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  • Liberal Democrat
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    There have been snippets posted before about Jeff Bezos, but I could not find them this morning. An article in this morning's New York Times, however, makes it necessary to start a new thread:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/technology/jeff-bezos-sanchez-enquirer.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

    I'd recommend reading it all, but here is the short version:

    Donald Trump and David Pecker (head of American Media Inc) have been friends for decades

    Donald Trump's ties to the mafia go back about 30 years

    Trump hates the Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos

    The National Enquirer tailed Bezos for months, and managed to access his private texts to Lauren Sanchez

    Bezos is the world's richest man, but his divorce will cost him $69 billion

    Bezos just posted a lengthy blog on Medium, where he accused Pecker of blackmail

    Bezos is of the opinion that the Enquirer's focus on his affair is politically motivated

    Pecker has been granted immunity by Robert Mueller

    It's hard to say how this story will turn out, but it certainly is bound to be interesting!

  • Center Left
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    A real billionaire.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Money can't buy happiness ???
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Chet:

    You're exactly right. A good movie to watch is "All the Money in the World", and it's about J. Paul Getty. At one point, he was the richest man in the world, but he was a very miserable guy, which is why he was divorced 5 times. I've been to the Getty museum in L.A., and was highly impressed. At least some of his money will bring people some job.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Paul_Getty

  • Center Left
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    69 Billion if he lost 50%. Like I said, a real Billionaire.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Billionaires on my like list, Jeff because he is hated by Trump (US mail shipping manufactured fiasco) because I like Amazon & free shippin', and I like this guy too,

  • Independent
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    I don't think people really understand the MAGITUDE of having his email stolen. This is an inside job.

    Given who he is, all of his accounts are locked down so securely that his accounts are impossible to be hacked. Someone, or some government agency, used their authority to gain access to his private email accounts.

    This is on par with having $10 billion disappear from Fort Knox, and only discovered during an audit. No idea when it happened, or who was involved. Someone from the inside would have been involved, because breaking into to Fort Knox from the outside is realistically impossible

  • Liberal Democrat
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    It's time to connect the dots.

    Ronan Farrow, the New Yorker's Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who has reported on the National Enquirer, said in a tweet Thursday night that AMI attempted to blackmail him.

    In June 2017, MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski accused President Donald Trump of threatening them with a hit piece in the National Enquirer in order to gain more favorable coverage on him on their show "Morning Joe."

    http://www.cnn.com/2019/02/08/media/national-enquirer-allegations/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0hAxF4icKpvFj2a1MdJF6LAOolhl1bXiIE8EZo1CE3948Wo33hiwGZT2M

    As Mr. Bezos’ investigation continued, The Post and others floated theories that American Media had gone after Mr. Bezos for political reasons, perhaps because President Trump considers him an enemy for the work his newspaper does.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/08/opinion/bezos-national-enquirer-blackmail.html?fbclid=IwAR03CYwZ--HBoBwcehmTINcKkyzbXJ3pPfgbP86cYzSq2EJ94uTPBvNt2l0

    Now we’re learning that, even as Saudi Arabia was having one of Bezos’ reporters murdered, Saudi Arabia was also apparently working with Trump and Pecker in a blackmail scheme against Bezos. What are the odds that this is a coincidence?

    http://politicaldig.com/a-link-has-emerged-between-trump-saudi-arabia-and-the-murder-of-bezos-employee-jamal-khashoggi/?fbclid=IwAR3XXcSyRvBgTGv1nTCqxbXv1DrRbuRAAzEUgCw-Y90TExzAhfxZhOvIU_U

    But by going public about the whole thing, Jeff Bezos has ensured that David Pecker will go to prison for a long time, because this extortion attempt will blow up his immunity plea deal with the SDNY. Further, Pecker’s lawyers are surely explaining to him right now that if he does sell or publish these pictures, it’ll exacerbate the circumstances of the crime, and ensure that Pecker will go to prison for even longer.

    Whatever you think of Jeff Bezos in general, he’s found a way to win in what was supposed to be a no-win situation. He’ll come out of this okay, and he just sent his would-be blackmailer David Pecker to prison. Bezos also found a way to blow this directly back onto Donald Trump, as the SDNY now has an angle for investigating and exposing Trump’s criminal culpability in the scandal. These kinds of Trump scandals usually tend to involve members of his family as well. It’ll all come out.”

    http://politicaldig.com/trump-pal-who-threatened-jeff-bezos-over-wapos-reporting-just-go-owned/?fbclid=IwAR1cAcrxRMBP1vr7yAyXCi-3HKxqrCFYk-JoqZqMijZCTavbRpJpE7RmP2o

  • Liberal Democrat
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    It's time to connect the dots.

    Ronan Farrow, the New Yorker's Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who has reported on the National Enquirer, said in a tweet Thursday night that AMI attempted to blackmail him.

    In June 2017, MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski accused President Donald Trump of threatening them with a hit piece in the National Enquirer in order to gain more favorable coverage on him on their show "Morning Joe."

    http://www.cnn.com/2019/02/08/media/national-enquirer-allegations/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0hAxF4icKpvFj2a1MdJF6LAOolhl1bXiIE8EZo1CE3948Wo33hiwGZT2M

    As Mr. Bezos’ investigation continued, The Post and others floated theories that American Media had gone after Mr. Bezos for political reasons, perhaps because President Trump considers him an enemy for the work his newspaper does.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/08/opinion/bezos-national-enquirer-blackmail.html?fbclid=IwAR03CYwZ--HBoBwcehmTINcKkyzbXJ3pPfgbP86cYzSq2EJ94uTPBvNt2l0

    Now we’re learning that, even as Saudi Arabia was having one of Bezos’ reporters murdered, Saudi Arabia was also apparently working with Trump and Pecker in a blackmail scheme against Bezos. What are the odds that this is a coincidence?

    http://politicaldig.com/a-link-has-emerged-between-trump-saudi-arabia-and-the-murder-of-bezos-employee-jamal-khashoggi/?fbclid=IwAR3XXcSyRvBgTGv1nTCqxbXv1DrRbuRAAzEUgCw-Y90TExzAhfxZhOvIU_U

    But by going public about the whole thing, Jeff Bezos has ensured that David Pecker will go to prison for a long time, because this extortion attempt will blow up his immunity plea deal with the SDNY. Further, Pecker’s lawyers are surely explaining to him right now that if he does sell or publish these pictures, it’ll exacerbate the circumstances of the crime, and ensure that Pecker will go to prison for even longer.

    Whatever you think of Jeff Bezos in general, he’s found a way to win in what was supposed to be a no-win situation. He’ll come out of this okay, and he just sent his would-be blackmailer David Pecker to prison. Bezos also found a way to blow this directly back onto Donald Trump, as the SDNY now has an angle for investigating and exposing Trump’s criminal culpability in the scandal. These kinds of Trump scandals usually tend to involve members of his family as well. It’ll all come out.”

    http://politicaldig.com/trump-pal-who-threatened-jeff-bezos-over-wapos-reporting-just-go-owned/?fbclid=IwAR1cAcrxRMBP1vr7yAyXCi-3HKxqrCFYk-JoqZqMijZCTavbRpJpE7RmP2o

    Especially after AMI told authorities they wouldn't repeat what they did in the past, which is what they did IMO. Pecker will fry.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    To me, it seems pretty clear that Trump was involved with the extortion attempt by David Pecker. In my mind, that's a clear case of "alienation of affection", but the chances of Bezos collecting any money from Trump based on that are very slim, since alienation of affection suits are only allowed in 7 states, and New York is not one of them.

    Both Pccker and Trump are going to lose out on this one, but it won't be because of an alienation of affection lawsuit.

    http://www.answers.com/Q/In_what_states_can_Alienation_of_Affection_lawsuits_still_be_filed

    I loved the picture in the New York Post:

    See the source image

  • Independent
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    I just wonder if "Mueller" has any interest in this story; the way it looks like it all belongs in Trump's "web" of wrongdoings.
  • Center Left
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    Bezos said "When the pee tape is released it will be free for prime members". That's a huge number of people. Too funny.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    The Daily Kos published a great story yesterday about the National Enquirer. Years ago, they decided to attack Carol Burnett, and she sued them. Ultimately, she was awarded $300,000 in compensatory damages and $1.3 million in punitive damages. At the time, the punitive damages were equal to 35% of the Enquirer's net worth, and were subsequently reduced on appeal.

    As the article points out in the final paragraphs, it is likely that David Pecker was encouraged to attack Bezos by both Trump and Saudi prince BDS.

    http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/2/8/1833242/-Jeff-Bezos-Has-Maybe-Outdone-The-Great-Carol-Burnett?detail=emaildkcs

    The National Enquirer has roots that go back to 1926, and it has had a troubled history ever since.

    In the 1942, it was indicted under the Smith Act for subverting the morale of U.S. troops.

    When the paper was purchased by Generoso Pope in 1952, the deal was financed by Mafia boss Frank Costello.

    In 1957, the paper changed its focus from editorial content to sex and scandal, but switched to reporting on celebrities, the occult and UFO's in 1967.

    As the article below mentions, there are LOTS of notable stories and lawsuits tied to this rag.

    Here's the paragraphs that will make your ears wiggle:

    According to reporting in The Washington Post, executives at the National Enquirer sent articles and cover images pertaining to Donald Trump or his electoral opponents to Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, prior to their publication. The Post reported that this practice has continued since Trump became President of the United States. American Media Inc. denied sharing material prior to publication. Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed American Media Inc as part of their investigations into Michael Cohen for possible violation of campaign finance laws.

    According to reporting by the Associated Press, during the 2016 United States presidential election, stories that supported Donald Trump or attacked his rivals bypassed the newspaper's standard fact checking process.

    Donald Trump reportedly suggested stories to David Pecker—sometimes via Hope Hicks and sometimes personally—including a negative story about Republican primary opponent Ben Carson.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Enquirer

    David Pecker has been a friend of Donald Trump since 1998, when he started producing Trump Style, which was distributed to guests at Trump properties. He supported Trump's first run at the presidency in 2000, when Trump belonged to the Reform Party.

    At a meeting in Trump Tower in 2014, he offered to Trump that he would use the National Enquirer to catch and kill any allegations of sexual affairs against him. In 2015, American Media paid $30,000 to the doorman at Trump Tower to obtain the rights to a story in which he alleged the Trump had an affair in the 1980's that resulted in the birth of a child. The mother was identified as Trump's former housekeeper.