Jeff Bezos says Trump shouldn't 'demonize the media'

Devin Lawrence
September 14, 2018

The comments appeared to be the first direct, public rebuke of Mr Trump by Mr Bezos, a frequent target of attacks by the President.

The "Bezos Day One Fund" created by Bezos and his wife MacKenzie will focus on two areas: helping "existing nonprofits that help homeless families" and funding "a network of new, nonprofit, tier-one preschools in low-income communities", he wrote. "The media is going to be fine", Bezos said, according to AFP, before paraphrasing Post editor Marty Baron: "The administration may be at war with us, but we are not at war with the administration".

"We'll use the same set of principals that have driven Amazon", wrote Bezos of the preschool management.

The second will launch a network of "high-quality, full-scholarship" preschools in low-income communities, which a Day One Fund organization will directly operate.

President Trump has not only repeatedly called out the Post for purveying fake news, but has long accused Amazon of avoiding taxes and incurring major loses to U.S. Postal Service's bottom line.

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"It is really important that politicians and others, they need to understand the value that big companies bring in and not demonize or vilify business in general", Bezos said on Thursday evening at an Economic Club of Washington dinner.

Amazon has come under heavy criticism for how workers are treated at its distribution centres and its tax contributions.

"If our own great grandchildren don't have lives better than ours, something has gone very wrong", Bezos said in a tweet on Thursday. "Never have I been more comfortable at an Amazon board meeting!", Bezos' post read.

Bezos said he selected these two areas after getting thousands of ideas from an appeal he launched on Twitter a year ago. It's unsafe to call the media lowlifes. "It's unsafe to say that they're the enemy of the people". It's also social norms that protect us. "We're going to push through this". Bezos, with an estimated fortune of more than $160 billion, is now the world's wealthiest man, according to Forbes. "I know what Amazon could do when we were 10 people and I know what we could do when we were 1,000 and I know what we could do when we were 10,000, and I know what we could do the day when we are a half a million", he added. "The secret sauce of Amazon - the number one thing that has made us successful has by far is obsessive, compulsive focus on the customer".

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