Amazon’s target not just The Times, but its own employees, past, present and future

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If you work at Amazon, leave for any reason, and then have the audacity to publicly criticize the company, you will regret that decision for the rest of your life – especially every time you Google your name -- because on the first page of results will be a message from Amazon to prospective employers: Stay away from this one; he or she is not only disloyal, but a liar to boot.

Chilling, no? Yet that is in essence what Amazon senior vice president of hackery Jay Carney (a former White House press secretary) today told all those who have or might someday work for the company, under the guise of rebutting a New York Times expose that was published fully two months ago. Given the infamy of the Times story and incendiary nature of Carney’s response, one can only assume that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos authorized and approved its contents. If so, the only good sense he showed was in not attaching his name to it.

Because the contents of Carney’s screed included not only an unsubstantiated criminal accusation, but a stream of weakly supported innuendo aimed at the former company employees and ostensibly backed by an airing of their personnel files … which if legal ought not to be.

You can read it here.

And the response from New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet can be read here.

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