The Washington Post let 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have it after the senator accused the paper of unfair coverage.
The editor of the Washington Post, Marty Baron, did not take the assertations sitting down, blasting Sanders as being a part of “a large club of politicians” that make noise “about their coverage” and bashed the Vermont senator’s claims as a “conspiracy theory.”
“Sen. Sanders is a member of a large club of politicians — of every ideology — who complain about their coverage,” said Baron. “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.”
Baron’s comments came after Sander’s campaign stop on Monday in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, where the independent senator from Vermont took aim at the Post and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, claiming he does not “know why” the Washington paper “doesn’t write particularly good articles” regarding him.
“I talk about (Amazon’s taxes) all of the time,” the self-described democratic socialist claimed. “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.”
The Vermont senator echoed his comments at another event of his two-day visit to the Granite State in North Conway, saying that “Amazon made $10 billion in profits” in 2018 and paid “zero” in taxes.
He also took a shot at the New York Times.
“We have pointed out over and over again that Amazon made $10 billion in profits last year. You know how much they paid in taxes? You got it, zero!” said Sanders. “Any wonder why The Washington Post is not one of my great supporters, I wonder why? New York Times is not much better.”
Sanders did not cite specific examples from the Post that he deemed unfair.
Sanders is not the only politician who has gone after the press.