Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, will buy the Washington Post for $250 million. I suppose it is not as bad as the Post being bought by the Koch brothers or Rupert Murdoch. We’ll see.
Bezos’ politics might be described as Silicon Valley liberalism. He is a champion of gay rights, but not in the right of his employees to decent working conditions.
I worked on newspapers for 40 years, and liked to believe that journalism was a calling and more than just a way for journalists to earn a salary and owners to earn a profit.
Most (not all) of the historically great American newspapers were owned by families who believed in the newspapers’ mission, rather than by corporations whose main business was elsewhere.
Bezos will own the Washington Post as an individual and incorporate it into Amazon, so he doesn’t fall into either category. It…
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