Does Bernie Sanders tell more fairy tales? Recently, this column mentioned the deception in which Mr Sanders falsely claimed that a market think tank had completed its planned acquisition of US healthcare would save money. Now
says Mr. Sanders tells nonsense about the company's workforce.
As a socialist, Mr. Sanders does not like capitalism in general and has specifically argued that Amazon ownership of shareholders has too much power. Lately, he has also claimed that many Amazon workers receive such poor wages and benefits that they need government help.
A page on the Senator's website launches his lawsuit and asks Amazon employees to report on their jobs:
Amazon is one of the richest corporations in the world, and its owner, Jeff Bezos, is the richest Man on the planet, worth over $ 155 billion. Nevertheless, Bezos continues to pay many thousands of its Amazon employees with such low wages that they are forced to rely on taxpayer-funded programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and social housing.
Are you a current or former? Amazon employees? Please share your experience at Amazon with Sen. Bernie Sanders. Have you used public support like food stamps, Medicaid or social housing to make ends meet?
In a Wednesday blog post, the company says the Vermont Senator misjudged the facts and says he did not go to much trouble to learn them:
Senator Sanders continues to make inaccurate and misleading allegations against Amazon  We maintained regular contact with his office and offered Senator Sanders and his team several opportunities to visit one of our fulfillment centers (FCs). To date, he has not seen any FC for himself.
Instead, Senator Sanders continues to spread misleading statements about pay and benefits.
The company reports that "the average hourly wage for a full-time employee in our fulfillment center, including cash, stock and incentive bonuses, is ahead of overtime at over $ 15 per hour." The retail giant from Seattle adds, " Sanders claims that Amazon's average US salary is $ 28,446, even though we made that number clear globally and includes part-time employees, in fact, the average salary for full-time Amazon employees is $ 34,123, and we encourage everyone
Amazon argues that Sen. Sanders' references to food stamps are also misleading because they include people who have worked and / or ruled Amazon for only a short time to work part-time. "
The Senator replies with further criticism of Amazon labor conditions and adds:
Regarding visiting a fulfillment center, I visited Wisconsin last month and asked to visit the fulfillment center in Kenosha. Unfortunately, Amazon could not accommodate me then. In September, I'm looking forward to visiting the fulfillment center in Chester, Virginia, and work out the details with Amazon.
When Amazonians get along with Mr. Sanders during his warehouse tour, they should not necessarily expect that he will make a reasonable criticism of their business in the future. Even the left-leaning politfact has whistled Mr. Sanders on, among other things, a series of falsehoods about businesses, workers and politics.
But most media have not given Mr. Sanders the rigorous coverage he certainly deserves, for example, trying to force all Americans into a state health care system for more than $ 32 trillion.
If he decides to run again for the president in 2020, Mr. Sanders could be further evidence of a theory the most famous alumnus of this column, James Taranto, who is now editor of the journal. For the uninitiated, R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. described the phenomenon in an article for the New York Sun in 2008:
According to the Taranto principle, the failure of the press to blame the left for bad behavior only promotes this bad behavior of the left to the point that his candidates are repugnant to ordinary Americans.
In the case of Mr. Sanders, the press coverage of friendly reporting for much of his career has been supplemented by a conviction among media and political experts that he too is ideologically extreme in winning a national election and therefore not an extreme review value. Few people predicted his many primary victories in 2016. And just this week, a candidate favored by Mr. Sanders scored a surprising victory in the Florida Democratic primary for governor. The Tampa Bay Times reports on the rise of the Lord Mayor of Tallahassee, Andrew Gillum:
Nearly all polls missed Gillum's late rise, and many of us wrote off the little-known pollster Change Research, which failed. It was a gift to Gillum, who received only a few stops and a limited review in elementary school because many saw him for so long.
As for Bernie Sanders, voters nationwide could get another chance to reaffirm the Taranto principle in 2020. Regardless of whether he's too Marxist to become president, he may be the most influential politician among the Democrats, though he does never joined his party. This influence is reason enough to study his notes and ideas more intensively.
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Mr. Freeman is the co-author of "Borrowed Time", now available at HarperBusiness.