Bezos calls on Disinformation Council to verify Biden’s inflation tweet

Jeff Bezos, the former CEO of Amazon, thinks President Joe Biden should be subject to his newly created Council of Disinformation after he posted a tweet that appeared to conflate inflation with corporate taxation.

On Friday, Bezos shared the president’s hateful tweet, which he called “misleading directive,” and clearly called for a fact-checking.

Bezos tweeted in response, “The newly created Disinformation Council should review this tweet, or perhaps they need to form a new non-sequential board instead,” claiming that the two issues lack correlation or causation.

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He added, “It’s OK to discuss raising corporate taxes. Dealing with inflation is critical. Combining them together is just a misguidance.”

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 5: Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in the White House dining room on May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somophila/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

In Biden’s initial tweet, he asked how one could “cut inflation” and stated that the answer was to tax “richer companies” or force them to “pay their fair share.”

Biden announced the Department of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Board, which was created to combat misinformation in online social media posts, earlier this month.

The White House described the board as “nonpartisan” and “apolitical,” but it has since come under widespread criticism, including blows from FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, who called it “Orwellian” and “unconstitutional.”

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Republican officials also criticized the board and announced a multistate lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and the “un-American” board.

Biden’s comments came amid a series of tweets that appeared to be trying to pin the record inflation he witnessed under his administration on former President Trump, Republicans and businesses.

In April, the Labor Department announced that inflation in the United States rose by 8.3 percent from last year, approaching its highest level in decades.

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The Labor Department said Wednesday that the Consumer Price Index, a widely accepted measure of the price of everyday goods, rose 8.3 percent in April from a year ago. The gains were barely below the 8.5 percent year-on-year rise recorded in March.

President Joe Biden speaks on Sunday, May 1, 2022, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin/AP Newsroom)

“Inflation is very high, we understand the hardships it is causing, and we are moving quickly to bring it down again,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said last week.

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Bezos has increasingly used Twitter as billionaire rival Elon Musk pursues its ownership, for a $43 billion takeover that has yet to be finalized.

Fox Business’s Megan Heaney and Talia Kaplan contributed to this report.

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