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Friday, February 08, 2019

"American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos. Further, at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos, it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him. Nonetheless, in light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims. Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary."

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National Inquirer doesn't expect for its victims to stand up and fight for themselves. This should be fun!

#1 | Posted by danni at 2019-02-08 11:10 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Catch and Kill has been all of the tabloids MO for decades, as I have said previously, every time you see a headline like "National Enquirer has exclusive interview with...." that person has granted access to that particular rag in exchange for burying a story.

Oprah, Stallone, Cruise even Spielberg have all given "exclusives" to NE, Globe, the British tabloids, it is far more common than you would expect.

I am 100% behind Bezos on this and I hope he really sticks it to the NE.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-08 12:21 PM | Reply

#2,
'Catch and Kill has been all of the tabloids MO for decades'

ROC, How is it you are privy to that knowledge?

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-02-08 02:19 PM | Reply


@#1 ... National Inquirer doesn't expect for its victims to stand up and fight for themselves. ...

Carol Burnette stood up and fought.

Carol Burnett Settles With Enquirer in Suit
www.nytimes.com

...Carol Burnett said today that her legal battle against The National Enquirer stemming from a 1976 article about her has been settled with the payment of an undisclosed sum by the tabloid.

The actress sued the publication for libel because of a 1976 article that reported she was drunk in a restaurant and argued with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger.

Her suit said the article was false, libelous and malicious.

Miss Burnett and the Enquirer have agreed not to discuss terms of the settlement beyond the fact that it has been made, according to Barry Langberg, an attorney for the actress.

In 1981, a jury awarded Miss Burnett $1.3 million in punitive damages and $300,000 in general damages, amounts that were reduced to $750,000 and $50,000 respectively by the trial judge. The amounts were further reduced by an appeals court to $150,000 in punitive damages and $50,000 in general damages, giving Miss Burnett the option to seek a new trial or make a settlement with the publication. The settlement today negates the need for a new trial....


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-02-08 04:02 PM | Reply

Bezos has decided to repay blood for blood.

Good.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2019-02-08 04:21 PM | Reply

#3

At any one time, entertainment law is between 40-70% of my caseload, I have dealt with these types of issues many times. I also know plenty of "journalists" for NE, TMZ and Nikki Finke's various properties over the years.

This has been a weirdly symbiotic relationship in entertainment for decades, falling under the rubric of "there is no such thing as bad publicity."

Vipers like AMI look at things like this as a cost of doing business.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-02-08 04:45 PM | Reply

I notice the National Enquirer's statement doesn't deny that the emails were sent to Bezos and his investigator. There's no way to misinterpret the obvious extortion in those communications. Good faith negotiations? Riiiight.

#7 | Posted by cbob at 2019-02-08 04:45 PM | Reply

To bad Michael Cohen isn't available to help AMI investigate themselves.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2019-02-08 04:50 PM | Reply

I kind of always thought the tabloids all blackmailed famous people. Same with paparazzi.
"Blackmail" meaning give an interview, pose for these photos, pay me cash, etc or we will run story x. Sleezy stuff for sure.
I don't know why, but I just don't care whether they do or don't.

If they did the "crime", and don't want to pay the price, then let the truth come out in the tabloid.

#9 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2019-02-08 04:57 PM | Reply

Its starting to look like AMI might be under saudi control, and AMI has a trove of blackmail info on trump.

So not only is trump under putin's thumb, he's under the saudi's thumb as well. Which explains why he wont speak up when they kill americans.

Are we maga yet?

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-08 04:57 PM | Reply

I don't know why, but I just don't care whether they do or don't.

#9 | Posted by 101Chairborne

Do you care if someone has info to blackmail the president with?

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-02-08 04:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Hollywood could make a hell of a movie just about this angle of a presidency that was already ripe for moviedom. Even Oliver Stone would have a hard time contriving a film to match the reality. The world's richest man, the unusually grisly murder of a Saudi columnist, the Washington Post vs the National Enquirer, naughty photos and text messages, extortion, and a sleazy president whose greatest achievement beforehand was hosting a reality show.

#12 | Posted by cbob at 2019-02-08 04:59 PM | Reply

AMI started publishing a pro-Saudi magazine last year.
www.thedailybeast.com

#13 | Posted by cbob at 2019-02-08 05:01 PM | Reply

Let me guess, they find they did nothing wrong.
Just a hunch, thank me later.

#14 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-02-08 06:19 PM | Reply

In other news, the fox vowed to investigate thoroughly recent chicken deaths at local henhouse.

#15 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-02-08 08:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Extortion is a felony under federal and state (FL & WA) law.

------ will be in a heap of trouble if his limited immunity deal over the Cohen/Trump payoffs is rescinded over this.

#16 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-02-09 03:36 AM | Reply

Jeff Bezos Protests the Invasion of His Privacy, as Amazon Builds a Sprawling Surveillance State for Everyone Else

theintercept.com

#17 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-09 08:11 AM | Reply

#17 | Posted by nullifidian

you're like a bloodhound on the scent of tRump pheromones...anything that has a whiff of tRump perfidy about it, immediately sets you to baying at the moon.
I do kinda miss...BenBenBenGhaaaaazzzii though.

#18 | Posted by ABlock at 2019-02-09 09:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Jeff Bezos Protests the Invasion of His Privacy, as Amazon Builds a Sprawling Surveillance State for Everyone Else

theintercept.com

#17 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-02-09 08:11 AM | Reply | Flag:

That has nothing to do with this. But you knew that. You've become a tiresome hack.

Bezos doesn't get off the hook for his transgressions. But guess what? Trump doesn't either.

#19 | Posted by cbob at 2019-02-09 08:30 PM | Reply

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