The Washington Post, Bezosgate, and the National Security State
"...so rich, but so poor..."
January 21, 2019
The slogan of The Washington Post is “Democracy dies in darkness.” So I did a search of recent articles on its website about its billionaire owner, Jeff Bezos, who does business with the CIA and NSA and finds himself in the middle of a sex scandal that makes even liberals cringe. I found a story about his announced “split” with his wife in which a lawyer is quoted as saying “the couple’s amicable joint statement indicates that the split probably won’t be messy or protracted.” The lawyer added, “Sounds like they are making an effort to do this the right way and not make it into a public spectacle.”
The amicable statement has quickly turned into a public spectacle. The blockbuster from the National Enquirer is that, “Bezos - a self-described ‘family man’ - has been whisking his mistress off to exotic destinations on his $65 million private jet, sending her raunchy messages and erotic selfies - including one steamy picture too explicit to print here - and having secret rendezvous at palatial private estates.”
The “right way” to conduct a divorce has taken a cruel and nasty turn. “It's going to be a beauty,” Trump said of the divorce. It’s a beauty that has turned ugly. His behavior, if the revelations are true, was immoral and reckless. On a personal level, he has embarrassed himself and his family. He and his wife have four children.
We have to be skeptical about revelations from a tabloid. On the other hand, remember that it was the National Enquirer that got the goods on former Democratic Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, his mistress and baby. The National Enquirer also revealed how Jesse Jackson used his tax-exempt nonprofit corporation to pay his mistress. She quit as director of Jackson’s Washington office and moved to California after tests proved that Jackson was the father of her baby. In the case of Bezos and his mistress, there has been a no comment about the affair.
Most of the media have tried to stay away from the revelations about the “family man” Bezos because it may say something about what he’s been doing with his Trump-hating Post. Perhaps the Post has been a big diversion away from the cozy relationship Bezos has had not only with a mistress but the U.S. intelligence community.
The Washington Post has a reporter, David A. Fahrenthold, whose job it is to probe every aspect of the life of President Trump, no matter how esoteric and trivial. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his coverage of Trump in 2017. Will he be reassigned to probe his boss? Don’t bet on it.
What we do know is that a Pulitzer Prize should now go to the National Enquirer. But more investigations are needed. What about the socialist do-gooders in the House of Representatives? Will they demand answers from the owner of their favorite Trump-hating newspaper?
Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. - www.usasurvival.org
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