Those of us who are fascinated by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ war against The National Enquirer—and also against the government of Saudi Arabia and the Trump administration—now have more to be fascinated by, thanks to a scoop in Bezos’ newspaper, The Washington Post. Here’s the headline: “The National Enquirer is being sold for $100 million to James Cohen, CEO of Hudson News.”Yes, the Post had the scoop, as well as the details. American Media Inc. (AMI), corporate parent of the Enquirer, is spinning off the troubled tabloid. Although the Enquirer has been selling sensationalism since 1926, it’s best known these days because AMI chief David Pecker, a Manhattan chum of Donald Trump, has been regularly accused of using his publication to help the 45th president. In particular, Pecker is alleged to have used the so-called “catch and kill” maneuver—that is, buying a story that could embarrass Trump (or others), … [Read more...] about Virgil: The National Enquirer Has Lost Its Pecker—How Did That Happen?
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 10, 2019, 6:19 PM GMT By Daniella Silva The attorney for the CEO of American Media Inc. denied Sunday that the company sought to blackmail Jeff Bezos after the Amazon founder accused it of "extortion" for threatening to publish intimate photos of him and his girlfriend. "It absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail," said Elkan Abramowitz, attorney for AMI CEO David Pecker, on ABC’s "This Week" on Sunday. On Thursday, Bezos accused AMI, the parent-company of the National Enquirer, of “extortion and blackmail” in a bombshell post on the blogging site Medium. Bezos, the owner of The Washington Post, wrote that AMI demanded that he stop the newspaper from reporting on alleged political motivations behind the National Enquirer's initial stories about his relationship with his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez. Bezos also … [Read more...] about Lawyer for National Enquirer’s David Pecker denies Bezos’ blackmail accusations
Mark Niquette Bloomberg Published 1:15 PM EST Feb 10, 2019 The lawyer for the chairman of the National Enquirer’s parent company said there wasn’t any blackmail, extortion or political motivations involved in the fight between the tabloid and Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon. Photos and other details about Bezos’s extramarital affair came from “a reliable source” known to Bezos – and not from President Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia or Trump adviser Roger Stone, said Elkan Abramowitz, an attorney for David Pecker, chairman, chief executive and president of American Media Inc. “It was a usual story that National Enquirer gets from reliable sources,” Abramowitz said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. He didn’t name the source. In a public blog post Feb. 7, Bezos published letters from lawyers representing AMI who demanded he drop a private investigation into the company – or else it would publish more … [Read more...] about Pecker’s lawyer: Jeff Bezos letters weren’t extortion
POLITICS 11/09/2018 01:53 pm ET "Get it done," Trump said of making the payments, according to a Wall Street Journal report. By Sebastian Murdock President Donald Trump played a key role in silencing porn star Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal, who both claimed to have had affairs with the president. Media executive David Pecker met with Trump multiple times to discuss using the National Enquirer tabloid to buy the silence of women he allegedly slept with, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The publication said it spoke to three dozen people with direct knowledge of the payments. The U.S. Attorneys Office in Manhattan now has evidence of Trump’s role in the hush payments, according to the WSJ. He previously denied having knowledge about the payments. In October 2016, when discussing making a payment to Daniels, Trump told his then-attorney Michael Cohen to “get it done.” Read the full story at the Wall Street … [Read more...] about Trump Personally Facilitated Hush Money Payments To Stormy Daniels And Karen McDougal: WSJ
close Video Report: Trump led effort to silence Stormy Daniels The Wall Street Journal reports President Trump ordered his then-lawyer Michael Cohen to get a restraining order against porn star Stormy Daniels with help from the president's son, Eric Trump. As a presidential candidate in August 2015, Donald Trump huddled with a longtime friend, media executive David Pecker, in his cluttered 26th floor Trump Tower office and made a request. What can you do to help my campaign? he asked, according to people familiar with the meeting. Mr. Pecker, chief executive of American Media Inc., offered to use his National Enquirer tabloid to buy the silence of women if they tried to publicize alleged sexual encounters with Mr. Trump. Less than a year later, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Pecker to quash the story of a former Playboy model who said they’d had an affair. Mr. Pecker’s company soon paid $150,000 to the model, Karen McDougal, to keep her from speaking publicly about it. … [Read more...] about Report: Trump played central role in hush payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal