WaPo Editor Responds to Sanders Claim That Paper Writes Negative Stories Because of Amazon Criticism

HeadlineAug 13, 2019

The executive editor of The Washington Post is accusing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders of supporting a “conspiracy theory,” after the 2020 hopeful claimed during a New Hampshire campaign speech that The Washington Post writes negative stories about him because of his criticisms of Amazon. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns the newspaper.

Sen. Bernie Sanders: “Anybody here know how much Amazon paid in taxes last year?”

Sanders supporters: “Nothing!”

Sen. Bernie Sanders: “Yeah. So, you know, I talk about that all of the time, and then I wonder why The Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon, doesn’t write particularly good articles about me. I don’t know why.”

Washington Post editor Marty Baron told CNN in a statement, “Senator Sanders is a member of a large club of politicians — of every ideology — who complain about their coverage. Contrary to the conspiracy theory the senator seems to favor, Jeff Bezos allows our newsroom to operate with full independence, as our reporters and editors can attest.”

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