Few details have been offered to back up the claim from Bezos’ investigator — a man named Gavin de Becker — that there was a political motivation to the Enquirer’s coverage of the Amazon chief. It’s also not clear why American Media Inc., the parent company of the Enquirer, were so fixated on trying to stop de Becker from labeling their coverage politically motivated.
“They have begun to believe, the Bezos camp, that this publication by the National Enquirer might have been politically motivated. Gavin de Becker told us that he does not believe that Jeff Bezos’s phone was hacked. He thinks it’s possible that a government entity might have gotten hold of his text messages.”
Wait, what? I’d like to know WAY more about that.
What we do know — and to be clear, there’s much more that we DON’T — are two very basic things:
“Washington Post employees want to go on strike because Bezos isn’t paying them enough,” Trump tweeted in June 2018. “I think a really long strike would be a great idea. Employees would get more money and we would get rid of Fake News for an extended period of time! Is @WaPo a registered lobbyist?”
Following the Enquirer’s report that Bezos was engaged in an extramarital affair, Trump tweeted this last month: “So sorry to hear the news about Jeff Bozo being taken down by a competitor whose reporting, I understand, is far more accurate than the reporting in his lobbyist newspaper, the Amazon Washington Post. Hopefully the paper will soon be placed in better & more responsible hands!”
Does any of the above mean that the allegations of political motivation in the leaked text and pictures to the Enquirer should be tied to Trump? No. But Trump has made his feelings about Bezos, Amazon and The Washington Post very clear for years now. And those feelings are decidedly negative.