Trump Again Lures the Media Into Reacting in the Worst Possible Way

Donald J. [email protected]
Is Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly?

Paul [email protected]
Couple, three facts here: 1. Amazon doesn’t own the Post; 2. Have never heard Jeff Bezos order up a story; 3. http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/29/technology/amazon-sales-tax/index.html

Paul Farhi is the media columnist of the Washington Post and in entering President Trump’s wrestling ring he’s pulling the newspaper down to Trump’s level. Some facts:

1. Amazon doesn’t own the Post. Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post and Jeff Bezos is Amazon. Bezos and Amazon are one and the same.

2. Have never heard Jeff Bezos order up a story. No, you wouldn’t—you’re too low on the masthead. Any experienced editor will tell you that the pressure from above, assuming the owner and the publisher aren’t stupid, will be subtle and confined to the top of the masthead. No orders, nothing in writing, just some talk about what’s good for the paper’s health and continued existence.

3. Farhi’s link is to a CNNMoney story headlined “Amazon to start collecting state sales taxes everywhere.” The story goes on to say:

For years Amazon was one of the leaders in the fight to keep online purchases tax free. But as it has moved to offer faster and faster deliveries, it has expanded its network of distribution centers and started collecting sales taxes in more and more states.

President Trump is open to attack on many fronts but lame and disingenuous tweeting is not how journalists should do it.
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P.S. on Jeff Bezos: The Washington Post owner is now the world’s richest man.

 

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