I’ve written a post about developments with the National Enquirer and its parent company, AMI. You can find it here
Billionaires are in bad odor these days. I say, thank God for billionaires who protect the free press, reinvent business models, do cool stuff in space, and stand up to complete and utter Peckers
HOLY COW. In a medium post, says that David Pecker and AMI threatened to release embarrassing photos unless Bezos agreed to stop investigating them and released a statement saying he didn’t have anything on them! He included emails in the post.
Jeff Bezos has a blog post about what he says is the National Inquirer trying to shake him down over semi-nude photos they obtained of him. He puts the email from the Inquirer and his response.
3. I mean the fact that David Pecker and AMI were attempting to blackmail the richest man in the world while they are cooperating with the US Attorney on the Trump investigation is something else. I mean....I will truly never get over this post.
I aspire to one day have “fuck you, publish my dick pics” money.
well holy shit
The news here is that Bezos has laid out AMI’s “catch-and-kill” tactic in greater and more explicit detail than we’ve seen before. Luckily for him (and unluckily for AMI), he’s just rich enough to not be scared.
You know we are at a disgusting moment in our nation's history when the billionaire sending out dick pics is the HERO of the story.
Good for for going public with the National Enquirer "blackmail" attempt. I don't know if what the Enquirer did is illegal, but it certainly seems slimy and unjournalistic. His Medium article is well worth a read (though it made my laptop blush)
Everyone is entitled to intimate privacy, from the powerful to the powerless. asks the right question at a truly vulnerable moment: "If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?"
The sort of response to threats that make everyone a bit less likely to be victims of them in the future
Jeff Bezos does the smart thing, gets out ahead of personal photos being leaked, and won’t back down.
Jeff Bezos publishes letters from AMI that he says show threats to publish his nude photos unless he backs off from criticizing AMI's coverage ()
2. Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man in the world (who happens to be CEO of the 2nd most valuable company in the world), published an email from a top AMI exec noting that they had Bezos' dick pics and threatening to publish them. I will never get over this.
This is seriously... unnnnnbelievable. The Enquirer and its ultra-sleazebag CEO tried to openly extort Jeff Bezos... THE RICHEST MAN ON PLANET EARTH... Bezos threw their dirt out there himself and just dragged these scumbags out into the light of day.
Remarkable: Jeff Bezos publishes "the precise details” of AMI's "extortionate proposal” to him, including emails from Chief Content Officer Dylan Howard
Well done indeed - this is the only way to stand up to bullies. Please keep us updated on the Saudi angle #TrumpLovesPecker
I realize the internet has no room for nuance, but please find it. Whatever you think of Bezos, the fact that the Nationa Enquirer appears to be blackmailing people to manipulate press coverage is no joke.
Again, I hereby nominate Jeff Bezos for the ``2019 Pulitzer Prize For Public Service.'' His willingness to take on and expose the National Enquirer is an enormously important act of civic journalism. Thank you Jeff.
Bezos says "numerous people have contacted our investigation team about their similar experiences with AMI, and how they needed to capitulate because, for example, their livelihoods were at stake"
The real news here is not that AMI tried to use incriminating photos of Bezos to get him to do what they want. That is what AMI does. 1/2
Jeff Bezos, like a goddamned boss. The hero we need
But seriously, this is blackmail by National Enquirer. They should all be thrown in jail.
One interesting note, Jon Fine, the deputy general counsel for American Media who sent the email to Bezos’s lawyer, himself used to work for Amazon. He gave out the literary grants!
Late to this but what an incredibly effective response to extortion.
Holy crap! Media mouthpiece for Trump and the Saudi royal family tries to blackmail owner of Washington Post—Jeff Bezos—with stolen sex pics. It ... does not go as planned
jeff bezos is good at saying that he's good at business
Bezos uses the word "complexifier" twice in this piece, in case you didn't hate him enough already
This is beyond awesome of Jeff Bezos. If someone blackmails you, esp with nude photos, call their bluff. We should not care about the photos nor seek to view them.
“I asked him to prioritize protecting my time since I have other things I prefer to work on and to proceed with whatever budget he needed to pursue the facts in this matter.” That’s a nice way of saying, “We are coming for you.”
"Be assured, no real journalists ever propose anything like what is happening here."
This is remarkable and disgusting. These people should be in jail. And it's had not to feel a certain admiration for for refusing to cave to their blackmail.
I couldn't read this post fast enough. Holy crap
Dear , Please remind us of the difference between blackmail and extortion?
This is fascinating and feels like a Distinct Moment in internet history, but also -- everyone needs an editor, including Jeff Bezos.
Bloody. Hell. We live in crazy times
Jeffrey Bezos wrote a medium post explaining why he refuses to pay David Pecker extortion money in exchange for pictures of Bezos' pecker. I earnestly hope Gawker's fate will be visited upon National Enquirer.
I gotta say-in the context of all the billionaire bashing of late-worth noting there are a # of billionaires trying to do the right thing & in the process putting themselves in very challenging situations of privacy violations, harassment, & worse.
Jeff Bezos is risking having his dick pics posted in order to stand up to the slimiest "news" organization in the country, which coordinated its 2016 coverage with the Trump campaign. Jeff Bezos is a hero.
Jeff Bezos: "If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?" Holy shit.
Wow. Good heavens. On the face of it, kudos to you – that took courage.
“Publish and be damned” —The Duke of Wellington
There are many amazing things about the Jeff Bezos dick pic Medium post but the URL (no-thank-you-mr-pecker) is right up there near the top
No, sounds like the workplace, where hard work and discipline have nothing on male privilege when getting promotions and raises, is the problem.
Jeff Bozos turns the table on his blackmailers
Been watching, reading celebrations of Jeff Bezos for publishing parts of one side of communications between his team and National Enquirer. But reading Bezos piece, it's hard to figure out what is going on. Need more.
Wait, you're telling me the National Enquirer is a bag of gross?
I have always admired Jeff Bezos. Now he is my personal hero, standing tall in the face of bullies & thugs
I don’t approve of the personal behavior, but I’m on #TeamBezos here. No thank you, Mr. Pecker – Jeff Bezos – Medium
Does the Stringer Bell rule extend to emails? Methinks it does!
"I asked him to prioritize protecting my time since I have other things I prefer to work on and to proceed with whatever budget he needed to pursue the facts in this matter." Can you imagine what Bezos' PI's budget is?
My god, ⁦⁩ is an American legend.
Bezos is a clunky writer, but this open letter to the aptly named David Pecker is a delight. The National Enquirer and AMI are an extortion racket. Bezos won’t be extorted.
Is It Loathsome Lindsey? BEZOS BLACKMAIL BRUSHBACK ... has many asking who ELSE was the Enquirer blackmailing & was it done FOR Trump & the Saudis via
Yeeeah I'm no fan of Jeff Bezos but that is for sure some Big Dick Energy
“If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?” - Jeff Bezos on refusing to be blackmailed by National Enquirer
Jeff Bezos about to give AMI the Peter Thiel / Gawker treatment.
Wow, what an effective response and good use of privilege. Bravo, .
"If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?" Bezos calls out National Enquirer on attempts to blackmail him into dropping an investigation into its original expose on his personal life
Gotta admire this move.
Goodness ... ... Evidence that, for some reason, the content-author of the simulation we're in wants us to believe he has a twistedly childish sense of humor? Or maybe he just wants us to believe he wants us to believe this? A bit hard to interpret...
Today I learned that "complexifier" is a word.
I didn't think the tax the rich debate would arrive at an equilibrium of "billionaires get to keep their money but they have to show the world their sexts"
"I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out." And so has done just that
Go get 'em Thank you for taking this stand.
What’s the best touch in Bezos’ post? Perhaps not giving the AMI people the courtesy of redacting their contact information from the communications he just gave to the entire world, including the deputy counsel’s cell number.
Jeff Bezos doing a Medium post that mentions a "below the belt selfie" of his own anatomy definitely wins 2019 Event I Didn't See Happening
I kind of love this post from Bezos, and the headline is...well, genius. But c'mon. Where's the art?!
Well this is quite something.
Still thinking about this amazing Bezos/AMI story. At the nut is the "nerve" Bezos' investigation has hit with AMI wrt Saudis and political influence. One senses a much larger narrative unwinding here. Feels like so many more shoes may drop...
No thank you, Mr. Pecker – Jeff Bezos – Medium .... There is literally not enough popcorn for 2019 ...
I think the phrase "lawyer up" just reached a new high-water mark...
This is a brave & brilliant response by ⁦⁩ to bullying by people who pretend to be journalists
Good for Bezos. Don’t let the bastards get you down.
I wonder if anyone is reading this
No thank you, Mr. Pecker. The National Enquirer threatens to publish dick pics and calls their bluff - and tears the owner a new one via #journalism
Am I the only one who thinks of a certain pivotal moment in "Hamilton" when they read this Jeff Bezos post?
Just signed up for the online (high time!)...
“I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out.”
Not to say that the present isn't also crazy…
including, supposedly, the now-POTUS). So, what does Bezos do? He reveals the plot, including, the full, embarrassing details relevant to him. What else does Bezos reveal? 1) He's able to weaponize an online, uh, medium in a way only a certain 7/X
if I were Bezos, I'd have had an AWS GPU ML research team deep-fake a thousand variants of each of the 9 photos the National Enquirer threatened to release – and release those myself, simultaneous with this "f-you" post
I think the National Enquirer just accidentally made Jeff Bezos sexy. No thank you, Mr. Pecker – Jeff Bezos – Medium
Transparency in action: Blackmail loses all power when dragged out of the shadows into the light