Friday 14th of June 2024

buying the news, ignoring the news and burying the news....

Wearing a dapper checked suit and gold tie and looking much older than his 35 years, Dylan Howard rests his pudgy right hand on the presidential desk in the Oval Office as he and President Donald Trump beam for the camera.

It’s July 11, 2017, and Howard, Australia’s most infamous tabloid journalist, along with his boss at the National Enquirer, David Pecker, had been invited to dinner at the White House as a “thank you” for their repeated acts of unethical journalism, which had helped cover up any embarrassing stories which might have impeded Trump’s win at the November 2016 election.

 

‘Part of this conspiracy’: The Australian journalist at the centre of the Trump trialBy Kate McClymont and Cameron Houston

 

In recent weeks, a jury at the criminal trial of former president Trump has heard much about Howard’s unfortunate role in perfecting the dark art of “catch and kill,” where stories which could have damaged Trump’s chances of becoming president in 2016 were bought and buried.

“We have elicited sufficient testimony to conclude prima facie that Dylan Howard is a member of the conspiracy,” said prosecutor Joshua Steinglass. Judge Juan Merchan agreed, saying it was established that Howard “was part of this conspiracy.”

 

While Howard’s actions have been central to the trial – during just one day in the witness box Pecker mentioned Howard’s name more than 100 times – the tabloid journalist has been noticeably absent, playing the role of Banquo’s ghost from an unknown location in Australia.

Pecker told the jury, “From what I heard, is that he right now has a spinal condition” making it impossible for him to travel to New York to give evidence.

His US lawyer, John Harris, has previously said: “Dylan Howard has always fully co-operated with government inquiries regarding his former employer’s relationship with Donald Trump, and the actions he was directed to do. But for Mr Howard’s inability to travel, he would have again, voluntarily, answered questions.”

The Manhattan court has heard that Trump relied on the services of Howard and Pecker, his boss at one of the US’s largest media companies, American Media Inc (AMI), the publisher of the National Enquirer, a magazine featuring a rotation of barely credible Hollywood gossip, UFO abductions and bizarre medical ailments.

While the trial has been in progress, Howard, 42, has been keeping an uncharacteristically low profile. “If he doesn’t want to be found, you won’t find him. He knows every trick in the book,” said a former colleague, who added that his former workmate “would be harder to find than a snow leopard.”

However, there have been sightings of Howard at the most expensive house in the sleepy seaside town of Lorne, in Victoria. Neighbours confirmed seeing Howard more than a fortnight ago, leaving what has been described as “a private resort-like compound” to walk a small fluffy white dog.

A tradesman working near the six-bedroom $7.25 million property, purchased by Howard’s mother Judith in January 2020, has also claimed to have seen the evasive media mogul walking a white dog around the exclusive coastal town about 140 kilometres west of Melbourne.

But there was no response when this masthead buzzed at the security gates, other than a dog barking inside the home.

 

Howard returned to Melbourne after his departure from AMI in March 2020, which also coincided with a probe by federal investigators in the US over his role in the hush money plot to get Trump into the White House. Howard has not been charged but features as a key player.

As the votes for the presidential election were being counted in November 2016, Howard texted his mother in Geelong. “He’s in with a massive chance,” he says of Trump. In another text, Howard writes, “At least, if he wins, I’ll be pardoned for electoral fraud.”

Later in the evening Howard texts, “He’s just been named President Elect” to which his mother responds, “Oh, dear.”

Once Trump was in office he organised a dinner at the White House to thank Pecker and AMI for killing stories which could have had a catastrophic effect on his election chances.

“Pecker brought his eyes and ears, Dylan Howard from the National Enquirer, to that dinner,” prosecutor Matthew Colangelo told the jury.

 

Not only did Howard and Pecker “catch and kill” unfavourable stories for Trump, but Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen would indicate to them which potential rivals of Trump’s should feature in adverse articles published in the National Enquirer.

Pecker told the court that it was Howard who alerted Cohen to the potentially explosive story about porn star Stormy Daniels’ tryst with Trump. As it was only days out from the presidential election, Cohen said he personally paid “hush money” to Daniels to kill the story.

GUS: YES MICHAEL COHEN BORROWED THE CASH WITHOUT TELLING HIS OWN WIFE, NOR TRUMP... THEN MANUFACTURED A BILL TO TRUMP FOR LEGAL EXPENSES, FOR WHICH TRUMP BELIEVED WERE LEGITIMATE...

THE STORY TOLD BY STORMY DANIELS WAS MORE SALACIOUS THAN ANY OF HER FANTASY BULLSHIT SCRIPTED SEX MOVIES, AND HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CASE WHICH IS ABOUT TRUMP SIGNING A CHEQUE FOR LEGAL EXPENSES... TRUMP WOULD HAVE CARED LESS SHOULD DANIELS TELLING THE WORLD ABOUT THEIR "one night stand" WHICH TRUMP DENIES — AND WHICH DANIELS HAS ALREADY SHOWN SHE'S HAS LIED (IT'S PROVEN) — BY HAVING VARIOUS DENIALS AND MANY VERSIONS OF THE SAID "NIGHT"... MICHAEL COHEN IS A CONVICTED CROOK WHO IS AFTER REVENGE FOR NOT HAVING BEEN INCLUDING IN TRUMP'S CABINET WHEN PRESIDENT... BECAUSE COHEN WAS TOO SHIFTY.

THE STORY BY KATE CONTINUES:

Trump is alleged to have subsequently reimbursed Cohen, falsely claiming the payments were for legal expenses. In doing so, Trump allegedly committed the crime of falsifying business records.

“It was election fraud. Pure and simple,” Colangelo told the jury in his opening address.

 

The scandal involving AMI’s role in the Trump case is not Howard’s first brush with infamy.

In early March 2018, lawyers acting for Howard, the young Australian then at the helm of America’s grubbiest tabloid newspaper, fired off a threatening legal letter to executives at Channel Nine.

“Our clients are of the opinion that this is gutter journalism at its very worst, and it is shameful that 60 Minutes abandons any [sic] its ethical principles in an attempt to increase its ratings for purely financial gains.”

Reporter Liam Bartlett and the 60 Minutes crew had followed Howard into AMI’s headquarters in New York Plaza.

 

As he entered the office block, Bartlett peppered Howard with questions about whether he played a role in helping Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein bury allegations of his serial sexual predation.

Despite Howard’s lawyers threatening to sue 60 Minutes for trespass and defamation, a week later the program aired allegations about Howard and AMI’s role in what has now become known as “catch and kill”, the tawdry practice of paying for stories, only to kill them off for the benefit of high-profile people like Weinstein.

But since swapping Manhattan for Melbourne, Howard has maintained a low profile.

Since the commencement of the trial, Howard removed his private Instagram account, along with a profile on the online dating site Hinge that listed his simple pleasures as a “dirty vodka martini and laughs at the bar”.

Born in January 1982, Howard studied journalism at RMIT in Melbourne in 2000 before transferring to Deakin University in his home town of Geelong.

 

Three former RMIT students, who asked not to be identified because of concerns of legal retaliation by Howard, all commented on his ambition and drive.

“Look, he was a fun bloke to hang out with and we’d often catch up for beers. But he was just so f---ing ambitious,” a former RMIT student said.

Another student said Howard had “bullet-proof confidence”.

“At uni, you’d find yourself wondering who would end up getting a job because it was obviously competitive, but there were never any doubts for him,” the former student said.

 

Howard landed his first job at the Geelong Advertiser, eventually reporting on the AFL in a town with just one team and a massive appetite for footy news.

Colleagues at the News Limited-owned paper made similar observations about the cub reporter.

“He seemed desperate to be the next Eddie McGuire [media personality and AFL commentator]. Always impeccably dressed and always trying to ingratiate himself in the right circles,” one former sub-editor said.

Within a few years, Howard got his big break with Channel Seven and made the move to Melbourne.

He landed a series of scoops in the rough-and-tumble world of AFL reporting, which can be almost as ruthless as the game itself.

 

Dressed more like a corporate banker than a reporter, Howard’s image was used to promote the network’s AFL coverage and Good Friday Appeal, while he regularly anchored the sports bulletin on the weekend news.

However, Howard raised the ire of the then AFL boss Andrew Demetriou over a story in which he accused a West Coast Eagles player of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

But relations between the host broadcaster and the league soured dramatically when Howard broadcast an exclusive story in 2007, revealing confidential details of illicit drug use by two unnamed players and their subsequent counselling.

Demetriou described the story as “abhorrent”, while several clubs and the players’ association threatened a boycott of player interviews and attendance at the Brownlow Medal count. As Channel Seven was the official broadcaster, this could have been commercially damaging.

 

Never one to take a backward step, Howard accused Demetriou of censorship in an opinion piece published in the Sunday Geelong Advertiser, while also claiming the AFL had acted like “vicious political animals”.

However, the story was based on medical files found by a couple on a street in Ivanhoe, in Melbourne’s north-east, which resulted in Robert Crouch and Catherine Mitchell pleading guilty to theft in August 2008.

They told the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court they had been contacted by Howard, who handed over $300 for the files with the promise of a further $2700.

Although Howard was never charged and he and the network were eventually cleared of any wrongdoing by police in November 2008, he was told to “empty his desk” by then-news director Steve Carey.

Ten years ago, Geelong-based freelance reporter Noel Murphy chronicled Howard’s subsequent meteoric rise in the world of US tabloid journalism after being “run out of Australia.”

 

“He’s broken stories such as Charlie Sheen’s urine sample in a massive exclusive that ran worldwide, tangled with Lindsay Lohan over stories, and had a toenail-painted pig rush him in Paris Hilton’s home,” wrote Murphy.

“Right now, Howard is king of the hill, top of the heap, in old New York … And he’s understandably serious about the business of celebrity,” wrote the freelancer.

Howard has previously told Bloomberg, “We do good old-fashioned boots-on-the-ground reporting that much of the mainstream media doesn’t do today. My chequebook is big, and it is open.”

While Howard’s role in the sordid Trump scandal may have diminished his standing, it has not stopped him from pursuing his extensive US media interests from afar.

His company struck a deal to publish Grazia fashion magazine franchise in the United States. Howard, who owns a house in the Hamptons, has launched Grazia Gazette: The Hamptons which is described as “the newest and most exciting incarnation of the world’s premier style and cultural authority.”

 

Renowned for his ferocious work ethic, Howard has recently pitched true-crime documentaries and podcasts to local producers, including a potential series on the murder of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.

In March 2022, Howard founded the Pantheon Brands and Media Group, which lists him as the sole shareholder, while his father John Howard is the sole director, according to corporate records.

Howard’s company, which last week changed its name to Mystify Group Pty Ltd, lists its principal place of business at an address in Geelong, which also houses the Howard family’s business, Ikon Collectables, which distributes popular culture merchandise including action figures, key rings, comics and games.

There were no signs of the elusive tabloid editor when this masthead visited the Howard family’s business headquarters in the Geelong suburb of North Shore.

 

Another property in Newtown registered in his mother’s name also appeared unoccupied, along with a property in Highton that was previously owned by Howard before his move to the US in 2009.

Howard’s brother and father did not respond to calls from this masthead, while calls to the family business also went unanswered.

Even his publicist Lainie Coombes was unaware of Howard’s location.

“I haven’t spoken to Dylan in weeks, but I’ll try and track him down,” she said.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/part-of-this-conspiracy-the-australian-journalist-at-the-centre-of-the-trump-trial-20240517-p5jejs.html

 

NOW, EVEN IF DYLAN HOWARD HAD "WIND" OF STORMY DANIELS STORY (LIES) HE MAY HAVE JUDGE THE STORY UNWORTHY OF PUBLICATION — NOT BY BEING PRESSURED BY THE TRUMP TEAM TO "KILL IT" EVEN IF HE WAS AN EXPERT AT KILLING STORIES AGAINST TRUMP — OF WHICH THERE ARE MANY BAD ONES OUT THERE, INCLUDING HIS BUSINESS FAILURES, ETC. SECOND, OTHER JOURNALISTS COULD HAVE REVEALED THE STORY WHICH HAD BEEN IN THE LIMELIGHT SINCE 2011... AND SPREAD ON LATE NIGHT SHOWS WITH STORMY DANIELS DENIALS... EVEN LAUGHING ABOUT IT.

 

KATE MCCLYMONT IS A BETTER JOURNALIST THAN TO DO A HATCHET JOB ON DYLAN HOWARD...

WHAT WOULD BE INTERESTING IS TO READ A STORY BY KATE MCCLYMONT ABOUT THE HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP, THE MILLIONS OF ILLICIT DOLLARS MADE BY THE BIDEN FAMILY, THE UNPAID TAXES BY HUNTER AND THE UNDENIABLE JOE BIDEN LINK TO THE SACKED PROSECUTOR IN UKRAINE FOR ONE BILLION DOLLAR... WE ARE WAITING....

OR EVEN AN ARTICLE ABOUT ASSANGE (OF WHOM THE SMH INTONES: He is no Kate McClymont...)

 

 

a 14-year old....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd4TfriojtE

Did Michael Cohen Get Caught LYING on Stand, Ruining Entire Case Against Trump? With Dan Bongino

 

 

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a testimony.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX2Z3tpKPuk

Laura Ingraham: This witness could deal 'final blow' in Trump trial

 

Former Michael Cohen adviser Bob Costello joined 'The Ingraham Angle' to discuss Cohen's testimony in NY v. Trump and concerns regarding Cohen's credibility.

 

See also:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NykezpX329k

 

SEE ALSO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfadrcEU7l0

 

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hunter who?.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3hNgJaVDQ

Jesse Watters : OMG This is AMAZING

 

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reset....

NEW YORK, NY — Following testimony from disbarred attorney Michael Cohen that legal experts said was damaging to their case against former President Donald Trump, prosecutors filed a motion in court today for a "do-over."

Citing an obscure and ambiguous legal precedent, the prosecution sought to start the entire case over again in an attempt to try again without completely destroying their case and making fools of themselves on a national scale.

"We'll try again and actually prepare this time," said one prosecutor when the motion was filed. "We admittedly made the mistake of coming into this case with no gameplan whatsoever and expected to just win without doing any research or work or anything. In hindsight, building our entire strategy the night before the trial started and having it hinge on the testimonies of an adult film star and a disbarred lawyer who was convicted of perjury may not have been the best idea. That's why we're officially filing a motion for a do-over."

Trump's legal team immediately cried foul. "No do-overs!" said defense attorney Todd Blanche. "Before the trial began, we presented a brief to the court that specified no do-overs, no backsies. Triple-stamped, no erasies. Objections are subject to double-dog-dares and all instances of "jinx" must be remedied with the purchase of a Coke. It's all documented and approved by the court. No do-overs. Any claims otherwise by the prosecution may be grounds for us to file a counter-motion of ‘Liar Liar Pants-On-Fire.'"

At publishing time, in case the do-over motion was not granted by the court, the prosecution was preparing to file a motion to have the judge decide the case by a game of "Eeny Meeny Miney Moe."

https://babylonbee.com/news/trump-trial-prosecutors-file-motion-for-a-do-over

 

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MEANWHILE:

 

Biden's team announced the President has agreed to a debate with Donald Trump in June, but only if a lengthy set of very particular conditions are met. Here are ten things Biden's team is demanding before the President will sign off on a debate with Trump:

  1. Biden's microphone must be edible: The flavor, however, may either be chocolate chip or mint chocolate.
  2. Biden must be allowed to sniff the hair of the moderator before the debate: No exceptions, not even for Jake Tapper.
  3. The debate must be held in a remote location with no chance of any witnesses: Like a WNBA game.
  4. No one can ask any questions about the economy, inflation, Afghanistan, Gaza, the border, crime levels, Ukraine, Hunter Biden, Ashley Biden, campus protests, Title IX, or any other topics in existence: Pretty standard.
  5. The only network allowed to carry debate is Al-Jazeera: Fair and balanced.
  6. Each candidate will be allowed one IV infusion line for drugs: Smelling salts must also be available.
  7. Candidates can phone-a-friend unlimited times: Just like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, but with dementia.
  8. White House reserves right to have role of Biden played by Tom Hanks: Just in case.
  9. The debate will end after 12 minutes or when Biden falls asleep, whichever comes first: The debate must also start at 10:30 a.m.
  10. Trump must agree to drop out of the Presidential race and go to jail: Seems reasonable.

Ball's in your court, Trump!

 

https://babylonbee.com/news/here-are-ten-more-demands-biden-has-made-in-order-to-debate-trump

 

The Babylon Bee has obtained the following list of Donald Trump's debate demands:

  1. Benny Hill music must be played whenever Biden wanders around the stage: His aimless shuffling will be much more entertaining to the viewing audience set to "Yakety Sax."
  2. Moderators have to be smoking hot: Not just attractive. They have to be hot. Smoking hot. At least a 9 or a 10. Or even better than 10, maybe. Debates are better with hot moderators. I can't look at a dog for 3 hours. That would be terrible. 
  3. Catering provided by McDonald's: Big Macs and Diet Cokes during every commercial break.
  4. Lightning round: Featuring a wheel to be spun for prizes, including Trump Steaks, Trump sneakers, and Trump NFTs.
  5. Sad trombone riff plays following every Biden answer: Wah-wah-wahhhhh!
  6. Whenever Trump drops a savage diss, sunglasses lower from the ceiling and the words "Thug Life" appear onscreen: Don't worry, Biden won't even know it's happening.
  7. The loser gets slimed: It's time to bring the genius of Nickelodeon to presidential debates.

https://babylonbee.com/news/donald-trumps-7-debate-demands-revealed

 

SEE ALSO: https://babylonbee.com/news/biden-dies-13-times-while-filming-video-challenging-trump-to-debate

 

SEE ALSO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH7BrUi8Ul8

 

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cohen lies....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Y5i2wUoy4

Jesse Watters : UNBELIEVABLY, this is Transpiring

 

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OF COURSE, STEPHEN COLBERT, LATE NIGHT SHOWMAN FOR THE DEMOCRATS,  WILL HAVE ANOTHER TAKE ON THIS ONE....

lying cohen.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4G_b11Gvwg

Clay Travis on Trump: This is ‘clear grounds’ for a mistrial

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7y7xWCFQpU

Trump spokeswoman: American people see this case for what it is, a 'witch hunt'

 

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thieving cohen....

Michael Cohen Admits He STOLE From Trump on the Stand, with Sens. Ted Cruz and Katie Britt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rZIXM2MiFA

 

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