The New York Times Versus Amazon

PC: Stephen Woods via Flickr Creative Commons

PC: Stephen Woods via Flickr Creative Commons

Continuing my sham journalism, a lovely one from The Washington Free Beacon Editor’s Blog:

In August of 2013, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos agreed to buy the Washington Post. Since then, the New York Times has published a great number of pieces that are highly critical of the Internet retailer that is now worth more than Walmart. The latest salvo in the Old Grey Lady’s war against Amazon dropped this weekend: It is an almost-6,000 word reported feature that reveals Amazon employees work hard and that some of their former employees who didn’t want to work hard quit.

That’s literally it. That’s the entirety of the story: Amazon expects people to work a lot and some people don’t want to work that much. There are no accusations of illegality. There is no evidence of discrimination. There are simply a string of anecdotes from people who are sad they couldn’t hack it at the world’s best online store.

I felt like I’d read a lot of anti-Amazon pieces in the Times lately, so I fired up Nexis and took a stroll through the archives. I wasn’t wrong!

Gotta love his ending comments:

Anyway, I find it very interesting just how perturbed the Times is about the Post‘s new benefactor. I look forward to their next breathtaking story, which will likely be about how Amazon’s superior service is making customers anxious about buying stuff from any other retailer and why that’s a really bad thing for America or something.

Read the full article here on The Washington Free Beacon

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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