Railing against suggestions by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders that its reporting might be biased by its ownership by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Washington Post editor, Marty Baron, explained that Bezos generously allows Post journalists to operate fully independently, and would never permit them to act as anything less than completely free journalistic agents.
"Bezos would have our hides if we ever tried to pander to him," said Baron. "After he bought the paper and ordered us to report the news more independently than ever, we jumped."
He added, "Bernie Sanders is just trying to damage our reputation, exactly like Donald Trump."
Baron concluded by stating that Sanders was hurting democracy by daring to even suggest that there might possibly be an inherent conflict of interest, in a system in which mainstream news media are owned by corporations.
"What next, Bernie - tin foil hats?" he chided. "Please stop."