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Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos on Thursday called President Donald Trump's criticism of journalists "dangerous", saying he will consistently stick up for the role of media in democracy. "But it is really unsafe to demonize the media".

"We know for a fact that if a kid falls behind it's really, really hard to catch up", Bezos said Thursday evening at an event hosted by the Economic Club of Washington.

Demonizing the media and calling them "the enemies of the people" is unsafe, Bezos said. But he had not engaged in much philanthropy - at least publicly - until this week. Where are the opportunities to make things better?

But the attacks on the press - while risky - aren't stronger than USA institutions, Bezos said.

Seattle-based Amazon has announced that all three areas - which are located within a commuter's drive of the Post and a home Bezos is building - are among 20 regions under consideration for what the company has called HQ2. Mr. Trump often blasts the Washington Post as "fake news", and has accused the Post of being a lobbying arm for Amazon, a claim the Post has denied as completely inaccurate.

"Thousands of Amazon workers have to rely on food stamps, Medicaid and public housing to survive", Sanders tweeted earlier this month.

Bezos, whose net worth is estimated at about $164 billion, has been criticized for not doing more to support charities, the way other billionaires have, such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerberg.

Since his tweet last June, Bezos made one donation that garnered plenty of headlines, giving $33 million in January for college scholarships to so-called "Dreamers", undocumented immigrants who came to the USA as children.

"The Day 1 Families fund will issue annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families", Bezos said in his statement. "What the president should say is, 'This is right, I'm glad I'm being scrutinized.' That would be so secure and confident".

It comes after Amazon fought a bruising battle with Seattle this summer over a head tax that would have helped the city raise money to pay for homeless services. You get them a job. "The child will be the customer". The most important principle will "be genuine, intense customer obsession", Bezos tweeted, where "the child will be the customer".

In a phone interview Friday, Lillard said her research indicates that 3- to 6-year-old children taught in "high-fidelity Montessori classrooms" advanced significantly more on all measures - executive functioning, reading, math, social problem solving-than those in low-fidelity environments.

Later, Bezos told a Washington gathering that the $2 billion was only the start and that he would likely expand his philanthropic efforts.

Bezos vowed to build an organization that will start and operate the preschools, adding that, "I'm excited about that because it will give us the opportunity to learn, invent, and improve".


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