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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 06:00 PM

Pierce: It's Grifters, Bagmen, and Sleaze All the Way Down

It's Grifters, Bagmen, and Sleaze All the Way Down
David Pecker and the National Enquirer's attack on Jeff Bezos brings another rancid layer to the plot.

BY CHARLES P. PIERCE
FEB 8, 2019

WASHINGTON — All in all, you'd have to say that picking a fight with the richest American who ever lived, and a guy who also owns a major newspaper that's already got its teeth in your neck, wasn't the smartest career move that American Media Inc. and the National Enquirer ever made. In fact, it's the kind of gargantuan dose of stupid that you'd take only if you thought a very influential person—like, say, a President* of the United States—had your back on it....

This story effectively blotted out the sun in Washington as soon as it broke on Thursday night. ("No Thank You, Mr. Pecker" is a Dickens title for the dick-pic age. It's fun to be in fifth grade again.) The second stage ignited when WaPo reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia went on Lawrence O'Donnell's MSNBC show and speculated that "a government entity" may have accessed the Bezos texts in question, which would kick this scandal almost all the way up the scale to impeachable offenses.

Since then, it has been rumored that the blackmail against Bezos was aimed at killing the Post's coverage of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of agents of the Saudi government. People also are quick to point out that the Enquirer has been known to engage in so much private-sector ratfcking on behalf of Donald Trump that the publication, and its parent company, already have cut a cooperation deal with prosecutors back in New York. This, of course, would throw that agreement right into the woodchipper. My lord, it's grifters, bagmen, cheap gunsels, and pure, rancid sleaze, all the way down.

The feeling here is that Bezos has called the bluff so successfully that, once it unravels, this scandal may be the fatal one. I'm less sure about that than some people are, but Bezos has all the time—and most of the money—in the world, and his powerful newspaper is run by Marty Baron, who does not let go of a story until he's turned it upside down and shaken all of the facts out of its pockets. Ever since this administration* took office, it's been plain that the towering arrogance of its leader, who knows more about everything than anyone else, has infected the rest of the government.

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a26256644/jeff-bezos-national-enquirer-blackmail-david-pecker-trump/

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Reply Pierce: It's Grifters, Bagmen, and Sleaze All the Way Down (Original post)
mcar Feb 8 OP
enough Feb 8 #1
Brainstormy Feb 8 #2
mcar Feb 8 #3
malaise Feb 8 #4
mcar Feb 8 #5
Fuzzpope Feb 8 #7
royable Feb 8 #13
rurallib Feb 8 #11
MH1 Feb 8 #6
Scarsdale Feb 8 #8
MyOwnPeace Feb 8 #12
2naSalit Feb 8 #9
catbyte Feb 8 #10
mcar Feb 9 #19
Cha Feb 8 #14
mcar Feb 9 #20
Cha Feb 9 #22
Honeycombe8 Feb 8 #15
Botany Feb 8 #16
Grasswire2 Feb 8 #17
niyad Feb 9 #18
mcar Feb 9 #21

Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 06:14 PM

1. Love the last paragraph of the article:

Quote:

They believe in the myth of their own power. They're about to find out what real power looks like. In Washington, you can hear the great wheels grinding again.

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Response to enough (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 06:26 PM

2. yes, but

"it's grifters, bagmen, cheap gunsels, and pure, rancid sleaze, all the way down" splendid, too!

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Response to enough (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 06:42 PM

3. Yes!

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 06:50 PM

4. Charlie nailed it as usual

A kakistocracy may turn out to be a mild term for this bunch of mobsters

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Response to malaise (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 06:51 PM

5. We may need to come up with a new term to describe them

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Response to mcar (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:23 PM

7. Try:

"Dog meat"

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Response to Fuzzpope (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 08:40 PM

13. "pink slime"?

used to make Drumpf's hamburders.

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Response to mcar (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 08:27 PM

11. "government by the lowliest slime"?

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:01 PM

6. LOL - "It's fun to be in fifth grade again."

Love Charlie Pierce.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:25 PM

8. I admire Bezos for coming forward on this,

which could have been devastating to him personally. A man with a sense of right and wrong, what a concept in this day and age in DC. Sleaze is the best description of this administration. tRump is a low life, married to a former hooker, and his "kids" are all takers with no work ethic whatsoever. Fine first family we have.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 08:39 PM

12. I'm of the age......

when I would not say things about the spouse of the person in question (yeah, I know, she married him - her choice), but I would rather not see nasty things said about her just because of her "relationship" to him.
However, the rest of the family - yeah, they're gifted scum that need to be sent running and placed into cages, just like they've done with families without golden spoons in their bags of earthly possessions.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 08:22 PM

9. Yup!

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 08:25 PM

10. I love the way pierce always attaches an "*" to anything connected to that vile thing that is

currently infesting the White House.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 03:54 PM

19. I do too

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 08:51 PM

14. It certainly does "bring another rancid layer to the plot"..

I like the way he puts that.

Love Charlie Pierce's brilliant take on this.. Mahalo, mcar!

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Response to Cha (Reply #14)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 03:55 PM

20. This is going to be interesting to watch

Cha.

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Response to mcar (Reply #20)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 05:16 PM

22. Yes, one where

lots of is warranted.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 08:53 PM

15. Excellent piece. I like this Pierce fellow. nt

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 09:04 PM

16. I loves me some Charlie P.

So this goes back to the Post's coverage of the Khashoggi murder?

What crimes didn't they commit?

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 09:51 PM

17. On Twitter, there's talk of Bezos' GF's brother being an associate of Roger Stone...

...and the possibility that Bezos was "honeytrapped" (is that the word?) into a situation where the marriage was broken and the dick pics happened.

Also of interest is the possibility that it was the Saudis who intercepted Bezos transmissions to the GF with some technology they have that can steal data from a phone while its owner is using it.

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Response to mcar (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 03:49 PM

18. "never get into a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel", an old saying, but still

apropos (with updated acknowledgement of technology).

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Response to niyad (Reply #18)

Sat Feb 9, 2019, 03:55 PM

21. Absolutely!

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