Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders blasted The Washington Put up and accused the paper of biased protection due to his criticisms of Amazon.
In a New Hampshire city corridor on Monday, the 2020 presidential candidate requested the viewers how a lot Amazon paid in taxes final yr, to which one particular person responded, “Nothing!”
“See, I speak about that all the time,” Sanders replied. “After which I’m wondering why The Washington Put up — which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon — doesn’t write notably good articles about me. I don’t know why. However I assume possibly there’s a connection. Perhaps we helped elevate the minimal wage at Amazon to 15 bucks an hour as effectively.”
Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, owns the Put up, however the newspaper has lengthy mentioned it operates independently of the tech large.
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Sanders has been a frequent critic of the Seattle-based tech firm over wages, the working situations at its success facilities and extra. Amazon raised its minimal wage to $15 per hour final yr after Sanders and others referred to as on the corporate to take action.
Martin Baron, the Put up’s govt editor, mentioned in a press release that Bezos doesn’t intrude with or affect the newspaper’s protection.
“Sen. Sanders is a member of a big membership of politicians — of each ideology — who complain about their protection,” Baron mentioned. “Opposite to the conspiracy principle the senator appears to favor, Jeff Bezos permits our newsroom to function with full independence, as our reporters and editors can attest.”
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President Trump has criticized the Put up’s protection of him and labeled the paper because the “Amazon Washington Put up” in his tweets.