This week’s announcement of the Washington Post’s sale to Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, was a stunner.
How the mighty have fallen (in value, at least).
Consider this. David Black bought the Honolulu Advertiser from Gannett in 2010 for a reported $125 million, which in today’s dollars would come to about $134 million. Bezos is getting the iconic Washington Post for less than twice that amount. That just seems amazing to me.
But this deal obviously says a lot not only about the future of this great newspaper, but the future of news more generally.
Here’s a collection of commentaries on the sale.
If you’ve got a favorite that’s not on this list, let us know by leaving a comment.
From the Daily Kos, lots of comments in one place: “Abbreviated pundit roundup: Bezos buys The Washington Post”
From xconomy.com: “Bezos, No Fan of Unions, Gets 1,200 Union Workers at Washington Post”
From the Newspaper Guild: “Guild Looks Forward to Working with Bezos at Post”
From the Washington Post: “Open letter to Jeff Bezos” by Gene Weingarten.
From The New Yorker: “Donald Graham’s Choice”
From Neiman Journalism Lab: “The newsonomics of Jeff Bezos Buying the Washington Post”
From Business Insider: “Here’s Why I Think Jeff Bezos Bought The Washington Post“