Ronan Farrow said Thursday that he and “at least one other prominent journalist” who had reported on the National Enquirer and President Donald Trump received blackmail threats from the tabloid’s mom or father agency, American Media Inc., over their work.
Farrow’s allegation bought right here merely hours after Amazon chief authorities Jeff Bezos printed a excellent public put up accusing the National Enquirer of attempting to extort and blackmail him by threatening to publish intimate photographs till he stopped investigating the publication. (Bezos owns The Washington Post.)
In a tweet Thursday night time time, Farrow wrote that he and the unnamed journalist “fielded similar ‘stop digging or we’ll ruin you’ blackmail efforts from AMI.” Farrow, who closing April printed a story in the New Yorker about the Enquirer’s “catch and kill” apply — whereby tales are buried by paying off sources — that benefited Trump all through the 2016 presidential advertising and marketing marketing campaign.
Farrow, in his tweet, added that he “did not engage as I don’t cut deals with subjects of ongoing reporting.”
AMI did not immediately return a message from The Post about Farrow’s declare.
In response to Farrow, former Associated Press editor Ted Bridis tweeted, “We were warned explicitly by insiders that AMI had hired private investigators to dig into backgrounds of @AP journalists looking into the tabloid’s efforts on behalf of Trump.” Bridis spent 11 years as the editor of the AP’s Washington investigative employees.
The relationship between the National Enquirer and Trump has been repeatedly scrutinized by the media, given the president’s prolonged friendship with AMI chief authorities David Pecker. Beyond Pecker directing the Enquirer to publish favorable tales about Trump in 2016, closing 12 months AMI admitted to paying $150,000 in hush money to a girl who allegedly had an affair with Trump to forestall the lady’s story from “influencing the election.” Federal prosecutors in December reached an settlement with AMI that they’d not prosecute the agency for its place in attempting to have an effect on the election in the occasion that they cooperated and admitted to paying off the lady.
On Thursday, Bezos wrote that he began investigating the tabloid after it printed a story, full with textual content material messages, that uncovered his relationship with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez.
Bezos said the Enquirer wanted him and his security information, Gavin de Becker, to make a false public assertion saying they “have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.” Emails printed by Bezos appeared current Enquirer executives threatening to publish a group of salacious photographs of him and Sanchez if the requires weren’t met.