#FOTUS Scandal Theory: Is Playboy Complicit In The Cover Story?

by Shelton Bumgarner

I’m well aware of how obsessive I’m becoming over this. What’s generating this obsession is the severe cognitive dissidence associated with being told one thing (Elliot Broidy is Shera Bechard’s babydaddy) and knowing something significant: Broidy wanted access and Bechard used Trump’s go-to guy to represent women who he was working on an NDA with, Keith Davidson.

Those two issues keep rolling around in my head and they generate my obsession. I’m in a logic trap, much like HAL 9000 at the end of 2001. I’m being forced to believe something without enough information to feel comfortable that what I’m told be true is, in fact, true.

One thing I want to know is: WHAT DOES PLAYBOY KNOW.

It’s really driving me bonkers. Playboy is the weak spot of the cover story, if it is a cover story. They have a vested interest in helping their journalistic brethren learn the truth one way or another. I could even see The New York Times (or whomever) sweetening the deal for Playboy by saying they’d co-brand the results of the investigation. What more would Cooper Hefner want?

If Playboy actively helped with an investigation that had the potential to shame Trump out of office, they would have a credibility glow that would shine for a decade. Meanwhile, if they are complicit and don’t help they have an existential threat on their hands.

I don’t know. Just don’t know. It’s really rather perplexing. That Broidy dated someone like Bechard for two years and we have no proof of a romantic connection. That’s just wacky. It just seems so simple for Peter K. Stris to slip a Republican operative a picture of Bechard and Broidy together in some manner. That ends the speculation and Trump can go back to ruining the country I love so much.

Anyway, something has to give. Something has to break one way or another. Or maybe not. Maybe that’s Stris’ media strategy — radio silence. If he knows it’s Broidy then he has nothing to worry about. But if he knows it’s Trump and he’s laying low for a different reason entirely, well, we’re off to the races.

But I have been wrong so many times before that I’m working on the assumption what I don’t know is going to break Broidy’s way and I look like a moron. It has to be Broidy, it just has to be. Right? Right? Right?

So, Cooper Hefner, Does Playboy Want To Save The World? #FOTUS

by Shelton Bumgarner

If I had any credibility, I would call up Cooper Hefner myself and ask him a simple question: What does Playboy know about the FOTUS theory that it was Donald J. Trump and not Elliot Broidy who fathered the child that Shera Bechard may have aborted in exchange for $1.6 million.

It seems as though from an institutional point of view, the company — and Hefner — would have every reason to cooperate with an investigation. All he would have to do is ask women known to be close to Bechard what they knew. LA has a whole different thing going on than NYC and it’s at least possible that they’re all so busy getting busy and doing drugs that they aren’t totally clued-into the FOTUS scandal theory.

All the NY Times newsroom — or whomever — would have to do is get the highest profile editor they ready access to do call Hefner up and ask him that question. I suspect we’d be surprised how quickly we would have our answer about who the babydaddy was.

Let me be clear — I just want the truth. If it’s Broidy, then shrug. I’ve made a fool out of myself yet again in a very public manner.

V-Log: The FOTUS Affair (Theory) & Citadel Playboy

by Shelton bumgarner

I wonder what would happen if someone from a major media organization asked Cooper Hefner what Playboy Enterprises knew about the FOTUS Affair theory. Would he stonewall or would he fold like France in 1940. That’s a very interesting question.

My gut tells me he’d fold.

He has every reason to help someone from another media company find out the truth of the matter. In this video I talk at great length about all of this. It’s pretty good.

I Have Questions For Playboy’s Cooper Hefner About Trump, Bechard & Broidy

by Shelton Bumgarner

Of all the people who could clear this situation up, Cooper Hefner is high on the list. I say this because as I understand it, Playboy is a pretty tight-knit group of people and I can’t imagine Hefner wouldn’t know something about any kind of contact Trump may have had with Shera Bechard in about 2015.

And here’s something that my sleuthing friend noticed: apparently when Trump first started his campaign for president, Hugh Hefner was all for it. But that written endorsement was later taken down by Playboy.

What gives?

If you want to see if this theory gets some traction, share this video with your friends. Maybe it might get someone in the MSM to something about all of this.

The issue at this point is that I sound very much like I’m making shit up. I don’t mean to be, but as my sleuthing friend also said: “It’s good to ask questions.”

Really, all I want is proof from Playboy and Cooper Hefner that Bechard knows Elliot Broidy. Give me that and I’ll shut up. But right now, we got squat. We got nothing. No publicly known proof that Bechard knows either Broidy or Trump. I have a little bit of information which on the face of it would indicate this is all just my ranting speculating, but the source has, shall we say, a monitory reason or $1.6 million to lead us astray.

So, if I had the resources to investigate all of this, I would start with Playboy and work my way out. I say this because Playboy at least purports to have enough political wherewithal that they might believe they have a vested interest in fessing up what they know. It definitely would be great PR for the magazine if they helped if not bring down the Trump Administration, at least mortally wounded it.

Here’s what we know for the time being about all of this:
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The Bechard / Broidy / Trump Imbroglio & Mulling How Complicit Playboy is

by Shelton Bumgarner

A decent chance exists that when everyone wakes up tomorrow — about the time Morning Joe comes on — the entire country (or at least those who are clued in) is going to realize how little we know about the purported affair between Elliot Broidy and Playboy Bunny Shera Bechard.

Now, as I keep saying, I know a little bit of information I don’t feel comfortable sharing which would indicate it’s a little less likely than it seems that it’s Trump not Broidy who is Bechard’s babydaddy. In fact, I would go so far as to say we’re one concrete piece of information linking Broidy to Bechard away from all this speculation I’ve been doing being rendered quite comical.

But the issue is — as of right now, we have absolutely zero evidence that Broidy and Bechard know each other. None. Zip. Zilch. Zero. What we do have is a preponderance of logic saying it was Trump, not Broidy who got Bechard pregnant. That and a whole slew of questions that spring from that logic.

Here are some questions just off the top of my head:

How would Bechard and Trump have met? Who would have known from the beginning? It seems likely that if Trump was the one to have the affair with Bechard and not Broidy, that he met her at a Playboy function. It couldn’t possibly be that difficult to simply ask around Playboy to see what people know. Trump is sufficiently hated that someone, somewhere might squeal, if there is anything to squeal about at all.

Given they may have met at a Playboy function, how complicit is Playboy (ie Cooper Hefner) in all of this. I would be flabbergasted if Hefner couldn’t simply pick up a phone and answer this particular riddle quite quickly. If he purports to be all so liberal and anti-Trump, wouldn’t it behoove him to clear things up for us, given the stakes?

How could Trump have possibly have kept this secret from 2015 to 2018? How would they have met?

One really bonkers and significant issue is the timetable for the conception of the aborted fetus. From what I can tell, Bechard likely got pregnant soon after Trump was sworn in. How and where did they meet for eventful banging? How could they have possibly kept all of this a secret?

I am perplexed at how we’ve gone this long without some MSM person looking deeper into this. If they prove conclusively that it was Broidy, then I look kind of silly. (Actually, it’s a friend of mine who has been doing all the work, I’m just his hype man.) And, really, all I’ve been doing is looking at this issue from different angles. I really enjoy doing that.

So, as of right now, it’s not so much that Trump got a Playboy Bunny pregnant and she got an abortion, it’s her state of mind when she got an abortion. While there’s a lot of tenuous speculation involved required to get this point, if you could prove that Michael Cohen pressured Shera Bechard to get an abortion in exchange for her silence and $1.6 million…well, that’s pretty craven.

At of this point, I honestly have no clue what the truth is. On one hand, we have the possible cover story that Broidy had an affair with Bechard and on the other than we have what makes a lot more logical sense and that’s that Trump raw dogged her and got her pregnant. Then used Cohen as his fixer to get her to have an abortion in exchange for her silence and $1.6 million. (Which, as far as I know, she hasn’t gotten the entirety of, giving her every reason to stay pretty mum about all of this.)

In short, there are a lot of questions about the Bechard – Broidy situation that have yet to be cleared up. It’s weird that the MSM were so quick to take at face value what we were told in the WSJ article that broke this story. I’d like to think that now, because Broidy is back in the news for, like, influence peddling that started a day after the first payment to Bechard by Broidy that maybe, just maybe this otherwise bonkers idea might get a little traction and we’ll get some evidence one way or another.

Here’s what we know for the time being about all of this:
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Some Idle Musing On Playboy Upon The Death Of Hugh Hefner

by Shelton Bumgarner

While he wasn’t perfect, Hugh Hefner was a personal hero of mine and influenced me in ways large and small. My personal politics are pretty much the editorial page of Playboy in about 1976. Anyway, with his death, Playboy is at a crossroads. I have a little time on my hands and so I’m going idly muse on my personal vision for the great publication that he founded. I have written about most, if not all, of this before but I feel like talking about it again now that Hefner is dead.

If I had any control over Playboy, I would try to bring back its coolness factor from the ’50 and ’60s. I would bring back the old Playboy TV show, maybe in partnership with YouTube or NetFlix and restore the brand to its glory days. I think there is a huge market for that old school cool and if they did a regular show that featured cool people talking about cool stuff and great bands, then people would respond.

Additionally, I would re-imagine the Playboy ideal. As it stands, for decades, the Playboy man has supposed to covet the attention of the “girl next door” who was hot and surprisingly easy given her ostensible persona. I would do something cool like obsess over Ilana Glazer and make her the “mascot” of the publication. She’s not your traditional beauty, but she’s very sex-positive and she would fit perfectly with the modern concept of the type of woman the Playboy man is supposed to lust after.

All of this would be in the context of trying to turn Playboy.com into the second coming of Gawker.com. If Playboy wants to be relevant again, it needs to flip the script, shake things up a little bit — or maybe a lot — and get people talking about it again. And the best way to do that would be to hire a lot of former Gawker writers and get them to rile up the elites with thought provoking commentary. That’s the thing about Playboy right now — it just doesn’t really generate all that much buzz like it used to. It’s a “legacy brand” as they say, and as such it’s more something a middle-aged man like me likes as opposed to the 20 somethings whose attention advertisers long for.

I would also suggest that — in conjunction with Ilana Glazer — the publication go into video in a big way by maybe having Glazer be a roving reporter for them in little shorts. She’s probably really busy right now and it might cost a bit more than expected to get her to do it, but the cost would be worth it. She would bring instant buzz and street cred back to Playboy in a big way. I know I talk a lot about Glazer sometimes, but she’s a personal favorite and I enjoy thinking up new and different ways to exploit her great personality.

Anyway, thanks for the memories, Hef.

Playboy Needs To Get Woke Like Teen Vogue

By Shelton Bumgarner

Teen Vogue has won itself all kinds of accolades and buzz for becoming “woke” in the face of Trumplandia. People have given what could otherwise be sort of a teeny-bopper version of the adult Vogue some real respect for its willingness to get political in an unexpected manner.

I have suggested on more than on occasion that Playboy Magazine should follow a similar path. Now, I know Playboy is doing something akin to what I suggest already. It’s always had progressive leanings. And it’s different for a traditional men’s magazine to bask in the buzz of being woke than it is a young women’s fashion magazine.

But I guess why I keep talking about this is it seems of all the legacy publications with legacy brands that could benefit from being woke, Playboy seems the most in dire need of it. Yet it wouldn’t be easy. It would really have to shake things up for my proposal to be effective. They would need to poach the best writers from, say, Jezebel to really get the buzz machine going.

The only reason why I even mention any of this is that now that Gawker.com no longer exists, I really don’t have a brand that I have a personal affinity for other than Playboy. I really like how cool Playboy once was, way back in the 50s and 60s before it lost its way in later years. So, I want Playboy to thrive and prosper and it seems as though it being exceptionally woke would do the trick.

If Playboy.com became the personal one-stop-shop for woke news on the Trumplandia experience, then it would be serving both an audience and a marketplace that is woefully under served right now. People like me are so desperate for what I’m talking about, that we feel forced to do it ourselves with blog sites like this one.

Regardless, it’s fun to think about. I doubt seriously that Playboy will ever know of my suggestions, but it would be so cool if I woke up and the media world was buzzing about a new, woke vision for Playboy. If Playboy was able to start to be relevant again, I think it would reap some great rewards and it wouldn’t risk simply drifting off into the sunset, never to be seen again.

All of this, of course would depend on how much power and vision young Cooper Hefner has. Cooper Hefner apparently has gotten more power of late and he seems like just the young, brash fellow who might follow the vision I have articulated. But anyway. No one is listening to me and all of this is little more than mental masturbation at this point.

The Curious State Of Playboy

by Shelton Bumgarner

Now, let me be very clear — I am not purporting to be an expert in the inner workings of Playboy Enterprises. I have a real affinity for the brand and so every once in a while I find myself thinking about it. And I only even think about it right this second because I have the notion of someone buying The New York Times on my brain and I feel like doing a little public mulling on the fate of another well known publishing brand, Playboy.

It seems clear that Playboy has no idea what it’s doing. It recently got rid of nudity, only to reverse course and bring it back. Playboy has a major problem in that the very thing that has been associated with it the most over the decades — great pictures of nekkid chicks — leaves most young people feeling kind of meh.

As Playboy itself admits, the Internet makes it so sex is pretty much everywhere and it’s difficult for even Playboy to distinguish itself in a crowded media field. I have thought off an on about how Playboy could fix its lot and so I’m kind of rehashing some it here.

One thing I think we undervalue Playboy for is its commitment to being a voice for the progressive movement. Throughout the 50s and 60s, before it kind of lost its way, Playboy was not only really cool, it was the voice of the Civil Rights and women’s movement. I always liked that about Playboy.

So, maybe if Playboy wanted to save itself, it might do something really, really radical. Right now, Playboy is a fixture of L.A. I think maybe it needs to radically transform itself. Like in a really unexpected manner. One way I could see it doing this would be to cut its ties with L.A. altogether and move the entire operation to New York City, specifically to Brooklyn.

Of course, all of this would depend on the vision of the Hefner family. Hugh Hefner is old and his son Cooper Hefner seems to be growing in power. Thus it seems as though the fate of the company may rest on the vision of Cooper Hefner in the coming years.

If the magazine wants to be a unisex lifestyle magazine, it should do so with vigor. It should keep the nude centerfold in some way, but otherwise, it should focus its attention on making Playboy.com the go-to online hub of The Resistance against Trumplandia.

As I keep saying, right now, I can’t think of any site online that is synonymous with The Resistance. If Playboy was to corner that market, I think it would yet again be relevant and buzz worthy — two qualities it, alas, is not right now.

Additionally, I idly think maybe it would be cool for Playboy to re-imagine the ideal woman for its readership. Instead of bimbo arm candy, why not a really funny smart woman like Ilana Glazer? That would be a real jarring change of place for the magazine. I could imagine a scenario whereby she might a roving reporter of sorts for the magazine’s brand, a mascot, even.

But, alas, no one listens to me for various reasons and I think barring something dramatic, like Playboy Enterprises being bought, it’s likely that Playboy will gradually drift into the sunset.