The Bezos-AMI story isn’t just about the world’s richest man taking on a tawdry tabloid

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Jeff Bezos, president and CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, speaks at the Economic Club of Washington DC's "Milestone Celebration Dinner" in Washington, U.S., September 13th, 2018. Photo credit: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Amazon chief and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos accused American Media Incorporated, which owns The National Enquirer, of extortion and blackmail. He says AMI threatened to publish nude pictures he sent his girlfriend unless he called off his probe into how AMI obtained private text messages with her. AMI says its board of directors is now looking into Bezos’s accusation of extortion. But the story is bigger than that. Other threads include the Saudi government, the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the special counsel’s investigation into Trump.

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Guests:
Jessica Levinson - law professor at Loyola Law School - @LevinsonJessica, David Folkenflik - Media Correspondent for NPR - @davidfolkenflik

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Yael Even Or, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Caitlin Plummer