- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Washington Post’s executive editor on Monday slammed a “conspiracy theory” by Sen. Bernard Sanders that the paper is biased against him.

Mr. Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont, suggested during a campaign speech earlier in the day in New Hampshire that his criticism of Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos, who also own The Post, often results in negative coverage about him.

“I talk about [Amazon’s taxes] all of the time,” Mr. Sanders said in Wolfeboro, CNN reported. “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.”

Mr. Sanders included The New York Times in his attacks during an event Monday evening in North Conway, New Hampshire.

“We have pointed out over and over again that Amazon made $10 billion in profits last year,” he said, CNN reported. “You know how much they paid in taxes? You got it, zero! Any wonder why The Washington Post is not one of my great supporters, I wonder why? New York Times not much better.”

Multiple news outlets, including CNN, Fox News and Politico, compared Mr. Sanders’ rhetoric to that of President Trump, who has repeatedly attacked mainstream media outlets for negative coverage about him.

Marty Baron, executive editor of The Post, responded to Mr. Sanders’ criticism in a statement saying its newsroom operates independently from Mr. Bezos.

“Sen. Sanders is a member of a large club of politicians — of every ideology — who complain about their coverage,” Mr. Baron said. “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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