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    “Bezos Exposes Pecker”

    The Story Behind the Instant Classic “Bezos Exposes Pecker” Headline

    By Eric Lach
    February 8th, 4:12 P.M.




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    In the tabloid tradition, a good headline must do three things: it must communicate the news; it must commit some act of wordplay; and it must trigger a certain popping of the eyes in its reader, ideally accompanied by some kind of involuntary subverbal response—a squawk, a snort, a guffaw, a gasp. On Thursday, just minutes after Jeff Bezos revealed that American Media, Inc., had threatened to publish explicit photographs of him unless he acquiesced to certain demands, tabloid-headline excellence was achieved, when HuffPost declared, on its home page, “Bezos Exposes Pecker.” “Pecker,” of course, referred to David Pecker, the chairman and C.E.O. of A.M.I.—the same Pecker who, during the 2016 Presidential election, facilitated a payment to a woman who had a story to tell about an affair with Donald Trump. “What a day,” HuffPost’s editor-in-chief, Lydia Polgreen, tweeted, soon after the headline appeared, along with a screen shot of the home page.

    The headline was the work of Hayley Miller, a HuffPost reporter in New York whose workday had already ended when the Bezos news came out. She was on the subway, heading home, her phone running out of battery and her reception going in and out between stations, when one of HuffPost’s employee Slack channels broke out in a headline brainstorm. “Basically, whenever there’s an opportunity for something super punny like that, our whole newsroom is on Slack throwing out puns,” Miller explained on Friday. The idea for “Bezos Exposes Pecker” came to her quickly, but she hesitated before sharing it. On one hand, she said, “I was just, like, Oh, my gosh, this is gold—got to do this.” On the other hand, she considered, “Do I want to bother my colleagues with another dick pun?” In the end, she went for it. “Trusted my gut, I guess,” she said.


    Whitney Snyder, a HuffPost deputy editor, who is often involved in home-page decisions, explained that this wasn’t the first time the Web site’s Slack channels had been peppered with Pecker puns. “We did have a bit of a rehearsal in August,” he said, referring to the day that Pecker’s immunity deal with federal prosecutors was reported.

    “We ran a headline that was ‘Report: Trump Loses Pecker.’ ” Often, though, HuffPost has found that wordplay headlines deployed too early can confuse and turn off readers. “On the Internet, when you’re splashing something that just actually happened, your first job is to just scream the news at the top of your lungs,” he said. But Miller’s headline on Thursday was “that rare one that works truly from the second the news breaks.”


    Both Miller and Snyder shrugged off the fact that the New York Post—a tabloid famous for its headlines—ran “Bezos Exposes Pecker” as the headline on its Friday front page.

    They were willing to accept that great minds had arrived at the same idea simultaneously, like Newton and Leibniz. “I think anyone in that business is brainstorming headlines with the word ‘Pecker,’ ” Snyder said.


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    02/10/2019 01:31 am ET Updated 3 days ago

    Jeff Bezos’ Amazon ‘Package’ Is On Its Way In Hilarious ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open

    But a billionaire’s penis is “small potatoes,” concludes mock “Meet the Press” panel.

    By Mary Papenfuss


    A mock “Meet the Press” on “Saturday Night Live” zeroed in on the latest “new low in journalism” — Amazon CEO Jeff’s Bezos’ dick pic that nearly appeared in The National Enquirer — and loved every salacious minute of it.

    Panelists on the cold open debated the size and coloration of the still-secret digit captured in a photo supposedly illicitly obtained by the Enquirer as part of an alleged blackmail scheme.

    But down to business.

    “You’re all highly respected journalists, so what do you think Jeff Bezo’s penis looks like?” Kyle Mooney’s Chuck Todd asked the panel.

    “When I hear billionaire’s penis, I immediately think small potatoes,” said a sassy Cecily Strong, who was playingWall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan. “Like they say, ‘If it’s small and looks funny, you better have the money, honey.’”


    Kenan Thompson as Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson called the situation “disgraceful” and “awful.” This is a “clear violation of someone’s privacy,” he told Chuck Todd.

    What about when the pics are finally revealed? “I will look at them,” Thompson’s Robinson admits. “I will make them into hilarious memes and send them to all my friends.”

    He denounces The New York Post (and HuffPost) headline: “Bezos Exposes Pecker.”

    His suggestion for a headline? “Your Amazon Package Is On Its Way.”

    Check out the clip up top.

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