Tag Archives: National Enquirer

Trump Pushed Enquirer To Probe Scarborough “Murder”

The Daily Beast reports: President Donald Trump, via his son-in-law Jared Kushner, encouraged his pals at the notorious supermarket tabloid National Enquirer in 2017 to push the debunked conspiracy theory that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough murdered a female congressional aide, knowledgeable sources confirmed to The Daily Beast. More recently, the president has displayed a bizarre obsession with the allegations, even …

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Chutzpah: Enquirer Parent AMI Seeks 7-Figure Bailout

The Daily Beast reports: Financially strapped American Media Inc., which under the leadership of chief executive David Pecker weaponized the National Enquirer to serve Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and then acknowledged violating federal campaign laws by paying $150,000 in hush money to an alleged Trump mistress, is applying for a taxpayer-backed Paycheck Protection Program loan. On Tuesday, the company declined …

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Doctor Quoted In The National Enquirer’s “Coronavirus Cures” Issue Wants Retraction, Never Spoke To Them

Media Matters reports: The National Enquirer released a reprehensible edition claiming that “top doctors have told The National ENQUIRER” that the coronavirus “can be stopped in its tracks with natural cures found right in your kitchen or at your local pharmacy!” But one of the doctors the tabloid referenced told Media Matters that the Enquirer never actually talked to him …

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Saudi Crown Prince Texted Jeff Bezos Taunt About Affair Months Before It Was Revealed By National Enquirer

The Daily Beast reports: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent Jeff Bezos a photograph of woman resembling the one he was having an affair with months before the National Enquirer published a report exposing the liaison, according to a United Nations investigation. Two United Nations special rapporteurs released a statement Wednesday detailing forensic evidence linking MBS to the Bezos hack, …

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National Enquirer Head In Talks With NY Prosecutors

CNN reports: David Pecker, the head of the company that publishes the National Enquirer, has spoken with prosecutors with the New York district attorney’s office as part of its investigation into the Trump Organization’s handling of hush money payments to women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump, sources with knowledge of the meeting tell CNN. The America Media Inc. …

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BOOK: Enquirer Editor Ordered Trump Docs Shredded

CNN reports: According to Ronan Farrow’s new book, The National Enquirer‘s top editor directed staffers to shred documents when the Wall Street Journal called for comment before publishing the first story about the Enquirer‘s “catch and kill” relationship with Donald Trump. Farrow cites editor Dylan Howard [photo] as saying he needed to empty the safe and that the editor expressed …

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National Enquirer Sells To Newsstand CEO For $100M

The Washington Post reports: Ending an association between a longtime friend of President Trump and the tabloid that favored him during the 2016 election, American Media Inc. LLC (AMI) is selling the National Enquirer for $100 million to James Cohen, CEO of Hudson News. The supermarket tabloid, along with two sister publications, will be purchased by the head of the …

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National Enquirer In Talks For Sale To Clinton Ally

The New York Times reports: The owners of The National Enquirer are in talks to sell the tabloid to the California billionaire Ronald W. Burkle, according to two people with direct knowledge of the negotiations. An acquisition of The Enquirer by Mr. Burkle, a Democratic donor with close ties to President Bill Clinton, could raise eyebrows in Washington given President …

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REPORT: Homocon Brother Of Jeff Bezos’ Mistress Sold Racy Text Messages To National Enquirer For $200,000

The Huffington Post reports: Contrary to Jeff Bezos’ suspicions, it wasn’t the White House, Saudi Arabia or hackers who provided the National Enquirer with the cache of racy text messages that the Amazon founder sent to his girlfriend. Instead, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal, it was her brother who shared the private messages with the …

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Bloomberg: AMI Has $1B Debt, Negative Net Worth

Bloomberg reports: The publisher of the National Enquirer, currently under attack by Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, has been facing steep financial losses that have left the once-loyal keeper of Donald Trump’s secrets with more than $1 billion in debt and a negative net worth. The closely held American Media Inc. — led by the president’s longtime friend, David Pecker …

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National Enquirer Parent Asked DOJ About Whether They Should Register As Foreign Agents For Saudis

The Wall Street Journal reports: The dust-up between Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and National Enquirer parent American Media LLC has raised questions about the media company’s connections to Saudi Arabia. American Media has had plenty of contacts with Saudi Arabia in recent years, including seeking financial backing from Saudi investors to fund acquisitions and producing a magazine celebrating the country’s …

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MAGA Brother Of Bezos’ Mistress Is Source Of Texts

The Daily Beast reports: The brother of Jeff Bezos’ mistress, Lauren Sanchez, supplied the couple’s racy texts to the National Enquirer, multiple sources inside AMI, the tabloid’s parent company, told The Daily Beast. Another source who has been in extensive communication with senior leaders at AMI confirmed that Michael Sanchez first supplied Bezos’ texts to the Enquirer. As The Daily …

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Pecker’s Lawyer: This Wasn’t Extortion Or Blackmail

The Daily Beast reports: An attorney for the publisher of the National Enquirer says the person who leaked text messages between Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez is “well known” to both of them. In an appearance on ABC’s This Week Sunday morning, lawyer Elkan Abramowitz, who represents AMI chief executive David Pecker, also denied that a letter sent …

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Former Enquirer Editor: David Pecker Might Go To Jail

Mediaite reports: On Friday, Jerry George — who spent decades working at the National Enquirer including serving as senior editor and Los Angeles bureau chief — warned that his former boss, David Pecker may well land in jail. “I think there’s a very strong chance that David Pecker may end up doing time,” George said. “Wow!” host Erin Burnett replied …

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BREAKING: AMI Board To “Investigate” David Pecker

Via press release: American Media, LLC today made the following statement in response to the statement made by Jeff Bezos regarding the National Enquirer. “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 …

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Ronan Farrow: The Enquirer Tried To Blackmail Me Too

The Wrap reports: Ronan Farrow had a message for Jeff Bezos on Thursday: Me, too. Farrow, whose journalistic efforts have detailed sexual misconduct accusations against the likes of Les Moonves and Harvey Weinstein, took to Twitter on Thursday to express solidarity with Amazon boss Bezos, after Bezos said that he had received a blackmail threat from National Enquirer parent company …

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Washington Post/Amazon Owner Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer Of Blackmailing Him With Dick Pics

From a jaw-dropping Medium post by Jeff Bezos: Something unusual happened to me yesterday. 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. …

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Former Enquirer Editor: They Have Dirt Implicating Jared Kushner And Ivanka Trump In “Criminal Activity”

Talking Points Memo reports: Former National Enquirer senior editor Jerry George said Monday night that he knew of stories killed by his old magazine and it’s Trump-sympathetic publisher that implicated Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in “criminal activity.” George added that he believes the magazine acted together with the Trump campaign to break the law, and that there is still …

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NBC News: Trump Was In The Room When Cohen And Pecker Discussed Quashing Trump Adultery Stories

NBC News reports: Donald Trump was the third person in the room in August 2015 when his lawyer Michael Cohen and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker discussed ways Pecker could help counter negative stories about Trump’s relationships with women, NBC News has confirmed. The “Statement of Admitted Facts” says that AMI admitted making a $150,000 payment “in concert with the …

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Prosecutors Reach Deal With National Enquirer Parent

Boing Boing reports: The U.S. Southern District of New York has reached a non-prosecution agreement with the parent company of the National Enquirer, AMI, in which the firm admits it made “catch and kill” hush money payment to Karen MacDougal “in concert with” the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Said the SDNY prosecutors, “AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment …

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