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Jeff Bezos, WaPo’s owner, insists journalistic standards and ethics “will not change”

by | Jun 20, 2024

Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos insisted journalistic standards and ethics “will not change” in an email to newsroom leaders Tuesday — without directly addressing recent reporting that raised ethics concerns about CEO Will Lewis and an incoming senior editor, reports POLITICO.

The email, obtained by POLITICO, marks the first time Bezos’ comments on the ongoing controversy at The Washington Post have been made public.

“Team — I know you’ve already heard this from Will, but I wanted to also weigh in directly: the journalistic standards and ethics at The Post will not change,” Bezos wrote in the email. He added, “You have my full commitment on maintaining the quality, ethics, and standards we all believe in.”

According to POLITICO, “Lewis and incoming executive editor Robert Winnett have been the subject of recent reports alleging they previously used ethically questionable means to gather information.

“On Sunday, The Washington Post published a scathing report alleging Winnett worked with a man who used deceptive tactics to secure confidential information while at the Sunday Times. And on Saturday, The New York Times reported Lewis and Winnett used stolen phone and company records while reporting two articles at the British newspaper.

“For both articles, Lewis declined to comment through a Washington Post spokesperson and Winnett did not respond.”

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