What Washington Post Reporters Were Slacking About on Sunday

From a story on politico.com headlined “What Washington Post reporters were slacking about on Sunday”:

“Jeff Bezos Criticizes Joe Biden in Twitter Spat Over Inflation,” by WSJ’s Tarini Parti and Bradley Olson.

Exchange No. 1:

  • Biden’s original tweet: “You want to bring down inflation? Let’s make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share.”
  • Bezos’ response: “The newly created Disinformation Board should review this tweet, or maybe they need to form a new Non Sequitur Board instead. Raising corp taxes is fine to discuss. Taming inflation is critical to discuss. Mushing them together is just misdirection.”

Exchange No. 2:

  • Biden’s original tweet: “Under my predecessor, the deficit increased every single year. This year, we’re on track to cut the deficit by $1.5 trillion — the biggest one-year decline ever. It matters to families, because reducing the deficit is one of the main ways we can ease inflationary pressures.”
  • Bezos, adding on to a withering response from @ne0liberal: “In fact, the administration tried hard to inject even more stimulus into an already over-heated, inflationary economy and only [Sen. JOE] MANCHIN saved them from themselves. Inflation is a regressive tax that most hurts the least affluent. Misdirection doesn’t help the country.”

The White House responds: “It doesn’t require a huge leap to figure out why one of the wealthiest individuals on Earth opposes an economic agenda for the middle class that cuts some of the biggest costs families face, fights inflation for the long haul, and adds to the historic deficit reduction the President is achieving by asking the richest taxpayers and corporations to pay their fair share. It’s also unsurprising that this tweet comes after the President met with labor organizers, including Amazon employees.” (h/t WaPo’s Jeff Stein)

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