The Washington Post responded to President Donald Trump’s attacks on Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos with an article on CNN.com Tuesday.
Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, has become a target for Trump in recent weeks, as the federal government is discussing reining in tech giants with more regulation.
“Many observers have concluded that Trump’s anti-Amazon statements are, at least in part, a form of punishment for the Post’s aggressive coverage,” the article continues. “The newsroom frequently breaks news about the administration and the opinion pages employ many Trump critics.”
Washington Post CEO Fred Ryan told CNN that the newspaper “operates with complete independence in making all news and editorial decisions. We alone decide what to publish.”
“It is preposterous and disingenuous to suggest that The Post is used to advance Jeff’s other commercial interests,” Ryan added
Trump tweeted his concerns about Amazon last week and had members of his administration echo his calls for greater reform in the tech industry.
I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2018
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