15 Funniest Reactions To Jeff Bezos’ Explosive Post Accusing The National Enquirer Of Blackmail

Jeff Bezos penned an explosive Medium post on Thursday accusing the National Enquirer’s parent company, AMI, of extortion.

According to the Amazon CEO, the National Enquirer—via the attorney of an investigator Bezos hired—wrote to him in no uncertain terms that it would publish compromising photos (dick pics) unless he stopped investigating how they obtained texts messages between Bezos and his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, which they released weeks ago.

“Something unusual happened to me yesterday,” Bezos wrote on Medium. “Actually, for me it wasn’t just unusual — it was a first. I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I’m glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing,” he continued. “Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten.”

Bezos titled his post “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” referring to AMI’s chairman and CEO, David Pecker. The Amazon CEO expounds on previous beliefs that the Enquirer‘s publication of his extramarital affair, including the text messages, was politically motivated.

“Here’s a piece of context,” Bezos writes. “My ownership of the Washington Post is a complexifier for me. It’s unavoidable that certain powerful people who experience Washington Post news coverage will wrongly conclude I am their enemy. President Trump is one of those people, obvious by his many tweets.”

Considering the National Enquirer‘s history of killing stories embarrassing to President Donald Trump, the Bezos-owned Washington Post’s unrelenting coverage of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in view of Trump’s ties to the Saudis, and AMI’s insistence Bezos publicly state that there was no political motive behind the blackmail (not to mention this gleeful tweet from Trump, among dozens of others), in penning the Medium post Bezos indeed emerges as a kind of modern-day First Amendment martyr.

“If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?” he asks.

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Read Jeff Bezos’ entire Medium post here.

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