Friday, February 08, 2019

Intra-media war

When the Washington Post goes to war with the National Enquirer, I think we all know who wins. America.
Any personal embarrassment AMI could cause me takes a back seat because there’s a much more important matter involved here. If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can? (On that point, 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.)

In the AMI letters I’m making public, you will see the precise details of their extortionate proposal: They will publish the personal photos unless Gavin de Becker and I make the specific false public statement to the press that we “have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.”

If we do not agree to affirmatively publicize that specific lie, they say they’ll publish the photos, and quickly. And there’s an associated threat: They’ll keep the photos on hand and publish them in the future if we ever deviate from that lie.

Be assured, no real journalists ever propose anything like what is happening here: I will not report embarrassing information about you if you do X for me. And if you don’t do X quickly, I will report the embarrassing information.

Nothing I might write here could tell the National Enquirer story as eloquently as their own words below.

These communications cement AMI’s long-earned reputation for weaponizing journalistic privileges, hiding behind important protections, and ignoring the tenets and purpose of true journalism. Of course I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, and corruption. I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out.
I'm both amused by Jeff Bezos's appeal to the nonexistent integrity of "real journalists" and amazed that the National Enquirer people were willing to put their demands in writing.

But I don't see why Bezos should resist the idea of giving a false public statement. There are literally dozens of them published in his newspaper every single day.

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Blogger Servant of the Chief February 08, 2019 5:42 AM  

In an ideal world, media outlets would be eating eachother alive in real terms, of reporting, speculating current events and tearing eachother apart for their respective bullshit.

At least that way they'd focus most of their destructive energies on eachother rather than all that is good and holy.

Blogger bodenlose Schweinerei February 08, 2019 5:53 AM  

Hmmm, wonder if the Bezos house of cards is finally starting to seriously wobble? He's done more with other people's money than even the stinky guy, but it looks like his current personal predicament is putting pressure on his professional position.

Blogger Shimshon February 08, 2019 5:57 AM  

The problem for Jeff is that if they can't affirm that they “have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces,” then they should release what "knowledge or basis" they have for believing the same.

Anonymous Anonymous February 08, 2019 6:00 AM  

Yep. Put up or shut up, Bozo

Blogger Lovekraft February 08, 2019 6:07 AM  

Their broader scheme is to import so many foreign cultures and democrat-dependent voters that things like accountability and morality get lost in the confusion.

Blogger JG February 08, 2019 6:24 AM  

Why does the song "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" keep running through my head?

Blogger McChuck February 08, 2019 6:41 AM  

"These communications cement AMI’s long-earned reputation for weaponizing journalistic privileges, hiding behind important protections, and ignoring the tenets and purpose of true journalism."


That's the business model of the WaPo and NYT. And don't forget CNN's decision to extort the occasional poor schmuck.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 08, 2019 6:54 AM  

Jeff has a tiny problem on his hands.

Blogger JG February 08, 2019 7:06 AM  

NY Post went there... cover: "Bezos Exposes Pecker"

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume February 08, 2019 7:15 AM  

JG wrote:NY Post went there... cover: "Bezos Exposes Pecker"

Those headlines are the best. Though I don't think they've attained the heights of the headlines in the time of Weiner-gate.

So, Bezos is angry that Trump weaponized another media corporation against Bezos' media corporation? Cry me a river, Jeff.

Blogger Longtime Lurker February 08, 2019 7:25 AM  

Good morning. This is Bezos, De Becker, and Pecker. How may I direct your call?

Blogger Out of Nod February 08, 2019 7:58 AM  

This is what Heartiste calls "Failing the Jumbotron test"

Blogger Silent Draco February 08, 2019 8:22 AM  

I recall something about SJWs always project. Sounds like Bezos' projection was used to hoist him on his own petard.

Blogger Johnny February 08, 2019 8:45 AM  

I have come to think of actors and journalists as being a lot alike. The similarity is circumstance. They both have to appeal to the public on a continuous basis, and if they are not big time one bad performance can end their career. As a result neither profession can do much beyond pandering to the public. I suppose some of them do it naturally and are unaware they are doing it. These are the fools who think they are noble for what they publish. And those with greater insight know they are just pandering to people for profit. As a result those who get all huffy puffy moral are the ones who don't know what they are doing.

As for real or legitimate journalism. What you see is what you get. The "real" is just an abstract idea. (Like real science.)

And as for this fight, too bad Mr. Pecker wasn't involved with Weiner-gate. The puns would be endless.

Blogger Damelon Brinn February 08, 2019 8:46 AM  

Wondered if his wife was the first rat off the ship.

Blogger tz February 08, 2019 9:26 AM  

Meanwhile The Corporate Cancer is starting to show like Cupose's Sarcoma. Sort of like what is happening in Virginia. The Left can't see that it is dying from self-inflicted wounds.

Blogger Tars Tarkusz February 08, 2019 10:47 AM  

Now Bezos knows what it feels like to be the target of a media hit piece notwithstanding his incredible ability to fight back through his own propaganda rag and his status as richest man in the world.

Funny enough, the only people who have a high opinion of journalists are journalists. They even built a museum to themselves and were surprised when nobody visited it. Their over-inflated egos are second only to academics.

This does give some insight into how the elite are controlled. What we have always suspected has now been shown to be true in writing. Now they will use this example as proof that it doesn't happen because people cannot keep secrets.

Blogger Longtime Lurker February 08, 2019 11:18 AM  

@17: Talk about "incredible ability to fight back," Bezos basically tossed his check book to De Becker: "To lead my investigation, I retained Gavin de Becker. I’ve known Mr. de Becker for twenty years, his expertise in this arena is excellent, and he’s one of the smartest and most capable leaders I know. 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.”

Blogger wahr01 February 08, 2019 11:44 AM  

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Blogger wahr01 February 08, 2019 11:46 AM  

I have a much different take on this than most.

This is not Bezos making some righteous stand, this is him spinning "normal journalism" as blackmail to exact revenge upon National Enquirer for exposing his adultery (and taking yet another conspiracy theory-tier shot at Trump).

The sheer amount of spin on his medium post exposes the lie of him "having no control" over WaPo.

It's quite clear he is personally directing any headlines attacking Trump or defending Amazon, at the very least.

Blogger Unknown February 08, 2019 12:17 PM  

It's obvious what this letter from Bezos is about--it's a preemptive strike. The National Enquirer depends on scoops -- it's their raison d'etre. In that sense, they are one of the few truly journalistic publications.

The scoop is now gone. The whole world knows about -- it was on CNN for chrissakes.

Blogger Gen. Kong February 08, 2019 1:08 PM  

JG wrote:

Why does the song "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" keep running through my head?

Since the end result of Bozos' "dick-pic" and associated antics will be a 70 billion settlement with his wife Mackenzie (who was not under any sort of pre-nuptial contract), "dirt cheap" doesn't exactly apply. For dirt-cheap he could have gone to Haiti on one of Cankles' foundation many junkets and not only have had his fun dirt cheap but return home comfortable that any creatures who pleasured him would have long since been rendered into walnut sauce for the finest pizza consumed in the precincts of the swamp (where his new HQ is being set up). The Clintons probably would have only charged a couple of hundred million for their services, which are evidently very popular with our overlords. Bozos needs to learn to shop smart now that he's going to be worth so much less.

Blogger Skyler the Weird February 08, 2019 2:16 PM  

The status of the WaPo wouldn't be nearly as high if there had been blogs around in 1972

Blogger Haxo Angmark February 08, 2019 3:04 PM  

so a (((Becker))) is investigating a (((Pecker)))?

I don't much care, just so long it's

not Bezos wearing the Red Bikini.

"America wins"?

trad America is dead and gone.

it can be restored...but

only through Ra-Ho-Wa.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey February 08, 2019 3:32 PM  

The problem for Jeff is that if they can't affirm that they “have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces,” then they should release what "knowledge or basis" they have for believing the same.

Good point. Unless and until he does that, his claim that he does have some sort of "knowledge or basis" for that suggestion is merely a naked assertion.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey February 08, 2019 3:46 PM  

It's hard to feel sorry for someone who deliberately inflicts the word "complexifier" on his readers. Twice. It's like a semantic microaggression, or something.

Blogger The Only Cigar in the Box February 08, 2019 4:14 PM  

(Slightly besides the point but) D*** pics? Really? From the richest man in the world. How f-ing sub-alpha is that? If this were a real alpha, the story would be a cadre of weepy women complaining that he forced them to send intimate pics of themselves to him in return for attention and (un-kept) promises...

Blogger Pathfinderlight February 08, 2019 5:58 PM  

Of course Jeff Bezos expects to call upon the good name of credible establishment journalism. It's what he paid for when he bought the Washington Post. Like other businessmen of his type, he only understands business, not what businesses do.

Blogger Up from the pond February 08, 2019 7:02 PM  

The Only Cigar in the Box wrote:How f-ing sub-alpha is that?

"Publish and be damned!" is what a real man, Wellington, told his blackmailer.

What does Bozo the Gamma do?

Uses a lot of words to whine in public. Lawyers up, not forgetting to also whine about what a drain this is on his time. Moralizes. Whines about the sacred profession of journalism--barf.

It's just dick pics. What is so uptight about? If he were a believing Christian or other dignified, decent type of person, I could understand his being livid. But he's an adulterer, a hypocrite, and a pervert. and this is the Current Year. "Publish and be damned" is the Alpha move that would solve all his supposed problems. Would take 5 seconds to tweet.

Is there something about his Johnson that is especially embarrassing? Will the G-E start calling him "Little" Bozo, or worse?

The whole thing reeks of hysterical nerd, just like the Washington Post.

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 08, 2019 7:06 PM  

Bezos proved that wealth does not cure that which makes men pathetic.

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