The National Enquirer should have known better than to approach Jeff Bezos over sexual photos along with messages texted to his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, says Stu Zakim, a former spokesman for the tabloid media empire owned by David Pecker, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump.

“Oh my God, have these guys not learned anything? Because common sense alone could say, ‘You’re going after Jeff Bezos, along with you’re putting which in writing?’ There’s nothing private anymore. which’s going to be a public document. So what is usually their motive?” Zakim said on Friday.

Zakim appeared on “Squawk Box” just before a statement was issued by National Enquirer parent American Media Inc. denying Bezos’ claims which he is usually being blackmailed. “American Media believes fervently which which acted lawfully inside reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos,” said AMI’s statement — adding, however, the board determined “which should promptly along with thoroughly investigate the claims.”

The AMI board consists of four people, including Pecker along with David R. Hughes, a former Trump casino executive.

In a Thursday blog post headlined, “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” Bezos says which AMI asked him to publicly deny any political motivation in its coverage of his divorce in exchange for not publishing photos he texted to Sanchez, including a “below the belt selfie.” Bezos along with his wife, MacKenzie, announced their divorce on Jan. 9. Later which day, the Enquirer broke news about Bezos’ affair with Sanchez.

“I think Pecker did which — not because necessarily to help Trump — however he knew which was going to sell a lot of copies of the Enquirer along with gain a lot of publicity, because here we are talking about which. which’s the top story everywhere,” said Zakim, corporate communications chief via 2004-2006 at Pecker’s American Media, which also owns Men’s Journal along with some other publications.

Zakim referenced Trump because the president has been friends with Pecker for years, along with the president has been a frequent critic of Bezos, founder of Amazon along with the owner of The Washington Post. He’s the earth’s richest man, having a fortune in excess of $133 billion.

“The ‘catch along with kill’ is usually not a brand new concept [for tabloids]. This specific has been going on long before which got broken with Trump,” said Zakim, currently president of Bridge Strategic Communications.

“There was a falling out, we thought, between Pecker along with Trump when all of a sudden the National Enquirer stopped covering him as lovingly as they did” along with then when Pecker agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley, when asked about the Bezos matter, told, “I’m not sure [the president is usually] aware of which. along with I’m not going to get into a conversation about something between Jeff Bezos along having a tabloid magazine.”

Amazon has not responded to’s requests for comment.

Eugene Kim
along with Reuters contributed to This specific report.