Lies, Damn Lies, And Fact Checking – Sirota
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Jeff Bezos’s newspaper is weaponizing fact checking to slander Bernie Sanders and defend GOP tax cuts that enrich billionaires and Amazon. Democracy dies in darkness.
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Now, comes the crescendo: The newspaper owned by a man worth $180 billion is deploying fact checking to try to revise the entire history of the tax cuts that enriched his retail conglomerate. And what a coincidence — the revision is happening just as the tax policy may be revisited by a new Democratic president.
Not surprisingly, this particular broadside is being directed at Sanders, arguably the most prominent critic of Bezos and Amazon in all of American politics. He introduced legislation to shame the company for its labor practices, he successfully pressured the company to raise its workers’ wages and has championed legislation to tax billionaires.
Bezos’s company has responded by attacking the Vermont senator — and now his newspaper is trying to reinforce those attacks under the deceptive guise of fact checking, all as it warns readers on every story that democracy dies in darkness.
At issue is Sanders’ innocuous water-is-wet comment on CNN this week, in which he correctly said “my Republican colleagues voted for almost $2 trillion in tax breaks for the wealthiest people in this country and the largest corporations.”
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February 5, 2021 at 5:17 AM #400997soryangParticipant
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Lobbyists for the billionaire oligarch class writes the tax laws. They have to control the media so that no one can contradict their bs stories about why it must remain that way.
It’s the same with other laws as well, but the principle was told to me decades ago by a tax lawyer with an LLM in taxation and it fits perfectly in this context.
February 5, 2021 at 7:11 AM #401016Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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No one is going to forget that bezos got a ten-year tax holiday & its the main reason Amazon is what it is now.
Nor that his ‘investors’ never seemed to care that he didn’t make a profit for a decade either.
Something was rigged there for sure.
He can do the memory hole shuffle & try to revise history all he wants, no one who lived through it will forget what a scam his whole enterprise is.
And if they do, I for one will do my part to remind them.
Bezos should be dropped in the memory hole himself imho; frozen cryogenically like his (apparent) glass eye.
maybe its a cyborg eye.
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