Can you imagine Apple execs tweeting like this?

From Jason Del Ray's "Amazon started a Twitter war because Jeff Bezos was pissed" posted Sunday evening:

Snarky tweets targeting Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren came after the CEO told execs they weren’t pushing back hard enough on critics.

Or this?

My take: Amazon executives like SVP Dave Clark are bred tough. They may think such behavior is on brand. Del Ray's theory is that they're melting down, panicking over the upcoming union vote.

Not a big deal, but Amazon drivers have been known to pee in bottles. See here.


  1. Michael Goldfeder said:
    I respect what Amazon has done delivering goods everywhere on the planet, especially through this generational pandemic. Maybe they treat their employees harshly. I don’t know as I’ve never worked there. However, politicians who can’t handle strident opinions and tough comments on social media need to toughen up and get a thicker skin.

    As Harry Truman once said: “If you can’t handle the heat get out of the kitchen.” This insatiable quest by Elizabeth Warren to “Break Up Big Tech” is as misguided a policy as is her unbridled rhetoric.

    Again, I’m not against investigating legitimate concerns into any industry that might be in violation of the law. However, any politician who can’t tolerate harsh or salty comments from a social media platform ought to spend some time in a military or law enforcement academy to better expand on their understanding of how constructive criticism really works.

    March 28, 2021
    • George Row said:
      Where in this story did anyone suggest that the politicians involved were objecting to robust criticism of their policies?
      The “…heat of the kitchen” argument surely applies also to corporate executives.
      No amount of heat justifies lying. Or are we supposed to accept that deflection and manipulation of the truth is a basic bodily function for a corporate PR department.

      March 29, 2021
      • David Emery said:
        “deflection and manipulation of the truth is a basic bodily function for a corporate PR department.”

        Uh, yeah. Also a bodily function for politicians.

        March 29, 2021
  2. Peter Kropf said:
    However, politicians who can’t handle strident opinions and tough comments on social media need to toughen up and get a thicker skin.

    Amazon also needs thicker skin.

    March 29, 2021
  3. Jerry Doyle said:
    Jeff Bezos’ used his WP for this full circle press. Is this shades of schadenfreude for some? Presidents emerge from campaigns with such confused mixture of personality & double-speak that once elected they can pursue with impunity the opposite of what they promised. Bill Clinton did it with the passage of trade agreements such as NAFTA hurting the very constituency (Labor) that helped get him elected. The threat to move operations to Mexico gave companies huge advantages in negotiating wages & benefits with American workers & wringing subsidies from local governments. The most convincing judgement on NAFTA came from Mexicans themselves who crossed the borders in large numbers because they couldn’t support themselves & their families at home.


    March 29, 2021
  4. Jerry Doyle said:

    Within the industrialized nations, Unions have been the most powerful force in building social protections; not just for their own members but for all society. Labor unions give greater bargaining power to workers, expansion of educational opportunities & government subsidized housing giving working class Americans access to a wealth building asset. Union members pay dues to unite for mutual economic survival. Labor was the backbone of the development of social democracy in Western Europe, North America, Oceania and other outposts of modern capitalism. In the US, labor unions remain the core electoral support of the Democratic Party. Jeff Bezos helped open the floodgates for increased social democracy & now he must be willing to accept it graciously.

    March 29, 2021
  5. Ken Cheng said:
    Amazon going all Wolf Warrior on their critics.

    March 29, 2021
  6. John Konopka said:
    No fan of Amazon. I haven’t bought anything from them for years. I think they abuse their position and need to be taken down a peg or three.

    March 29, 2021
    • S Lawton said:
      Don’t think for a second that Elizabeth is not coming after Apple as well.

      March 29, 2021
  7. David Emery said:
    Why does anyone think Twitter is a reasonable place for the actual exchange of arguments, as opposed to just shouting soundbites back and forth?

    March 29, 2021

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