Tuesday, February 12, 2019

In My Position

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.  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.

[Email from Dylan Howard of AMI describing semi-nude selfies of Jeff Bezos and his mistress Lauren Sanchez]

Well, that got my attention.  But not in the way they likely hoped.  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?

-- Jeff Bezos in a blog post at medium.com, "No thank you, Mr. Pecker", accusing David Pecker and AMI, owner of the National Enquirer, of extortion,  7 February 2019

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