The ladies of ABC’s “The View” blipped right by the disrespect Jeff Bezos showed his wife by taking up with mistress Lauren Sanchez, the spouse of one of his rich pals. On Monday’s show, the hosts went south to the pulse of the matter: the package of the world’s richest man who owns Amazon and The Washington Post.
“Should Bezos expose himself? What do you think?” asked lead co-host Joy Behar.
Lots of journalists, pundits and TV people are lauding Bezos as a badass for going after AMI’s aptly-named CEO David Pecker, who publishes The National Enquirer, for alleged extortion and blackmail. The gist is that the gossip rag would lay off if Bezos stopped investigating the tabloid, which published raunchy texts he sent to his mistress. The more popular among them: “I want to smell you.” (RELATED: A Fox News Judicial Analyst Weighs In On Bezos-Tabloid Legalities)
Now at hand are those much talked about d*ck pics. But what is largely missing from the conversation is Bezos’s behavior towards his wife, MacKenzie, of 25 years. The ex-couple, who separated and released a lovely note about their uncoupling, have four children.
Axios reported Sunday that The Washington Post‘s famed Bob Woodward sent a sympathetic note of support to Bezos.
“Jeff: Proud of you for stepping forward in such a difficult situation. Very gutsy and definitely right. This period reminds me of 1972-1974, perhaps Watergate Redux. So many assaults on constitutional government, common sense and privacy. Let’s hope we all get it right — aggressive but careful and fair. Cheers and best, Bob Woodward”
Many journalists can’t help but cheer Bezos on for standing up to the pro-President Trump tabloid, which has broken a number of media cheating stories such as the one involving CBS “60 Minutes” Steve Kroft and ex-Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.). In 2015, The National Enquirer broke the story of Kroft’s steamy three-year affair, which included text messages such as this unforgettable nugget of romance: “I would rather be eating your pudding.” He publicly apologized to his wife.
In 2007, The National Enquirer broke the news of Edwards’ affair with campaign, ahem, filmmaker Rielle Hunter, who wound up having his baby. Edwards initially denied the report and one of his loyal, married aides claimed to be the father. A few years later, reports emerged of a sex tape of Edwards and Hunter.
In 2016, In Touch reported that Fox News’s Ed Henry had an affair with a Las Vegas hostess. This scandal also came complete with sexy text messages and manhood pics. The more memorable sexts included unpeeled banana and female lip emojis. At the time, New York Post‘s Page Six doyenne Emily Smith said the tab “mercifully pixilated” the photograph. Fox News suspended Henry and eventually let him return, but not to the White House. He has a more general assignment beat.
Some journalists find it impossible to not see Bezos as heroic for investigating an exposé into his own affair.
“If two consenting adults want to sext each other, why is it our business?” a female journalist replied to The Mirror when asked for her views on Bezos’s actions and private pics. “To quote the great Rihanna, ‘If you don’t send you boyfriend naked pictures, then I feel bad for him.’ I do think his response was the courageous and correct one. I imagine that no amount of wealth or privilege can make a gross invasion of privacy or public humiliation feel OK.”
She said the world has no right to judge Bezos’s personal life.
“Could we judge Bezos for how he decided to conduct himself privately?” she asked. “We could, but I don’t think anyone has a right to. It’s up to him how he behaves in his personal life. And it’s ultimately not his fault that his privacy was invaded. We shouldn’t lose sight of that, even if it’s fun to talk about how people have and talk about sex. At the end of the day, I don’t think you can edit how you live your life and express your boneheaded joy and passion because it might be held against you by your adversaries.”
But should Bezos release his package himself?
“I don’t see any reason for Bezos to release any of his private communications with his romantic partner, however curious the public might be about them,” the female journo added.
“He’s done enough,” asserted “The View’s” Abby Huntsman, who is pregnant with twins and has noticeably upped her sex talk on the show. “I don’t really need to see another photo.”
The show’s resident lawyer co-host Sunny Hostin had a different thought: DO IT. “I think it’s very smart to get in front of this,” she said. “I think you put ’em out there. . . . I think he should just release them.”
Behar put in her two cents: She obviously wants to see Bezos’s schlong. “Personally I would like to see them,” she said, riling up the audience. “How many of you would like to see them? Clap!”
Really? Clap to see Jeff Bezos’s ding dong? Not once did the ladies even mention Bezos’s wife, who might have an opinion on whether to subject the couple’s children to such an act. Who wants dad’s genitals popping around the internet?
Actually, that’s exactly what nationally syndicated sex advice columnist Dan Savage wants. Savage is married to a man and has one child. “Jeff Bezos, Please Release Your Dirty Selfies,” a headline on his column blared in Sunday’s New York Times.
“I say this as an Amazon stockholder, an Amazon Prime member and a fellow parent,” Savage wrote. “Publish that ‘below the belt selfie’ before The National Enquirer can leak it to TMZ. And while you’re at it, toss up a half a dozen other pics the tabloid hasn’t even seen.”
A male member of Washington’s media once received very different advice from his grandmother.
“My grandma once told me, ‘Never show your dick pics to anyone who hasn’t asked for one first.’ Bezos would be smart to follow that advice.”
When asked if Bezos should release his dick pics and if he’s brave for how he’s handling things, a male journalist in Washington texted me, “Hold on, I’m just going to send you a dick pic.”