The sale of the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos resulted in a collective gasp on Twitter on Monday.
The Amazon founder purchased the newspaper for $250 million. The news prompted shock from media insiders, as well as plenty of jokes about Bezos' roots at Amazon. The sale was "a genuine holy crap news flash," wrote Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall.
The reactions from Washington Post staffers were similar:
I've bought a lot of stuff from Jeff Bezos's companies so this was really only fair.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) August 5, 2013
Below, read some of the other reactions to the big announcement:
Crazy news day about Washington Post assets past & present; half-expecting shocking reveal about Kaplan tests any sec http://t.co/9ofoHgGZpn
— Janice Min (@janicebmin) August 5, 2013
Jeff Bezos to buy A-Rod.
— Jonathan Wald (@jonathanwald) August 5, 2013
Jeff Bezos told a German newspaper in 2012 print would be gone in twenty years. http://t.co/QAxYFbl2rC
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 5, 2013
Jeff Bezos spent less of his net worth on the Washington Post than Sean Parker spent of his net worth on his wedding.
— Adam Frucci (@frucci) August 5, 2013