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Jeff Bezos Is Doing Huge Business with the CIA, While Keeping His Washington Post Readers in the Dark

Amazon has a bad history of currying favor with the U.S. government’s “national security” establishment.

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From the Institute, we also contacted other media and intelligence analysts to ask for assessments;  their comments are unlikely to ever appear in the  Washington Post.

“What emerges now is what, in intelligence parlance, is called an ‘agent of influence’ owning the  Post -- with a huge financial interest in playing nice with the CIA,” said former CIA official Ray McGovern. “In other words, two main players nourishing the national security state in undisguised collaboration.”

A former reporter for the  Washington Post and many other news organizations, John Hanrahan, said: “It's all so basic. Readers of the  Washington Post, which reports frequently on the CIA, are entitled to know -- and to be reminded on a regular basis in stories and editorials in the newspaper and online -- that the  Post's new owner Jeff Bezos stands to benefit substantially from Amazon's $600 million contract with the CIA. Even with such disclosure, the public should not feel assured they are getting tough-minded reporting on the CIA. One thing is certain:  Post reporters and editors are aware that Bezos, as majority owner of Amazon, has a financial stake in maintaining good relations with the CIA -- and this sends a clear message to even the hardest-nosed journalist that making the CIA look bad might not be a good career move.”

The rich and powerful blow hard against the flame of truly independent journalism. If we want the lantern carried high, we’re going to have to do it ourselves.

Norman Solomon is founding director of the Institute for Public Accuracy and co-founder of RootsAction.org.  His latest book is War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.

 

 
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