Bezos urges disinformation board to fact-check Biden’s own inflation tweet

Bezos urges disinformation board to fact-check Biden’s own inflation tweet

Former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos believes President Joe Biden should be subject to his own newly created disinformation committee after he shared a tweet that appeared to mix inflation and corporate taxation.

On Friday, Bezos shared the president’s offensive tweet, which he called “misdirection,” and clearly called for a fact-check.

“The newly created disinformation board should review this tweet, or maybe they need to form a new non-sequitur board instead,” Bezos tweeted in response, claiming the two issues had no correlation or causation.

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“An increase in corporate taxes is good to discuss. Taming inflation is crucial to discuss. Throwing them together is just misdirection,” he added.

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 05: Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in the State Dining Room at the White House on May 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

In Biden’s first tweet, he asked how to “cut inflation” and stated the answer was to tax the “richest companies” more heavily or force them “to pay their fair share.”

Biden earlier this month announced the Department of Homeland Security’s new disinformation governance board, created to combat disinformation in online social media posts.

The White House described the board as “impartial” and “apolitical,” but it has since been widely criticized, including beatings from FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, who called it “Orwellian” and “unconstitutional.”

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Republican officials have also criticized the board and announced a multi-state lawsuit against DHS and the “un-American” board.

Biden’s remark came amid a series of tweets that appeared to try to frame former President Trump, Republicans and corporations for the record inflation seen under his administration.

In April, U.S. inflation rose 8.3 percent year-on-year, nearing a decade-high, the Labor Department said.

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On Wednesday, the Labor Department said the consumer price index, a widely accepted measure of the price of basic necessities, rose 8.3 percent in April from a year earlier. The gain was little short of the 8.5 percent year-on-year increase recorded in March.

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

“Inflation is way too high and we understand the difficulties it is causing and we are making quick efforts to bring it back down,” Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said last week.

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Bezos has increasingly turned to Twitter as his billionaire rival Elon Musk seeks his ownership, for a $43 billion acquisition that has yet to be completed.

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

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