nearvideo-Kurtz: How does even a supermarket tabloid-confidence back?
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the survival of AMI, the parent company of The National Enquirer, after David Pecker made a deal with prosecutors, providing information about alleged transactions with Donald Trump.
At first, executives of the National Enquirer, the parent company of the company is not with regard to the Chaos surrounding its payment to a woman who claimed an affair with the President of Trump as a big Problem.
Publicly, the company insisted that the ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal paid was $150,000 — which will appear also the rights to her life story —on a few magazine covers and you write a fitness column. It was not to buy stock, a story that hurt Trump, a close friend of David Pecker and bury, who runs the parent company of American Media Inc.
But when the heat got turned up, I the executives of the company said went out of contradicting yourself to silence for a long time. As the Federal Prosecutor of New York ramped up their investigation, these leaders came to the confrontation with the reality, you could sanctions be looking at criminal.
So she turned around. And they were rewarded on Wednesday with a deal, shielded hoe, chief content officer Dylan Howard and AMI from law enforcement.
But he did more than that, as some insiders see it. The offer is essentially to ensure that the applicant and his sister would survive publications, as a charge against the company would have been a fatal blow.
In return, hoe and his company’s cooperation with the U.S. attorney agreed to the investigation. And that the cooperation under the deal, to be continued. But insiders believe that the company little additional information, and to say there is no mythical “safe” with the dirty details on additional women.
The contract was made public, on the same day that Michael Cohen, of the mess dealt with AMI on the McDougal was sentenced to three years in prison, primarily for bank and tax fraud.
Prosecutors said in a statement that AMI has admitted that the purchase of McDougal history to make sure that you “not publish damaging allegations about the candidate.” What’s more, in contrast to his past to deny, the company confirmed that it had tried to kill the story”, in order to prevent any influence on the choice.”
Cohen, to report to the public Prosecutor’s office, planned business, by cooking up a fake $ 125,000 fee, a outfit hoe -, affiliated with AMI for “consulting” services. Hoe approved the arrangement, but later on, Cohen said, call it in and destroy the papers, the prosecutors said.
In an interview with Harris Faulkner yesterday, Trump said he could not believe that his side made no payment to AMI. (This is true, see above.) The President went on to say that the payments to McDougal and Stormy Daniels are not campaign Finance violations — or, if you bring a money penalty would be the usual punishment – and in Cohen’s plea only for “fix” him.
Under the previously secret deal — and the new AMI said, schools would be right for your employees to choice and name to check a lawyer’s stories, the inclusion of the figures for the stories, which may include political candidates.
There is a whole lot of analysis from the media and from Democrats was, the AMI ‘ s cooperation and Cohen’s plea that the President, at least theoretically, could be accused of a crime. So very much remains to be seen, and politically, a lot of people see it as a adjustment about sex.
But what is reputation with AMI’s? This is not a derogatory question, because the Enquirer has broken every lot of legitimate messages over the years. This also applies to the case of John Edwards and his campaign mistress, that led to an unsuccessful prosecution against former presidential candidates.
But the Enquirer has now shown, not only in the tank for trump, but have actively tried to help him have chosen, by buying from women and allegations against him.
Not even a supermarket tabloid have to do something to regain the trust of their readers?