Will Jeff Bezos Purge Washington Post of the Neocons?Submitted by Marc Clair on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 14:03
It was reported yesterday that Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, Inc., has agreed to purchase the Washington Post for $250 million, pocket change for the ultra-successful Bezos. While it is a sure thing that the Washington Post and the other “print format” newspapers of the Old Media are quickly going the way of the Dodo Bird in the age of the New Media, they aren’t dead just yet and still have a substantial readership. The Old Media is often marked by old ways of thinking, and the Washington Post employs several of today’s top OldThink Neocons in the form of Jennifer Rubin, Fred Hiatt, and Charles Krauthammer, among others.
Bezos has been described as a “libertarian” Democrat, having donated to the Reason Foundation, and donated to campaigns to defeat an income tax and legalize gay marriage in Washington State. Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity , published an open letter to Bezos, pleading with him to consider purging WaPo of the neocon voices:
Dear Mr. Bezos:
Congratulations on your purchase of the Washington Post. I just splurged on some great new shoes and I can’t wait for them to arrive in the mail, so I can only imagine how you must feel after this kind of splurge! It was a gutsy move and many are wondering how you might be able to turn around the floundering flagship of the Washington (the other one) Beltway set.
I won’t presume to offer you advice, as you are an exceptional entrepreneur and I am one of your most loyal customers (Amazon Prime!). You have been described in various profiles and publications as having libertarian tendencies. This is music to my ears.Continue Reading