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Right blogs monitoring Washington Post sale

August 7, 2013

By Elizabeth Titus

110628_washington_post_ap_605The conservative and libertarian blogosphere lit up Monday at news that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos would buy a group of publications including The Washington Post for $250 million.

Initial reactions from the right to the unexpected news were mixed, with some focusing on the Post’s history and Bezos’s past political spending, while others considered potential implications for the newspaper’s coverage of politics.

At libertarian magazine Reason, editor-in-chief Matt Welch called the news “a jaw-dropping media development.”

“Who knew that 2013’s first billionaire-libertarian-buys-major-American-newspaper story didn’t involve the name Koch?” Welch wrote.

The Daily Caller, which also referred to Bezos as a libertarian, noted that he “donated six figures to fight a Washington state measure to impose an income tax on its wealthiest residents. He also pledged $2.5 million to defend the legality of gay marriage in Washington.”

The Drudge Report topped its page with a link to The Washington Post’s story on the sale under the headline “WASHPOST SOLD” and a black-and-white 1972 photo of Katharine Graham, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the iconic publisher and reporters behind the Watergate story. Other links were titled, “Sale shrouded in secrecy” and “NEWSROOM MEET: Staffers asked not to TWEET for 10 minutes.”

GOP strategist Rick Wilson tied the news to the Virginia governor’s race.

“Did the Graham Family require Bezos to continue one-sided vicious attack coverage on VAGOP candidates in perpetuity?” he wrote on Twitter. “Asking for a friend.”

“Kidding aside,” he added, “large family-owned papers are a vanishing species.”

Former George W. Bush White House official Tony Fratto suggested Bezos could be good news for the Post’s business.

“I don’t know who would be a better white knight for the Post than Bezos,” Fratto wrote on Twitter. “Could have done a lot worse, [I] think.”

Meanwhile, RedState editor-in-chief Erick Erickson drew a connection between the timing of the deal’s announcement and a profile of publisher Katharine Weymouth that just appeared in The New York Times.

“Well this now explains the glowing profile,” he tweeted.

National Review writer Jonah Goldberg wrote that “corporate consolidation of newspaper industry was bad for everyone: citizens, voters, journalists, columnists, newspapers, democracy.” Read more in Politico.

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