Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos used his speech to the Economic Club of Washington on Thursday to criticize President Trump for his frequent attacks on the media.
Bezos did not specify Trump by name, but it was clear whom he was speaking about.
“I don’t feel the need to defend Amazon,” Bezos said. “But I will say this: I do think it’s a mistake for any elected official to attack media and journalists.”
“There’s no public figure who’s ever liked their headlines. It’s OK. It’s part of the process,” Bezos said. “What the president should say is, ‘This is right, I’m glad I’m being scrutinized.’ That would be so secure and confident.”
Bezos continued on warning that Trump’s attacks are bad for society and that it was “dangerous to demonize the media.”
“We live in a society where it’s not just the laws of the land that protect us. It’s also social norms that protect us. And every time you attack that, you’re eroding it a little bit around the edges,” he said.
“It’s dangerous to demonize the media. It’s dangerous to call the media lowlifes. It’s dangerous to say they are the ‘enemy of the people.’”
The Post has been the subject of Trump’s ire regarding its use of anonymous sources.
The Washington Post is constantly quoting “anonymous sources” that do not exist. Rarely do they use the name of anyone because there is no one to give them the kind of negative quote that they are looking for. They are a disgrace to journalism but then again, so are many others!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2018
Amazon has also been the subject of Trump’s tweets.
While we are on the subject, it is reported that the U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon. That amounts to Billions of Dollars. The Failing N.Y. Times reports that “the size of the company’s lobbying staff has ballooned,” and that…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2018
Bezos’ remarks were warmly received by the audience, but it is unlikely they will change the president’s attitude towards the media.