Bezos, Allen, Trump – The Weird World of Modern Media Web
: John F. Groom : Groom Media
You’ve already heard that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is accusing the National Enquirer of extortion for threatening to publish nude pictures he sent to his girlfriend. But this is a much bigger story than just the usual idiocy of the rich and famous.
At first glance, it seems like this is just the tawdry tale of another celebrity acting like a college sophomore. I mean Bezos is 55 and his girlfriend is 49. C’mon people, grow up. Men (and women) really need some help in acting like adults these days.
But there’s more; much more. Somehow the National Enquirer got hold of the photos and threatened Bezos with exposure. This begins to sound like the worst soap opera ever. Did the National Enquirer threats precipitate Bezos’ recent divorce announcement? Was the National Enquirer acting on behalf of Trump, who has a political beef with Bezos?
The important story here is about media conflicts of interest and the way that the rich and powerful use media to advance their personal agendas. The National Enquirer has long been an ally of the most powerful man on earth, Donald Trump. Meanwhile Jeff Bezos, the richest man on earth, personally owns the Washington Post, which has some obvious conflicts of interest in writing about this affair, and just about everything else, since Bezos is involved in a multitude of businesses.
But as the billionaires fight it out using media as a tool, others get caught in the fray. Filmmaker Woody Allen is suing Amazon for breach of contract. Bezos is no saint but still acts as censor through Amazon. Amazon has terminated Allen’s deal because of the re-emergence of old accusations against Allen about child abuse. And when, exactly, did Amazon, or big US corporations in general, become part of the expanding US Nanny State, where personal faults become the object of corporate punishment?
Pay attention now. Trump abuses his power and uses the National Enquirer to attack Bezos over personal issues. Bezos abuses his power and uses Amazon to attack Allen over personal issues. And the beat goes on.