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?
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos name-checked American Media, Inc. CEO and National Enquirer Publisher David Pecker in a Medium post that said the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him. Bezos’ mention of Pecker sparked headlines that harped on the double entendre, but it’s just the latest controversy involving the longtime media boss. Once called the “bad boy of magazine publishing,” Pecker is a successful media boss who was most recently also at the center of a controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is going through a messy divorce following allegations of an affair, alleged in a widely-read Medium post that the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him by threatening to publish intimate text messages and photos. In the post, Bezos name-checked American Media CEO and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker. Though many publications took aim at the double entendre … [Read more...] about How the National Enquirer’s David Pecker, ‘the bad boy of magazines,’ went from betraying Trump to facing off with Jeff Bezos
This week, I will provide readers with a FREE excerpt from Resistance Is Futile!: How the Trump-Hating Left Lost Its Collective Mind in order to prove that if you’d bought the book two months ago, you’d already understand the rules of the game. Now that Democrats are about to take control of the House, this is the only book you’ll need until President Trump is out of office. ** ** **Boring facts can be used to prove big crimes, but in the case of Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s payment to a porn star, what we have is a boring fact being used to prove a boring crime: an alleged violation of the campaign finance laws zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz … Worse: They’re trying to prove a reporting violation. If Trump paid the $130,000 himself solely to help his campaign — and he wouldn’t have minded at all having a porn star telling the tabloids she’d had sex with him except for the fact that he was running for president — it would be a reporting … [Read more...] about Ann Coulter — Government Indicts Ham Sandwich: Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty
David Voreacos, Chris Dolmetsch and Gerry Smith, Bloomberg Published 11:20 am PST, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014 photo, David Pecker, Chairman and CEO of American Media, addresses those attending the Shape & Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party in New York. The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush-money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump leading up to 2016 presidential election, people familiar with the arrangement told The Associated Press. The detail comes as several media outlets reported Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 that federal prosecutors have granted immunity to Pecker, potentially laying bare his efforts to protect his longtime friend Trump. (Marion Curtis via AP, File) less FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014 photo, David Pecker, Chairman and CEO of American Media, addresses those attending the Shape & Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party in New York. The National … [Read more...] about National Enquirer publisher admits to Trump deal, wont’ be prosecuted
Michael Brice-Saddler, The Washington Post Published 12:26 pm CST, Saturday, December 8, 2018 John Dean, a White House counsel under President Richard Nixon who received jail time for his role in the Watergate scandal, said Friday that allegations against President Donald Trump detailed in new court filings give Congress "little choice" other than to begin impeachment proceedings. Dean's comments, made during CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" segment, follow the release of a legal memo from federal prosecutors in New York regarding Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Prosecutors wrote that Cohen had implicated Trump in the arrangement of hush-money payments to women during the 2016 election. "I don't know that this will forever disappear into some dark hole of unprosecutable presidents," Dean said. "I think it will resurface in the Congress. I think what this totality of today's filings show that the House is going to have little choice, the way this is going, … [Read more...] about Congress will have to ‘start impeachment’ process after Cohen filings, former Nixon counsel says