Washington Post Not Reporting CIA Connection

Jeff Bezos is the sole owner of the Washington Post. As such, any stories he writes regarding the CIA or the US Gov’t in general, should come with a notice that he has a six hundred million dollar conflict-of-interest.

So what does Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ decision to buy the Washington Post mean?

That was the question NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik tackled on Morning Edition (8/6/13). It was good to hear Folkenflik note that there is an “enormous constellation of issues” that affect Amazon‘s bottom line in Washington–which should raise some concerns about conflicts of interest on issues like internet sales taxes and copyright/intellectual property.

And he added that the company is becoming a “major vendor” to the U.S. government, particularly in the realm of web storage. The most prominent example: The CIA recently reached a $600 million deal with Amazon to build its cloud storage system.

So what happens if, say, the Washington Post wants to report on something that CIA or other intelligence agencies might not like? Folkenflik commented:

I suspect Bezos doesn’t intend to interfere in things like that, but we don’t know how he’s going to do it yet. We haven’t seen him operate in this realm.

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4 Responses to Washington Post Not Reporting CIA Connection

  1. jOe says:

    Multinational conglomerate OmniCorp starring Jeff Bezos goes head to head with Alex Murphey (i.e. Robocop) This is all starting to sound like an all too real future Sci-Fi warfare governmental conspiracy thriller.
    Bezos is more collective then Starbucks Howard Schultz but same mindset….Socialist LIBERAL with world agendas. Bezos runs a high tech warehouse where Schultz makes coffee.

  2. notamobster says:

    This is a serious conflict of interest and no one gives a shit. You think Raytheon would ever say anything negative about the defense dept? No. Why not? Because they know where their bread is buttered.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      The Washington Post, however, has been brutally harsh in its reporting on Trump.

      • notamobster says:

        Ah, but not the CIA… That’s the point. They need to establish with all 14 of their readers, that they have a commercial relationship with Central Intelligence.