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Amazon goes to war with the New York Times

Amazon goes to war with the New York Times
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You might remember that two months ago the New York Times came out with a story painting a dark picture of what its like to work at Amazon. From excessive working hours to firings after personal tragedy and routine crying at desks, the story didn't make Amazon sound like a very nice company to work for.

At the time, CEO Jeff Bezos said the workplace described in the article was one he didn't recognize. He even sent a letter to his 180,000 employees telling them to contact him personally if they experienced anything of the nature described in the story. That seemed to be the end of it, but now Amazon has decided to keep the controversy going.

Just recently Amazon spokesperson Jay Carney published a blog post blasting the New York Times story. He claims that reporters Jodi Kanto and David Streitfeld did a poor job of checking their sources, and that the reality was a lot less sensational. He even brought up details about four of the 100 ex-employees interviewed that case doubt on their claims.

In response, The New York Times' executive editor, Dean Baquet, published his own blog post defending the original story and saying Carney hadn't actually refuted anything, and his details on the four employees were suspect.

Carney published another blog post restating his original argument that the original story was oversold, and that's where things stand as of this writing. It appears this isn't over, but really it can only go downhill from here.

Does this little war change your opinion of Amazon? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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