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.
I bet Bezos photographed his dick next to one of his employees' paychecks so it looked bigger— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) February 8, 2019
Waiting for Hair Furor to wake up, hoover down the morning Adderall and start tweeting at @jeffbezos.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 8, 2019
Just in: Jeff Bezos’ dick pic reveals he has balls of steel.— Anonymous White House Official (@littledeekay) February 8, 2019
I’m not going to look at the Jeff Bezos dick pick because I don’t want to see what Amazon is going to recommend based on my viewing of it.— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) February 8, 2019
Pause a moment and consider the way Jeff Bezos was being threatened. Now envision what Trump’s pal at the National Enquirer has on Ted Cruz, and ask yourself why Cruz went from hating Trump to loving him. Now do the same thing for Lindsey Graham. And all those Evangelicals. ????— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) February 8, 2019
amazon ceo outed as penis and balls haver— hod tog (@bobby) February 7, 2019
Technically, every photo of Jeff Bezos is a dick pic— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) February 7, 2019
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the richest man in americas name is jeff, and we are about to see his penis— BAKOON (@BAKKOOONN) February 7, 2019
I am receiving confirmation that each of Jeff Bezos' long, droopy balls were wearing AirPods.— Edward Stockwell (@EdwardStockwell) February 8, 2019
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Even Amazon’s founder has to worry about his package getting stolen after it’s been delivered.— Dan Wilbur (@DanWilbur) February 8, 2019
Usually when someone at Amazon takes their dick out it’s not to take a picture but to pee into a bottle— Orli Matlow (@HireMeImFunny) February 8, 2019
If Jeff Bezos' dick was wearing blackface i am going to lose my shit— Josh Hara (@yoyoha) February 8, 2019
Is he talking about his dick here pic.twitter.com/HiPH1Tm9kb— Rachel Fisher (@TheRachelFisher) February 8, 2019