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‘David Pecker has met his match’: Ex-National Enquirer editor says publisher will regret blackmail attempt on WaPo’s Jeff Bezos

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Former AMI employee Jerry George (screengrab)

The explosive allegations by Jeff Bezos that he was “blackmailed and extorted” by the National Enquirer to kill a Washington Post investigation is not going to end well for owner David Pecker, a longtime employee explained Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell.

The host was joined by Jerry George, who spent 28-years at the National Enquirer, including working as the tabloid’s Los Angeles bureau chief.

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“Has David Pecker ever been up against anyone like Jeff Bezos before?” O’Donnell asked.

“No. I think for the first time, David Pecker has met his match,” George replied.

“We have finally gone through the looking glass and we are way beyond yellow journalism — we are now in the area of the RICO Act,” he explained, referring to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which federal prosecutors use to combat organized crime.

“This is extortion,” George concluded.

O’Donnell also noted the potential Saudi Arabia angle in the scandal.

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“Knowing David Pecker and knowing the company and the way they operate — they’re in need of money, they’re in need of financing, they’re looking for Saudi financing — what would they be willing to do to try to help the Saudis in terms of their coverage in, say, The Washington Post?” O’Donnell asked.

“Well, I mentioned earlier that the special issue that they had in the spring touting Saudi as the new magic kingdom was suspicious in itself in that three months later they acquired enough money to procure their biggest competitor,” he explained.

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WATCH: Late-night hosts go off on Trump for ‘chilling’ plan ‘to steal the election’

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Late-night television hosts harshly criticized President Donald Trump for refusing to say there would be a peaceful transition of power if he loses the November election.

"In one of the more chilling moments of his presidency -- and they've been a few -- Donald Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power as Republicans formulated the plan to steal the election through the courts," Seth Meyers explained.

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Authorities in California on Thursday announced that one man was dead after a shootout with law enforcement.

"A white supremacist gang member was killed in a gun battle with law enforcement after he ambushed and shot a deputy pursuing him Thursday near the Templeton Cemetery, Sheriff Ian Parkinson said at a news conference," The Triubune reported Thursday.

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Fox News was forced to make a damning admission in a Tucker Carlson lawsuit

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Fox News got to claim victory on Thursday after a new ruling in a lawsuit brought against the company came out in its favor, but the win arrived at a steep cost. To deflect an allegation of defamation, the network was forced to claim that one of its highest-profile personalities can't reasonably be expected to consistently provide accurate information to viewers.

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