by Elizabeth Vos, Disobedient Media:
The past few weeks have been particularly unpleasant for Jeff Bezos’ Amazon and The Washington Post, as news emerged that Amazon executive Roy Price was forced to resigned in the wake of sex abuse allegations. The claims added to reports of The Washington Post’s repressive policies towards the speech of their own writers. Despite all this, some legacy outlets published calls for Bezos to replace Mike Pompeo as CIA Director, should Pompeo resign.
The events of recent weeks vividly show the danger of growing ties between establishment media, the American deep state, and corporate power. This constitutes a worrying increase in the conglomeration of ties which do not serve the public interest or even financially rely on the support of readership, but instead serve to consolidate power for a select few interests.
Amazon executive Roy Price resigned yesterday due to sex abuse allegations leveled in the wake of the Weinstein scandal. The Verge reports that Price was forced to resign in response to sexual harassment claims leveled online by The Man in the High Castle executive producer Isa Hackett.
The report added that Hackett initially filed a complaint against Price in 2015, when the harassment occurred, but that Amazon took no action at the time. That the company was aware of the allegations two years ago but only acted during the unprecedented public exposure of the Weinstein scandal has fueled anger towards an industry which professes socially liberal values, but in practice appears stuck in the a structure of social norms of the 1950’s.
The impact of the Weinstein scandal has continued to ripple through the media industry, with Amazon forced to scrap a $40 million project Harvey Weinstein was scheduled to produce. The production would have also involved Robert De Niro, who is reported to have been associated with a Malaysian prostitution and human trafficking ring.
This news comes amidst reports that Bezos’ Washington Post had implemented a policy of punishment for its own writers if they were to criticize corporate sponsors. Jimmy Dore reported on the story, discussing its impact on American legacy media.
Despite such negative press, the Washington Examiner advocated yesterday for Bezos to be considered for the role of CIA Director if Trump removes Pompeo from the position. Such a position illustrates the degree to which establishment outlets have become deeply out of touch with the public interest.
As shocking as it may seem, The Examiner was not alone in its sentiments. Quartz also published an article un-ironically titled: “Bezos and Amazon could teach Trump how to Run the US.” They appear to have thought better of the statement, and later modified their title.
Adding to this, recent reports indicate The Washington Post’s policy of censorship of employees targets criticizing of corporate advertisers. The Hill wrote: “The new policy states that employees of The Post must not conduct themselves on social media in a way that “adversely affects The Post’s customers, advertisers, subscribers, vendors, suppliers, or partners.”
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