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Posted 29 May 2017 - 09:43 AM

Jeff Bezos Is Doing Huge Business with the CIA, While Keeping His Washington Post Readers in the Dark  

 

The Post’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon -- which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA. But the Post’s articles about the CIA are not disclosing that the newspaper’s sole owner is the main owner of CIA business partner Amazon.

 

Even for a multi-billionaire like Bezos, a $600 million contract is a big deal. That’s more than twice as much as Bezos paid to buy the Post.

And there’s likely to be plenty more where that CIA largesse came from. Amazon’s offer wasn’t the low bid, but it won the CIA contract anyway by offering advanced high-tech “cloud” infrastructure. 

 

As Amazon’s majority owner and the Post’s only owner, Bezos stands to gain a lot more if his newspaper does less ruffling and more soothing of CIA feathers.

 

Amazon has a bad history of currying favor with the U.S. government’s “national security” establishment. The media watch group FAIR pointed out what happened after WikiLeaks published State Department cables: “WikiLeaks was booted from Amazon’s webhosting service AWS. So at the height of public interest in what WikiLeaks was publishing, readers were unable to access the WikiLeaks website.” 

 

Propaganda largely depends on patterns of omission and repetition. If, in its coverage of the CIA, the Washington Post were willing to fully disclose the financial ties that bind its owner to the CIA, such candor would shed some light on how top-down power actually works in our society.

 

“The Post is unquestionably the political paper of record in the United States, and how it covers governance sets the agenda for the balance of the news media,” journalism scholar Robert W. McChesney points out. “Citizens need to know about this conflict of interest in the columns of the Post itself.”  

  

  http://www.alternet....is-readers-dark

 


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Posted 29 May 2017 - 09:47 AM

Jeff Bezos Is Doing Huge Business with the CIA, While Keeping His Washington Post Readers in the Dark  

 

The Post’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon -- which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA. But the Post’s articles about the CIA are not disclosing that the newspaper’s sole owner is the main owner of CIA business partner Amazon.

 

Even for a multi-billionaire like Bezos, a $600 million contract is a big deal. That’s more than twice as much as Bezos paid to buy the Post.

And there’s likely to be plenty more where that CIA largesse came from. Amazon’s offer wasn’t the low bid, but it won the CIA contract anyway by offering advanced high-tech “cloud” infrastructure. 

 

As Amazon’s majority owner and the Post’s only owner, Bezos stands to gain a lot more if his newspaper does less ruffling and more soothing of CIA feathers.

 

Amazon has a bad history of currying favor with the U.S. government’s “national security” establishment. The media watch group FAIR pointed out what happened after WikiLeaks published State Department cables: “WikiLeaks was booted from Amazon’s webhosting service AWS. So at the height of public interest in what WikiLeaks was publishing, readers were unable to access the WikiLeaks website.” 

 

Propaganda largely depends on patterns of omission and repetition. If, in its coverage of the CIA, the Washington Post were willing to fully disclose the financial ties that bind its owner to the CIA, such candor would shed some light on how top-down power actually works in our society.

 

“The Post is unquestionably the political paper of record in the United States, and how it covers governance sets the agenda for the balance of the news media,” journalism scholar Robert W. McChesney points out. “Citizens need to know about this conflict of interest in the columns of the Post itself.”  

  

  http://www.alternet....is-readers-dark

 

 

 

 

Good to see you are reading Alternet.  Keep it up. 


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 11:18 AM

The Washington Post Covers Up For Uber 

 

Shouldn't the Washington Post point out that its owner, Jeff Bezos, owns about $1-3 billion worth of Uber stock?  

 

 

Earlier this month Saudi Arabia announced its Public Investment Fund was investing $3.5 billion in Uber and filling a seat on the company’s board.

In conjunction with this, Uber announced it would be expanding its operation in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving.

“Uber is profiting from this ban, generating tremendous revenue by providing male drivers to Saudi women who are not allowed to drive,” stated a petition from the activist group Codepink

 

If Uber profits from Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers then presumably so do its shareholders, including Bezos. Yet the Post‘s coverage of Saudi Arabia’s investment fails to disclose Bezos’ stake in Uber.  

 

 

 

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Posted 02 June 2017 - 11:51 AM

The Washington Post Covers Up For Uber 

 

Shouldn't the Washington Post point out that its owner, Jeff Bezos, owns about $1-3 billion worth of Uber stock?  

 

 

Earlier this month Saudi Arabia announced its Public Investment Fund was investing $3.5 billion in Uber and filling a seat on the company’s board.

In conjunction with this, Uber announced it would be expanding its operation in Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world that prohibits women from driving.

“Uber is profiting from this ban, generating tremendous revenue by providing male drivers to Saudi women who are not allowed to drive,” stated a petition from the activist group Codepink

 

If Uber profits from Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers then presumably so do its shareholders, including Bezos. Yet the Post‘s coverage of Saudi Arabia’s investment fails to disclose Bezos’ stake in Uber.  

 

 

 

 http://www.huffingto...b_10518400.html

 

OMG! First Alternet and now the Huffington Post! Keep this up and pretty soon your brain with be swimming in a sea of reality.


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Posted 02 June 2017 - 10:05 PM


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