Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos ripped into President Trump on Thursday over his treatment of the news media, calling upon the president not to “demonize” the media.
During a speech which he gave at the Economic Club of Washington, the billionaire called on Trump bring an end to his “dangerous” rhetoric focused o reporters and news publications, AFP reports.
“It’s dangerous to demonize the media,” Bezos explained. “It’s dangerous to call the media lowlifes. It’s dangerous to say they are the ‘enemy of the people.’ ”
“We live in a society where it’s not just the laws of the land that protect us,” he continued. “It’s also the social norms that protect us. It works because we believe the words on that piece of paper.”
Bezos, who Forbes currently lists as being the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth over $100 billion, went on to claim that the overall reputation of the media in the U.S. would be “fine,” and would survive Trump’s attacks.
“We are so robust in this country. The media is going to be fine,” Bezos explained, in accordance to AFP, before quoting Post editor Marty Baron: “The administration may be at war with us, but we are not at war with the administration.”
The president has gone after Bezos’s business, Amazon Inc., over the company’s relationship with the U.S. Postal Service, which Trump argues is evidence of Amazon trying to take advantage of the federal government.
“I am right about Amazon costing the United States Post Office massive amounts of money for being their Delivery Boy. Amazon should pay these costs (plus) and not have them bourne [sic] by the American Taxpayer. Many billions of dollars. P.O. leaders don’t have a clue (or do they?)!” Trump wrote in April.
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