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Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer

 
 
Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 09:15 am
So for those not in the know, Jeff Bezos went public last week with documents from the National Enquirer showing that they were attempting to blackmail him with lurid photos between him and his girlfriend. The documents are specific in both their demands and what they are threatening. Investigators have opened an investigation into the situation. Bezos has already shown he's upset about the first article they did on him and has hired investigators to find out how they got his private texts. The Enquirer has put themselves at tremendous legal risk for both criminal and civil actions. Hulk Hogan drove Gawker out of business for posting a video of him and he had no where near the resources that Bezos has. So why on earth would the Enquirer do something like this? Bezos is the world's richest man and could buy the Enquirer multiple times over.

 
hightor
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 09:21 am
@engineer,
Unbelievable — they used e-mail!
engineer
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 09:26 am
@hightor,
Ronan Farrow who did a lot of the reporting on the connections between the Enquirer and Trump has also come forward saying he was threatened. I've read some speculation that this activity would void the plea arrangement AMI (parent company) made with the Mueller investigation meaning that all the information AMI shared with the investigation could be used against them in court.
revelette1
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 09:35 am
@engineer,
That is if Barr doesn't shut down Mueller before he wraps up his end of all this. I confess I am worried about it.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 09:41 am
@engineer,
engineer wrote:

So why on earth would the Enquirer do something like this? Bezos is the world's richest man and could buy the Enquirer multiple times over.

Are you really asking this question about the Chlamydia of the tabloid world? It's the National Enquirer. That's what they do. It's their business and morality (or lack thereof) model. Amorality model perhaps?
engineer
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 10:09 am
@tsarstepan,
I think it is one thing to publish the tabloid stuff they do, it is another to send an email(!) trying to blackmail someone, especially after the Gawker takedown. I wonder if the Enquirer was running scared, but even if that is true, this is a ridiculously stupid thing to do.

Here is a take on the legal questions. AMI claims it was in "good faith negotiations" with Bezos to resolve his issues.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 10:14 am
@engineer,
engineer wrote:

I think it is one thing to publish the tabloid stuff they do, it is another to send an email(!) trying to blackmail someone, especially after the Gawker takedown. I wonder if the Enquirer was running scared, but even if that is true, this is a ridiculously stupid thing to do.

Not sure why you may or may not be implying that I'm justifying their behavior because I'm not. The media outlet has a past in trying to dig dirt and using it to gain financial or other power moves over their presumed media targets.

Look up the National Enquirer in the dictionary ... and what you get is basically a definition reflecting many "ridiculously stupid things" done in the past. Their actions are now catching up to them.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 10:26 am
Just another example of the American right wing mainstream media attacking anyone who stands up to Trump.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 11:01 am
@Baldimo,
Baldimo wrote:

TDS is in full effect.

Total Dissolved Solids? Tax Deducted at Source? Tabular Data Stream? Total Dissolved Salts? Test Description Sheet?
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revelette1
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 11:08 am
@Baldimo,
Trump would drive anyone with half a brain deranged.

Taken as a cue from my 9 year old granddaughter's class, "throw Trump in the Dump" Good idea for a slogan IMO. I would just maybe add, "don't be a chump, throw Trump in the dump."
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 11:16 am
@Baldimo,
Baldimo wrote:

You really think the National Enquirer is a right wing publication? TDS is in full effect.

So, going to bat for Trump is merely an extra curricular activity? Have they gone to bat in this manner for left-wing politicians?
Baldimo
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 11:26 am
@revelette1,
Quote:
Taken as a cue from my 9 year old granddaughter's class, "throw Trump in the Dump" Good idea for a slogan IMO. I would just maybe add, "don't be a chump, throw Trump in the dump.

That's what they are teaching in her class? Who says there is no bias in the classroom...
izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 11:28 am
@tsarstepan,
It means something to lickspittles, nothing to those of us who don't take our orders from Alex Jones.
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Baldimo
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 11:40 am
@InfraBlue,
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So, going to bat for Trump is merely an extra curricular activity? Have they gone to bat in this manner for left-wing politicians?

A tabloid paper? I wouldn't know, I don't read them. I do know they were responsible for breaking the John Edwards affair when the rest of the media was denying it took place.

We do know the rest of the media go to bat for DNC politicians. Look at the lack of 'fact checking" some of the DNC candidates and their claims. Don't worry, the media are going to be exposed during the 2020 primaries. They have already started with their BS stories on Tulsi Gabbard, claiming she is a favorite of the Russians...
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 11:43 am
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

Total Dissolved Solids? Tax Deducted at Source? Tabular Data Stream? Total Dissolved Salts? Test Description Sheet?


Probably Trump's Diarrhoea is Scrummy, there has to be some reason they lap it up.
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revelette1
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 01:41 pm
@Baldimo,
Quote:
That's what they are teaching in her class? Who says there is no bias in the classroom...


It wasn't the teacher, it was just some classmates of hers expressing their rights in free speech in which she later told me about. Considering KY went big for Trump, I was pleasantly surprised.
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engineer
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 01:58 pm
Regardless of how you feel about the Enquirer and Trump (and AMI has admitted in court to doing catch and kill for Trump and has signed a consent decree), what kind of stupid would lead them to try to extort Bezos, in writing? Were they trying to cover up something they knew was wrong and it was so wrong that they decided "in for a penny in for a pound"?
maporsche
 
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Reply Mon 11 Feb, 2019 08:56 pm
@engineer,
It also sounds like they may have violated the terms of the "non-prosecution" agreement with the courts. They could have opened themselves up to being charged with all the of the possible things they've admitted to as part of the various investigations into the Russia thing.
 

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