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.
Look. As long as [Jeff] Bezos was doing nothing but running Amazon, there wasn’t much reason for people to care about his politics. I certainly didn’t care about them. But when you’re about to become a major force in the political life of Washington by buying a diminished but still immensely powerful outlet like The Post, that’s a different story.Retired Washington Post employee and Fortune senior editor at large Allan Sloan • In a column-long plea to learn more about the new boss’ political views, which have been shrouded in secrecy, but are expected to lean libertarian. It may seem like a silly thing to worry about, but then Sloan makes a perfectly fair point here: “I can’t forget what happened after Rupert Murdoch bought the then-upscale New York Post from its liberal owner, Dorothy Schiff, in 1976. Murdoch assured the paper’s staff that he’d retain the Post’s essential character as a serious newspaper. And we all know how that turned out.”
I won’t be leading The Washington Post day-to-day. I am happily living in “the other Washington” where I have a day job that I love.Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos just bought the Washington Post (via michaelhayes)
'Hi, I’m Ted Nugent. I have nine children from seven women, and I’m running for president.' … Yeah, I’m thinking about it.Amazing profile of Ted Nugent in the Washington Post this morning.
The announcement that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is not seeking reelection will leave the Capitol a much less interesting place to fact check. As one of our colleagues put it, ‘The entire fact checking industry may have to hold a national day of mourning.’Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler • Offering a lament for Michele Bachmann’s retirement, which means that he’ll be able to pull out the “Four Pinocchios”—the Post’s version of a pants-on-fire lie—a little less often. “Bachmann is not just fast and loose with the facts; she is consistently and unapologetically so,” he continues.