Money talks in Washington, not words. If Bezos wanted influence he could have used the reported $250 million he paid for the newspaper to buy one or two lobbyists.
I am excited and curious and interested in seeing how Jeff Bezos will be applying his brilliant intellect to the newly-purchased paper. It will be a wild ride, you can be sure. And we all will be reading about it.
Mr. Bezos' embrace of invention, his almost neurotic attention to detail, his patience and investment in the long view, give the Washington Post and the industry the best shot at relevancy and survival.
Both are visionary yet each takes the long view of history and industry. And it is not easy to change an entire industry. Let's be really clear on that.
Information, after all, is an infinite as book titles. If Bezos can make its navigation easy, people will come. But can he afford the labor to tap it from meager newspaper revenues? We'll see.
I've noticed a few things about Jeff over the years. He thinks things through carefully. He's not impulsive. He's not driven by ego. He develops a strong theory of the case for every new endeavor.
Just how much is CBS asking Time Warner Cable to pay them to carry their programming? Just how much does TWC already pay? TWC makes money off of monthly subscription fees. CBS makes money off of TWC for a portion of those fees, plus advertising fees.
The paper is at an important crossroads. Should The Washington Post's legacy of editorial independence, investigative journalism, outstanding writing and reporting, and service to the public become the victim of "frugality" and "customer obsessions", the paper will precipitously decline.
Rami Shamir is the author of Train to Pokipse. A former Zuccotti Park Occupier with Occupy Wall Street, he strives to set an example for a new type of author.
Maybe the deal signifies something much simpler and more hopeful for the state of American journalism: Perhaps Bezos thinks he can make money by producing and distributing consequential work.
I'm ready for folks to cry for joy that Bezos knows how to sell content. He'll know how to build pay walls, damnit! But I don't think that's his key value here. He knows how to sell and deliver unique content -- entertainment, mostly -- rather than commodity content, news.
Today -- in a lighting-bolt announcement -- Bezos is buying the Washington Post. Everyone in print, newspapers, and local media has to take a breath and think hard about what this means, and why.
Members of the Nahua people living within a reserve for indigenous peoples in 'initial contact' and 'voluntary isolation' in the Peruvian Amazon say they will refuse to allow a gas consortium led by Pluspetrol to operate in their territory.
On Tuesday, President Obama gave a great speech on why good jobs are the foundation for his middle-out economic strategy... from a huge Amazon warehouse where the workers do not have good jobs. I'm still stuck on the setting.
The question is whether the scales of justice will be as balanced as the news article, or whether Chevron's superior firepower will be able to overwhelm the gripping stories of those impacted.