Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos took selective aim Thursday at President Donald Trump, choosing not to to engage with him about Amazon, but coming to the Post’s defense, according to a Politico report.
“It is a mistake for any elected official in my opinion … to attack media and journalists. I believe that it’s an essential component of our democracy,” Bezos said in an on-stage interview with the Economic Club of Washington. “What the President should say is, ‘This is right. This is good. I am glad I am getting scrutinized.’ But it’s really dangerous to demonize the media. It’s dangerous to call the media lowlifes. It’s dangerous to say they’re the ‘enemy of the people.’”
Bezos has made headlines lately, promising $2 billion to fight homelessness and substandard preschool education after some bad publicity last week when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill called the “Stop BEZOS Act” to force giant companies to pay their workers better.