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September 3, 2013
We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient. If you replace ‘customer’ with ‘reader,’ that approach, that point of view, can be successful at The Post, too.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos • On his long game for The Washington Post, which he bought last month. Bezos says he’ll offer advice from time to time, but won’t be an active participant in the paper’s success, other than to provide the organization “runway” to do its thing.
0:25 // 1 year ago
March 22, 2013

Report: Daily Caller paid man to fabricate Menendez prostitution story

  • claim According to the Washington Post, a lawyer in the Dominican Republic has told authorities that the Daily Caller, the conservative news outlet owned by Tucker Carlson, paid him to fabricate a story about Democratic Senator Bob Menendez soliciting prostitutes.
  • denial  The new org denies the charges, with Carlson saying in a statement that “The Daily Caller never paid anyone, was never asked to pay anyone and of course never would pay anyone for this story.”

There’s a wrinkle here: In its recounting of today’s revelations, the Daily Caller writes that the lawyer "blamed four news outlets — CNN, The Daily Caller, Telemundo and Univision — for allegedly encouraging him to fabricate false accusations about Menendez.” This isn’t true; according to the Post, the man only accused the Daily Caller—not the other three outlets—of offering to bribe him (the other three were mentioned as having requested to interview the man after he made the claims). The lawyer’s reliability is already shot, having reversed his story at least once, but the Daily Caller has seriously undermined its own credibility by reporting the original story in such a misleading, and indeed factually inaccurate, way. This is one of those weird news stories where all parties involved seem to have been dishonest to some degree—with the possible exception of Menendez himself.

20:44 // 1 year ago
March 18, 2013
Unlike the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, The Post has traditionally been a local business, pulling in large amounts of local advertising from merchants eager to reach the print audience. By contrast, 90 percent of The Post’s online audience is outside the Washington area.
Why The Washington Post is going to start charging frequent readers of its site. Meanwhile, their building’s still for sale.
14:32 // 1 year ago
February 1, 2013
As a former Post guy, this is so depressing. This is where Watergate became a thing. I mean, this building is two blocks away from the White House and moving it away from there means it’s not going to have that kind of significance anymore. The worst possible thing the Post could do right now is move to Arlington. It’s an old building and getting around it was like a maze, but it has its charms.

As a former Post guy, this is so depressing. This is where Watergate became a thing. I mean, this building is two blocks away from the White House and moving it away from there means it’s not going to have that kind of significance anymore. The worst possible thing the Post could do right now is move to Arlington. It’s an old building and getting around it was like a maze, but it has its charms.

11:17 // 1 year ago
November 7, 2012
washingtonpoststyle:

This morning’s front page.
Obama wins.
Maryland approves same-sex marriage, the DREAM act.

Nice shot, guys.

washingtonpoststyle:

This morning’s front page.

Obama wins.

Maryland approves same-sex marriage, the DREAM act.

Nice shot, guys.

1:29 // 1 year ago
October 1, 2012
neighborhoodr-washingtondc:

There you have it: Per Capital Weather Gang, this year is the warmest on record for DC:

2012 continues to be the warmest year on record. With the September data, we now find DCA running 1.6F warmer than the second place tied years of 1991 and 2010. Here are the latest rankings:



We could’ve told you this by walking outside.

neighborhoodr-washingtondc:

There you have it: Per Capital Weather Gang, this year is the warmest on record for DC:

2012 continues to be the warmest year on record. With the September data, we now find DCA running 1.6F warmer than the second place tied years of 1991 and 2010. Here are the latest rankings:

We could’ve told you this by walking outside.

12:33 // 1 year ago
April 30, 2012
Did that potted [plant] incident ever happen? … [A]nd meeting in some garage. One meeting in the garage? Fifty meetings in the garage? I don’t know how many meetings in the garage. … There’s a residual fear in my soul that that isn’t quite straight.
Legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee • Quoted in a 1990 interview about Watergate, uncovered by Jeff Himmelman, whose new book, “Yours in Truth,” is partly adapted in New York Magazine. With this quote, Bradlee appears to be casting doubt on some of the details of the Watergate story, one of the greatest in the history of journalism. Bob Woodward, one of the journalists that uncovered the story, suggests that Himmelman’s own work undercuts the 1990 interview: “There’s a transcript of an interview that Himmelman did with Bradlee 18 months ago in which Ben undercuts the [New York magazine] piece. It’s amazing that it’s not in Jeff’s piece.” (ht margafret)
10:31 // 2 years ago
June 13, 2011

Why Free is Very Expensive 

dominickbrady:

By Raju Narisetti, Managing Editor, The Washington Post,

Excerpt:

The business model of quality journalism is broken. Readers are moving online—and they want their news for free. Revenues from online advertising too haven’t really caught up. Cost cutting and trying to make online readers pay, may not be the answer. The news brands need to get creative and make their content easier, more engaging and useful.

Hat Tip: Giga Om

Food for thought on this journalism thing. Our favorite quote of the piece: “Rather than apply an ‘all or nothing’ approach focused, perhaps wrongly, on just our Web sites, we should be willing to make creative bets on our business model.” Raju’s a smart guy.

(via seeyoulaterguys-deactivated2011)

0:57 // 3 years ago
October 10, 2010

Poll: Most Americans think the government sucks at doing its job

  • 55% of people polled say that they think government isn’t paying attention to the big issues
  • 80% of Republcians say that the government’s priorities are completely misplaced
  • 20%think it may not even be possible for the government to be run efficiently source
11:19 // 3 years ago