I don’t like Jeff Bezos. I respect him for his innovations and business acumen, but he’s a philanderer and promotes a leftist worldview. Just as I have denounced the President for infidelity, so too do I believe Bezos is in the wrong. And since I think the President is often too far to the left, so too must I condemn Bezos’ political ideology.
With that said, I like the way he’s handing the blackmail sent to him by the National Enquirer. They tried to bully him and he refused to back down. In fact, he doubled down by posting their blackmail letters.
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.
At this point he’s already getting divorced. There is already compromising material out there against him. What’s a few more pictures he and his girlfriend sent back and forth? Actually, it’s a pretty big deal. This brings his habits deeper into public understanding. Will it harm Amazon? Washington Post? Any other parts of his empire? Probably not.
Most are not in a position to handle blackmail in this manner. Whether it’s their livelihood, reputation, relationships, or all three on the line, most people are stuck backing down to bullies. It’s good to see Bezos do what many people wish they could have done.