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Jeff Bezos Is No Hero

Posted On: Feb 12, 2019   |   Posted By: The New Republic

The world's richest man had a week unlike any in his life. Last Thursday, in a long post on the website Medium , Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer of extorting him with compromising photos. The tabloid had published lurid texts that proved that the Amazon founder and CEO, whose divorce from his wife of 25 years was already pending , was having an affair. His 2,200-word gambit didn't just neutralize the alleged scheme; it brought Bezos seemingly universal adulation. “I think he single-handedly changed the first line of his obituary, from Silicon Valley billionaire to First Amendment defender,” Poynter vice president Jennifer McBride told CNN's Brian Stelter. “And that's quite remarkable.'' The Washington Post, which Bezos owns, didn't go quite that far, but its editorial board lauded him for choosing “to expose what lies behind the National Enquirer's claim to be a practitioner of newsgathering... Mr. Bezos's action has exposed the truth: that its business lies not in honest journalism but in sleazy...

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