Time: 1:24 p.m. CEST
The Washington Post, newspaper in ownership of the Nash Holdings, Jeff Bezos’s private investment company, reacted on Friday after Donald Trump, one of the Republican front runners for the presidential nomination, claimed in the interview with the FOX News on Thursday, Bezos, is using the newspaper for influence in Washington on taxes.
The Post Executive Editor, Martin Baron explained for an article in the newspaper that Bezos “has engaged in no such plotting.” Baron said that as the individual responsible for the newspaper staff, he can “say categorically that I have received no instructions from Jeff Bezos regarding our coverage of the presidential campaign — or, for that matter, any other subject.” In addition, Baron says the Post publishes after examinations of the major party nominees for president.
“The decision to write a book on Donald Trump came entirely from the newsroom,” Baron says.
Despite the reaction from the Washington Post, Amazon, company created and owned by Bezos, still did not comment the caustic comments by Trump. What Trump said is that Amazon “is getting away with murder tax-wise.” “He’s using the Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don’t tax Amazon like they should be taxed,” Trump said on Thursday, as Reuters reported. Trump claimed, Bezos uses the Washington Post for political purposes “to save Amazon in terms of taxes and in terms of antitrust.”
Trump said Bezos feels possible threat of him if he wins on the presidential elections. “He thinks I’ll go after him for antitrust. Because he’s got a huge antitrust problem because he’s controlling so much, Amazon is controlling so much of what they are doing,” Trump said.
This is not the first time that two-different generations multimillionaires in the U.S. to confront each other for the way of the running their business. Bezos bought The Washington Post in 2013 and in 2015 he employed former White House press secretary Jay Carney.
“The Post’s business performance, therefore, does not affect Amazon’s taxes,” the Washington Post claimed on Friday.
Note: The article has no intention to reflect any of the concerned positions on the companies behavior on the market in the U.S.