By Alan Murray and Geoffrey Smith
June 29, 2017

Good morning,

President Trump dragged Amazon into the political crossfire yesterday, writing in a twitter rant that the “#AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying Internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS.” There’s a lot to unpack in those 140 characters, which our Alana Abramson does nicely here.

But what’s interesting is a separate SurveyMonkey poll showing Amazon is one of the very few companies that’s highly respected on both sides of the political street fight—at least prior to the President’s tweet. When Trump voters are asked to name which companies have had the most positive impact on the U.S., they go mostly industrial:

  1. UPS
  2. Caterpillar
  3. Ford
  4. Amazon
  5. Boeing

When former Clinton voters are asked the same question, they lean tech and media:

  1. Microsoft
  2. Disney
  3. Apple
  4. Amazon
  5. Alphabet

Amazon has somehow managed to cross the divide. Which makes me think Bezos should be negotiating the health care bill.

Meanwhile, as corporate enthusiasm about artificial intelligence continues to climb the hype cycle, consulting firm PwC put out a new report at the World Economic Forum meeting in Dalian, China, yesterday saying AI could add $15.7 trillion to world GDP by 2030, making the global economy 14% larger than it would otherwise be.

News below.

Alan Murray
@alansmurray
alan.murray@timeinc.com

 

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