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Sex, plots and blackmail: the toxic politics behind Bezos claims | Bangkok Post: news

News Summed Up 2019-02-08 05:30:00

NEW YORK - The stunning extortion claims made by Amazon and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos against the Trump-friendly National Enquirer tabloid -- have spotlighted a fierce behind-the-scenes media feud, taking place in an ever more toxic US political climate. That prompted Bezos to launch an investigation into the Enquirer, and how it was able to obtain such intimate material. -The case highlights a politically-tinged feud between the Post owner and the supermarket tabloid, with Bezos asserting that he would not be intimidated. The disclosures are also likely to deepen the rift between Bezos and Trump, who claims that the tech entrepreneur is using the newspaper for his own purposes. Taking aim last month at Bezos, Trump alluded to Enquirer reporting of the billionaire's relationship with the former news anchor and entertainment reporter, Lauren Sanchez.