Saturday, August 25, 2018
Trump's Millstone - the National Enquirer?
During the runup to the 2016 presidential election, the National Enquirer went on a full court press to malign Hillary Clinton and tout for Donald Trump.
I know, I know, that's generally considered First Amendment stuff. Free speech. Off limits.
But what if this isn't a matter of freedom of speech? What if the National Enquirer was a de facto public relations organ of the Trump campaign, its CEO, David Pecker, coordinating the Enquirer's coverage with the campaign and, by some accounts, Trump himself? One source claims that Trump actually chose which stories would appear on the Enquirer cover.
In that case, all those Enquirer editions could be seen as a massive, undisclosed and probably illegal campaign contribution.
I don't pay attention to the Enquirer or other tabloids that you see at grocery store checkouts but Rachel Maddow showed several Enquirer covers from the pre-election period and they were remarkable to say the least. Bizarre.
Trump's always demanding evidence of "collusion." I think the Equirer business qualifies and it goes to campaign finance law violations, tax law violations, who knows what else?
And then there's the safe where Pecker is said to have stashed spiked stories