As it turns out AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer, has a history of extortion and blackmail.

By |2019-02-10T07:45:39+00:00February 10th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments

I guess that helps to explain why Donald Trump likes them so much.

Courtesy of NBC News

In the hours after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos publicly accused the National Enquirer’s parent company of “extortion and blackmail,” several prominent names in journalism and one Hollywood star alleged the tabloid giant had tried to intimidate or threaten them, too.

The allegations could put even more scrutiny on the company, American Media, and its chief executive, David Pecker, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump. Pecker has been accused of buying controversial stories about Trump to keep them private — a media industry practice known as “catch and kill.”

Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow said in a tweet Thursday night that he and “at least one other prominent journalist” who had reported on the link between the National Enquirer and Trump received what he characterized as “stop digging or we’ll ruin you” blackmail threats from AMI.

In a direct response to Farrow’s tweet, former Associated Press investigative editor Ted Bridis said: “We were warned explicitly by insiders that AMI had hired private investigators to dig into backgrounds of @AP journalists looking into the tabloid’s efforts on behalf of Trump.”

Bridis added: “Never saw evidence of this either way, and it didn’t stop our reporting.”

In an article published Thursday night, the Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay reported that the publication and “a member of its staff were threatened by AMI’s attorneys.” The article did not characterize the alleged threats in detail.

“Imagine if Pecker and his pals put as much effort into getting scoops as they do into threatening people,” Daily Beast editor in chief Noah Shachtman told NBC News on Friday. “It’s the latest reminder — as if we needed one — that there’s nothing too low for this crowd.”

Another such accusation comes from Dino Sajudin, a former doorman for one of Trump’s buildings in New York City. Sajudin’s lawyer, Marc Held, told NBC News in a statement that Sajudin was threatened by AMI, which he said had paid him $30,000 to keep quiet about a relationship between Trump and a Playboy Playmate.

Sajudin’s agreement included a $1 million penalty if he spoke out.

Apparently, AMI told Sajudin that if he spoke out it would be “detrimental to his family.”

Anybody else getting a Mafia type vibe from this company?

They also targeted “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor Terry Crews.

You know Gawker was sued out of existence by Hulk Hogan, and if Bezos wants to go that route he certainly has a number of folks who might sign on for a class action lawsuit. 

With Bezos immense wealth he could destroy the National Enquirer completely. 

Personally, I think that doing so would make him a national hero. 

And just imagine how pissed off it would make Donald Trump.

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10 Comments

  1. Anon February 10, 2019 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I’m hoping he sues the pants (pun intended) off of them.

  2. Anonymous February 10, 2019 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Yeah, and guys, no more dic pics. Whats with that? And bezos doesnt seem to be all that smart if he did that cuz dont he know thats good blackmail material. What men do when they are on a horny spree. Now, i understand bezos was speculating that his phone could not have been hacked easily like that and it had to be a more sophisticated entity to have gotten pictures of the phone. Now, would our agencies under the united states have followed orders and done that?

  3. Whatevs February 10, 2019 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Not more sophisticated, just proximate. LIke his mistress’s brother – or Jeff, if you’re smart, you also suspect the mistress.

    • Anon February 11, 2019 at 7:53 am - Reply

      I agree about the mistress. Put blame on Bro? What a gal. Isn’t she a reporter?

  4. Anonymous February 10, 2019 at 10:06 am - Reply

    So he sent dick pics. Like mass shootings, becoming so commonplace, look further.
    There’s a reason that they’re gunning for him, no pun intended.

  5. OK February 10, 2019 at 10:53 am - Reply

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/national-enquirer-lawyer-says-leaker-was-well-known-to-jeff-bezos-and-lauren-sanchez?ref=home

    ““It absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail,” Abramowitz said.

    “What happened was the story was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source that had given information to the National Enquirer for … years prior to this story. It was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez.”

    “I can’t discuss who the source was,” Abramowitz said. “Just, it’s… confidential within AMI.””
    “asked whether the leaker was Sanchez’s brother, Michael, who has ties to Trumpworld associates like Roger Stone.

    “I’m not going to comment on what Michael Sanchez said,” Abramowitz replied. “I’m not permitted to tell you, or confirm or deny, who the source is. I can tell you, it’s not Saudi Arabia. It’s not President Trump. It’s not Roger Stone. But I cannot tell you who the source is.””

  6. Anonymous February 10, 2019 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Would be interesting how many hit peices trump had pecker do for him. Selma hayak said trump went after her after she turned him away. So trump has had people bowing down to appease his ass long ago before they designated him their golden or in this case i should say orange calf.

  7. Anonymous February 10, 2019 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Chuck Todd scored one on Mulvaney, who said trump wasn’t involved and Chuck said well maybe that is what he is doing during his executive time so you wouldn’t know. That shut him up.

    Also said that little donnie will shut the government down again if he doesn’t get his wall money, well again that is on him (since the last time went so well) since he doesn’t have to shut the government down.

  8. Anonymous in Chicago February 10, 2019 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Pecker and his pal Trump, invented “fake news”.

    Don’t forget that the psycho in the White House used to pretend to be Donald Trump’s publicist to brag about himself. Here is the Washington Post article detailing what the Lunatic-in-Chief used to do:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trump-alter-ego-barron/2016/05/12/02ac99ec-16fe-11e6-aa55-670cabef46e0_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.fb32d426b3e5

    Trump doesn’t suffer from Alzheimers, he’s just plain nuts. It scares the crap out of me.

  9. John Barron Miller February 11, 2019 at 7:33 am - Reply

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/mistress-lauren-sanchezs-brother-leaked-bezos-racy-texts-to-enquirer-sources-say-7?ref=home

    “source who has been in extensive communication with senior leaders at AMI confirmed that Michael Sanchez first supplied Bezos’ texts to the Enquirer.” “the probe is over and the results will be turned over to the authorities.

    “Our investigation into who initially provided texts to the National Enquirer, and why it was done—that investigation is now complete.”
    “Documents reviewed by The Daily Beast show that Michael Sanchez believed the Enquirer pursued its story about Bezos with “President Trump’s knowledge and appreciation”—a chase encouraged, in Sanchez’s estimation, by Republican operatives “who THINK Jeff gets up every morning and has a WaPo meeting to plot its next diabolical attack on President Trump.”
    “There is no one inside this inquiry process who doesn’t believe he’s ground zero,””

    ““I’ve never hacked anyone,” Stone told The Daily Beast, which had neither suggested or asked if he had. “I do know Michael Sanchez—very good guy.”

    He certainly was a reliable and public supporter of the president. “For anyone too stupid or too bitter to admit Mueller’s pack of @POTUS-hating @TheDemocrats is leading an out-of-control witch hunt, read about @jerome_corsi,” Sanchez wrote in a more-or-less typical tweet. “Muellerism = McCarthyism.”

    According to the Washington Post, Sanchez said he had heard from AMI staffers that the tabloid operation was in the middle of “a takedown to make Trump happy.””

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/mistress-lauren-sanchezs-brother-leaked-bezos-racy-texts-to-enquirer-sources-say-7?ref=scroll

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