Jeff Bezos says Trump is wrong to 'demonize the media'


But I will say this - it is a mistake for any elected official, in my opinion, I don't think this is a very out-there opinion, to attack media and journalists.

Bezos said in remarks to the Economic Club of Washington that it is "really really hard" for a child to catch up if they fall behind in their early years.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who typically tries to stay out of the political fray, has mounted a vigorous defence of press freedom, saying President Donald Trump should be "glad" to face media scrutiny.

"It's unsafe to demonize the media", Bezos said. "It's unsafe to say they're the 'enemy of the people'".

The Bezos Day One Fund will focus on two initiatives, the billionaire announced in an online post Thursday. Amazon warehouse employees are known to have terrible working conditions, pitiful wages, and have even been forced into homelessness after workplace injuries.

Within this, the Day 1 Families Fund will support existing non-profits that offer shelter and food to young homeless families. The Day 1 Academies Fund, meanwhile, "will launch and operate a network of high-quality, full-scholarship, Montessori-inspired preschools in underserved communities". This year, Gates also announced it was taking up systemic poverty in the U.S.

"Luckily I'm sitting right across from him at the table so hopefully I'll get a chance to talk", said Hogan.

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Jeff Bezos, president and CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, speaks at the Economic Club of Washington DC's "Milestone Celebration Dinner" in Washington on September 13, 2018. Most important among those will be genuine, intense customer obsession.

Bezos said early childhood education is a critical area and that "the money spent there is going to pay huge dividends for decades". The child will be the customer.

The pair have form, with Trump last December complaining that the US Postal Service's pricing policies were helping to make the likes to Amazon richer. "Bezos' response reflects the reality that people feel, which is that there are a lot of real problems not being addressed".

"We're hoping that local, state and federal governments see this as a call to invest more in preschool and childcare", he said.

With a personal fortune of US$163.8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the Amazon chief executive officer had been largely invisible in the world of philanthropy.

This article was written by Christian Davenport and Abha Bhattarai, reporters for The Washington Post.