Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Amazon's Bezos says Trump should be 'glad' of media scrutiny

Amazon's Bezos says Trump should be 'glad' of media scrutiny

We'll use the same set of principles that have driven Amazon. Amazon, it should be said, has responded to these claims before, calling them "inaccurate and misleading". Amazon warehouse employees are known to have bad working conditions, pitiful wages, and have even been forced into homelessness after workplace injuries. This is good. I am glad I am getting scrutinized.' But it's really risky to demonize the media. "We want to live in a society where people are anxious about big institutions". "Most important of those will be genuine, intense customer obsession". "Jeff Bezos is our enemy, he is our enemy", Sawant said before the council voted. "Nobody in their garage is going to build an all-fiber fuel-efficient Boeing 787".

Bezos said he selected these two areas after getting thousands of ideas from an appeal he launched on Twitter past year.

At the Economic Club discussion Thursday night, in response to a question from moderator David Rubenstein about President Trump's critical statements about The Post, Bezos said public officials shouldn't lash out at the news media. "But it is really unsafe to demonize the media".

He added that he has had a couple of conversations with the president, but wants to keep them private. "Never have I been more comfortable at an Amazon board meeting!"

Philanthropy experts called Bezos' approach direct and pragmatic, but said its success would depend largely on how the money was allocated and how willing the billionaire was to make changes along the way. "So, we've made tremendous progress. and we will get there".

The Amazon chief's wealth has become problematic for some.

The Amazon founder, the world's wealthiest person, offered detail on his philanthropic goals, announcing the Bezos Day One Fund, which will begin with an initial $2 billion.

Bezos' relative silence was a stark contrast to peers like Bill Gates, whose foundation is the world's largest, and Warren Buffett, who has vowed to give away the majority of his wealth. "I'll keep my conversations with the president to myself", Bezos said.

This is not the first time Bezos has publicly defended his newspaper from Donald Trump.

He said on Thursday that the "Bezos Day One Fund" will contribute to "existing nonprofits that help homeless families" and also fund "a network of new, nonprofit, tier-one preschools in low-income communities".

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