ For Ownership of Washington Post, Says National Enquirer is ‘Far More Accurate’


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It is snowing in Washington DC this Sunday and Trump — who earlier today talked about the “beauty and majesty” of the White House in the snow — apparently has the time to take to Twitter to poke at one of his perennial foes, Jeff Bezos. “So sorry to hear the news about Jeff Bozo being taken down by a competitor whose reporting, I understand, is far more accurate than the reporting in his lobbyist newspaper, the Amazon Washington Post,” Trump opined leaving it unclear if ‘Bozo’ was a typo or an intentional insult. “Hopefully the paper will soon be placed in better & more responsible hands!” Trump is apparently referring to a months-long investigation conducted by the National Enquirer. CNN reported on the investigation that resulted in a blaring headline on the Enquirer’s cover about the cheating photos that ended Bezos’ marriage:
The Enquirer said it had been investigating Bezos Continue reading "Trump Unleashes on ‘Jeff Bozo’ For Ownership of Washington Post, Says National Enquirer is ‘Far More Accurate’"

Joe Scarborough: Investigation of Jeff Bezos Was ‘Directed Hit Job’ by Pro-Trump National Enquirer


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Joe Scarborough thinks National Enquirer committed a pro-Trump “hit job” against Jeff Bezos in light of how the tabloid is taking credit for the Amazon CEO’s divorce. Mediaite previously reported on how the Enquirer published several explicit text messages from Bezos’ extramarital affair as he prepares to finalize his divorce with his wife of 25 years. Last night, the Enquirer drew attention over a statement they released saying they followed Bezos for months to document his liaison. As Morning Joe talked about the news that Michael Cohen will publicly testify before Congress, Scarborough noted that Cohen and the Enquirer were both pivotal to President Donald Trump‘s illegal hush money schemes from 2016. Since Enquirer publisher David Pecker has already admitted to Robert Mueller that the tabloid allowed itself to be used as Trump’s attack vehicle, Scarborough wondered if their coverage of Bezos was an extension of that, given Continue reading "Joe Scarborough: Investigation of Jeff Bezos Was ‘Directed Hit Job’ by Pro-Trump National Enquirer"

WATCH: Rudy Giuliani Admitted Porn Star Payoff Was Related to Election


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One of Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani‘s many new defenses of Trump is that the scheme to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal had nothing to do with the campaign. But there’s at least one person complicating that assertion. And his name is Rudy Giuliani. On this past Sunday’s edition of This Week, host George Stephanopoulos confronted Giuliani about the mounting evidence that the hush-money payments were made or the purpose of influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential campaign. Giuliani insisted that he could “produce 20 witnesses” who would say that Trump “was very concerned about how this was going to affect his children, his marriage.” Unfortunately, the universe can produce one extremely influential witness who said the payoff was about the election, and that it was then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen‘s “job” to make it “go away.” On the Continue reading "WATCH: Rudy Giuliani Admitted Porn Star Payoff Was Related to Election"

Trump Reportedly Wanted to Purchase, Bury Decades of Dirty Secrets National Enquirer Kept on Him


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There’s been a lot of commotion lately about the three-way dynamic between Donald Trump, Michael Cohen and the National Enquirer, and a new report suggests that the president planned on suppressing decades worth of secrets that the tabloid knew about him before the 2016 election. According to New York Times, Trump and Cohen came up with a plan to buy all the dirt that the tabloid and American Media Inc. collected on him since the 1980s. This comes after the flurry of news regarding how Cohen secretly recorded his boss talking to him about the Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal hush money schemes, and also the fact that Cohen has implicated his boss as being directly involved in his campaign finance lawbreaking. From the report:
The existence of the plan, which was never finalized, has not been reported before. But it was strongly hinted at in a recording Continue reading "Trump Reportedly Wanted to Purchase, Bury Decades of Dirty Secrets National Enquirer Kept on Him"