Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Family Purged


This is an incredibly exciting time for all of us in media. The Washington Post is a crown jewel, exemplifying the finest in editorial quality and journalistic values. I am honored to follow four generations of Graham family leadership and thrilled with the opportunity to work with Jeff and the incredibly talented team at The Post.

Katharine Weymouth, the publisher of the Washington Post and Graham bloodline human, has "stepped down" from her role to make way for Fred Ryan, the founding President and CEO of Politico and former Reagan chief of staff. A year ago, after Jeff Bezos purchased the paper, Weymouth told readers: "Mr. Bezos has asked that I remain as Publisher and CEO of The Post. I am honored to continue in that role. Our mission does not change." Today, Bezos made a subtle frame adjustment: "I am so grateful to Katharine for agreeing to stay on as Publisher this past year."

"Crown jewel," says Fred Ryan, whose partners in the Politico project were mostly former Washington Post employees (who are surely enjoying some complicated feelings this morning). Crown jewel. As in… a ceremonial item taken from its case on special occasions? A beautiful object symbolizing an excess of wealth and power? An American crown jewel? A Jeff Bezos crown jewel?

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KarenUhOh (#19)

An incredibly crown jewel.

sunnyciegos (#551)

He's also the esteemed editor of "Ronald Reagan: The Wisdom and Humor of the Great Communicator." Journalism!

Pop Socket (#187)

The Washington Post has long been Fred Hiatt's Halfway House for Wayward Neocons. It's transformation into a conservative forum is now complete. Any future references to it as part of the Liberal Media can be scoffed at.

Ralph Haygood (#13,154)

"Fred Ryan, the founding President and CEO of Politico and former Reagan chief of staff": This confirms what I suspected when Bezos bought the Post. As Awl Pal (TM) Alex Pareene noted at the time, "The rich don't buy newspapers to…make money. They buy them to get influence." (http://bit.ly/13XYqgz) Normal people find Politico's obsession with who's up/down/in/out in DC weird and repulsive, and the Wisdom and Humor of the Great Prevaricator don't have much resonance among people who grew up with the diminished expectations he did so much to bring about. So this is unlikely to bolster the paper's sagging fortunes outside its home town. But! It will delight DC's vain old People Who Matter and their sycophantic underlings.

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