- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2018

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos argued Thursday that President Trump’s attacks on the media are “dangerous” for the country.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly attacked left-leaning news outlets such as NBC and CNN as “fake news.” Mr. Bezos, who owns another one of Mr. Trump’s common targets, The Washington Post, said the president should be more welcoming to the scrutiny.

“What the president should say is, ‘This is right. This is good. I’m glad I’m being scrutinized,’ and that would be so secure and confident,” he said during a question-and-answer session with investor David Rubenstein, hosted by the Economic Club of Washington.

“But it’s really dangerous to demonize the media,” Mr. Bezos said. “It’s dangerous to call the media lowlifes. It’s dangerous to say they’re the ‘enemy of the people.’ “

“We live in a society where it’s not just the laws of the land that protect us,” he said, AFP reported. “It’s also social norms that protect us. And every time you attack that, you’re eroding it a little bit around the edges.”

Mr. Trump has also repeatedly criticized Amazon, but Mr. Bezos, who Forbes named as the richest person in the world, said he feels more of a duty to protect The Post from the president’s attacks.

“I do defend the Post,” he said. “I don’t feel the need to defend Amazon.”

Mr. Bezos said he has had “a couple of conversations” with Mr. Trump, but declined to say what was discussed.

The CEO’s comments were a rare step into the national political discussion, which he tends to avoid.

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