Local shorthand for the Cincinnati newspaper that dates to 1841. And, of course, shorthand for the supermarket tabloid that may have finally gone after the wrong — a.k.a. the world’s wealthiest — man in Jeff Bezos.
That Bezos could be a big pain for the National Enquirer, at an emotional, and real, cost, only aggravates the naming headache at the venerable southern Ohio daily. It already employs a busy social-media team in this regard.
The Cincinnati daily’s Twitter bio reads: Pulitzer Prize–winning local journalism brought to you by Cincinnati.com. We’re not the @NatEnquirer.
But the paper’s Twitter handle, perhaps unfortunately, is @Enquirer.
Perhaps the paper is hopeful the online retail and media strongman can make a real dent in the tabloid’s fake news generation and let it reclaim the name in a shrinking world of newspapers.
Bezos, the Amazon.com Inc.AMZN, -2.03%founder and chief executive who also owns the Washington Post, accused the National Enquirer of politically motivated blackmail late Thursday, and published in full a threatening email from an executive at the tabloid’s parent company. In January, the National Enquirer published photos and text messages that Amazon’s CEO had shared privately with a woman with whom he’s reportedly been engaged in an extramarital affair, and Bezos and his wife subsequently announced they’re getting divorced. In the blog post, Bezos said he hired a security expert to investigate the leaked photos.
Bezos noted that National Enquirer owner American Media Inc. is run by David Pecker, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, and has been accused of “catch-and-kill” payoffs to suppress reports that could be damaging to Trump, as well as pro–Saudi Arabia dealings. Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Bezos in tweets over the Post’s reporting.
The Cincinnati Enquirer last year won a Pulitzer for a seven-day series on the heroin epidemic, a stretch of time over which at least 180 people in its metropolitan area could be expected to overdose.
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