A fight between titans with an extortioner in the middle. Jeff Bezos, the maker of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post (WP), is confronted with David Pecker, the editor of the sensational magazine The National Enquirer and the & # 39; funeral director & # 39; of different compromise stories for President Donald Trump.
Pecker has published a series of notes on divorce and the new partner of Bezos in recent months and many in the United States believe that it is actually a retake of his friend Trump for the many notes that WP has made about more than 5,000 lies that the magnate launched since he came to the White House and his possible re-election.
The scandal erupted when Bezos last week published a statement in which he accused Pecker of trying to extort money from him by publishing private messages that he had exchanged with his beloved. Bezos, the richest man in the world with $ 130,000 million, made this accusation in a long online post in which he unveils messages sent by lawyers and editors of American Media, the company owned by Pecker. "Before surrendering to extortion and blackmail, I decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the threat of personal costs and shame in some of the situations described," he wrote.
According to the New York Post, Bezos, 55, decided to request a divorce from his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, as soon as he learned that the Enquirer published photos with Lauren Sanchez, a five-year-younger journalist and helicopter pilot, and a series of e-mails with explicit sex messages. Sanchez was the presenter of Channel 11 in Los Angeles and is still married to her second husband, Patrick Whitesell, who represents actors like Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Kevin Costner and Hugh Jackman. Bezos and Sanchez were seen together at the party organized by Amazon after the Golden Globes gala.
Those who had the information and photos were the Enquirer journalists and a group of lawyers who worked for editor Pecker and Bezos asked to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to stop the publication. That strategy is what Pecker always used and that also served to save Trump several times from their scandals. The two have been friends for decades. According to the federal survey on the irregular funding of the presidential campaign in 2016, Pecker helped the then candidate by buying and submitting various compromises. The publication only acquired the story of Karen McDougall, a Playboy model who had an affair with Trump, who never published. The tactic is known in the journalistic environment of Washington as "catching and killing", hunting and killing the scoop in exchange for a favor or a large sum of money. The model charged $ 150,000 to tell her about her relationship with the tycoon and the scandal only came to light when she filed the complaint in court.
Another story that the Enquirer kept in the vault was that of the porn actress Stormy Daniels. All these operations were coordinated by Pecker and Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is being prosecuted for lying on these issues to a US Congress committee. When Pecker was involved in the investigation, he decided to cooperate with the Bureau in exchange for immunity.
Bezos says in his statement that all these controversies have political motives. "It is inevitable that certain powerful people who fall under the Washington Post are wrongly concluding that I am the enemy, and the president is one of those people, as shown by his many tweets." Trump regularly tweets against the Post and its owner. .
He is especially very upset if the newspaper regularly reads the lies or 'false statements & # 39; publishes that he publishes. "In the first seven months of 2018, Trump was about 2.140 times inaccurate or liar, almost the same number as during his first office year, with a total of 4,229 inaccuracies, and the meter adds and continues, each time at a faster rate," published the WP. At these moments the lies of the resident of the White House are already greater than 5,000, on average seven a day.
Another hard issue that confronts the richest man with the most powerful in the world is the relationship with Saudi Arabia and the murder of a reporter from the WP collaborator. In his statement Bezos says that it is particularly unpopular in certain circles & # 39; the newspaper's investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who criticized the regime of Riyadh who was killed and celebrated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the orders of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey.
In this context Bezos contributes two news links in his communication. One from the New York Times, claiming that Pecker has business interests in Saudi Arabia and invited a senior official from that country to a dinner with Trump in the White House. And another, from the Associated Press, about a magazine published by American Media, the company of Pecker, which appeared last year at the kiosks in Washington and was nothing more than a PR operation in favor of Prince Bin Salman.
Bezos commissioned the investigation into the extortion of Gavin van Becker, a legal and security advisor who works regularly for him and for Amazon. De Becker would have concluded that the compromising photos and messages to the Enquirer were delivered by Michael Sanchez, the brother of Lauren Sanchez, the girlfriend-reporter of Bezos. Michael Sanchez is an artistic agent from Hollywood with regard to characters from the Trumpian world, such as Roger Stone or Carter Page. Your Twitter account is full of messages that the media are attacking because they & false; & # 39; false news & # 39; talk about Trump. As soon as this was known, Pecker sent his operators to reprimand Bezos again, telling him that if he did not stop the life of Michael Sanchez, he would publish many more uncompromising photos. The maker of Amazon contributes in his communication an e-mail from Pecker, dated 5 February, in which he has detailed all photos of sexual content that they have. "If I can not oppose this kind of extortion in my position, who can do that?", Bezos writes. "Of course I do not want personal photos to be published, but I'm not going to take part in his famous practice of blackmail, political favors and corruption." I prefer to get up, lift this trunk and see what's underneath. comes from. "
"I'm sorry to hear the news that Jeff Bozo [estúpido, en inglés coloquial] It was shot by a competitor whose report, I understand, is much more accurate than that of his lobbyist newspaper, the Amazon Washington Post. I hope the newspaper will soon be in better hands and more responsible! "Was the tweet that Trump launched on one of his sleepless nights shortly after the details of the scandal were announced – a message that showed the bad blood between Bezos and Trump – a rivalry that comes from far and is both political and businesslike. In the end, it's a fight in which the re-election of Trump is at stake: a fight between those who try to stay in the White House for another four years and those who can not bear so many lies and lies and who are looking for that conference are embarking on a trial of deposition that prevents re-election.