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August 5, 2013 - 1:41 pm

That’s the word on Twitter right now anyway.

Details as they become available, but this seems a strange move for the Amazon founder — unless he’s thinking an exclusive new Kindle app.

Hmmm…

UPDATE: Full press release follows.

The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) announced today that it has signed a contract to sell its newspaper publishing businesses, including The Washington Post newspaper, to Jeffrey P. Bezos.

The purchaser is an entity that belongs to Mr. Bezos in his individual capacity and is not Amazon.com, Inc.

“Everyone at the Post Company and everyone in our family has always been proud of The Washington Post — of the newspaper we publish and of the people who write and produce it,” said Donald E. Graham, Chairman and CEO of The Washington Post Company. “I, along with Katharine Weymouth and our board of directors, decided to sell only after years of familiar newspaper-industry challenges made us wonder if there might be another owner who would be better for the Post (after a transaction that would be in the best interest of our shareholders). Jeff Bezos’ proven technology and business genius, his long-term approach and his personal decency make him a uniquely good new owner for the Post.”

“I understand the critical role the Post plays in Washington, DC and our nation, and the Post’s values will not change,” said Mr. Bezos. “Our duty to readers will continue to be the heart of the Post, and I am very optimistic about the future.”

Mr. Bezos has asked Katharine Weymouth, CEO and Publisher of The Washington Post; Stephen P. Hills, President and General Manager; Martin Baron, Executive Editor; and Fred Hiatt, Editor of the Editorial Page to continue in those roles.

“With Mr. Bezos as our owner, this is the beginning of an exciting new era,” said Ms. Weymouth. “I am honored to continue as CEO and Publisher. I have asked the entire senior management team at all of the businesses being sold to continue in their roles as well.”

The transaction covers The Washington Post and other publishing businesses, including the Express newspaper, The Gazette Newspapers, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Fairfax County Times, El Tiempo Latino and Greater Washington Publishing.

Slate magazine, TheRoot.com and Foreign Policy are not part of the transaction and will remain with The Washington Post Company, as will the WaPo Labs and SocialCode businesses, the Company’s interest in Classified Ventures and certain real estate assets, including the headquarters building in downtown Washington, DC. The Washington Post Company, which also owns Kaplan, Post–Newsweek Stations and Cable ONE, will be changing its name in connection with the transaction; no new name has yet been announced.

The purchase price is $250 million, subject to normal working capital adjustments, payable at closing later this year.

Allen & Co. assisted the Post Company in the sale process.

Of course, the one thing that has escaped Bezos is showing much of a profit. We’ll see if he’s able to save the paper from itself.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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With Bezos political contributions to wackos like Patty Murray, John Dingel and Patrick Leahy, along with a $2.5M donation to a group defending gay marriage, I'd say that WaPo will remain unchanged.

Unless he sells it on Amazon.
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Why do I have this image of a bleary eyed Bezos the next morning: "I bought what?"
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May he have as much luck with the Washington comPost as the NYT had with the Boston Globe.
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Insofar as the editorial content is concerned, yawn. Curl up and go back to sleep, doggy. Maybe Bezos wants to be an Ambassador, somewhere, perhaps for Hillary. I wonder how he plans to cover the Virginia gubernatorial election? Enormous ethical challenges on both sides of that one.
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With Bezos political contributions to wackos like Patty Murray, John Dingel and Patrick Leahy, along with a $2.5M donation to a group defending gay marriage, I'd say that WaPo will remain unchanged.

Unless he sells it on Amazon.
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