Bezos Calls Trumps Attacks on Media 'dangerous'

Daniel Fowler
September 14, 2018

At the Economic Club discussion Thursday night, in response to a question from moderator David Rubenstein about President Trump's critical statements about The Post, Bezos said public officials shouldn't lash out at the news media. At a speech before the Economic Club of Washington on Thursday, Bezos did not offer any favorites for the project.

The comments appeared to be the first direct, public rebuke of Mr Trump by Mr Bezos, a frequent target of attacks by the President.

Speaking at a Washington business gathering, Bezos said it was normal to draw scrutiny but he did not anticipate any actions that would prevent the internet giant from innovating and growing.

"But it is really unsafe to demonise the media. It's risky to say they're the 'enemy of the people'".

Jeff Bezos' donation of $2 billion to his newly announced charitable fund clearly isn't chump change.

Senator Bernie Sanders, who has been one of Amazon's most vocal critics, last week introduced the Stop BEZOS Act, aimed at placing a tax on big companies like Amazon and Walmart so they compensate the government for the benefits it has to pay their low-income employees.

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Jeff Bezos, president and CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, speaks at the Economic Club of Washington DC's "Milestone Celebration Dinner" in Washington on September 13, 2018. "The media is going to be fine", Bezos predicted. It will support organisations that provide shelter and food for homeless families and will start a network of nonprofit Montessori-inspired preschools for underserved communities.

While the online retail giant's presence made Seattle the fastest-growing big city in the USA, it also has taken a toll on its residents, driving up rent prices, clogging traffic and overwhelming public transportation.

"Luckily I'm sitting right across from him at the table so hopefully I'll get a chance to talk", said Hogan. "We're going to push through this". Most important among those will be genuine, intense customer obsession. "Bezos' response reflects the reality that people feel, which is that there are a lot of real problems not being addressed".

Bezos, now the world's richest person, asked Twitter followers a year ago for ideas about how he should shape his "philanthropy strategy".

"We will build an organization to directly operate these schools". "Frankly, philanthropy can't fund all of society's challenges".

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