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August 6, 2013 - 1:54 pm

D.C.’s delegate to Congress said she hopes that the sale of her hometown paper to Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos will save the Washington Post from the threat of new media.

“The sale of the Washington Post puts my practical and strategic self at war with my sentimental side.  I remember the Washington Post as the hometown paper that came from being the second or third newspaper in the city, behind the Daily News and the Evening Star, to one of the leading news sources in the country, outliving its city rivals.  The paper’s departure from conservative publishers, for which American newspapers are well known, and its editorial posture often fit the progressive city that the District became as the Post rose to prominence,” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said this afternoon.

She lauded the Graham family, Post publishers for four generations, for being civic leaders in the community as well.

“What keeps me from mourning the passage of the hometown paper from the nation’s capital is the sale to Jeffery Bezos.  I hope and I suspect that in buying the newspaper, which brings no revenue, Bezos is seriously interested in saving American journalism itself,” Norton continued. “He surely already understands that it is newspapers that make the First Amendment part of daily life in America, particularly in their role as watchdog for the people of the government. He almost surely appreciates that the Post’s deep stories, investigative journalism and coverage of foreign affairs distinguish it from the new emerging media.”

“You can’t tweet what newspapers do, and if newspapers don’t do it, it won’t be done,” she added. “Bezos must know that the Post gave its reporters the time and latitude to become experts that broke stories that otherwise might never have been told.”

Norton said his decision to leave current staff in place shows “some appreciation for the role the Post plays as the hometown paper for the nation’s capital.”

“D.C., the most disempowered city in the country, without many of the basic rights that Americans in Bezos’ home state of Washington take for granted, needs its own local voice,” she added.

“There must be a way to bring the Post and other newspapers into the digital 21st-century without tearing out its soul.  Don Graham seems to believe he has left his family’s legacy intact.  He can count on D.C. to not only be thankful, but watchful.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Heh heh. Very funny. All Democrat dog whistle phrases that excite their rubes fit in 140 characters. Most don't even require that long of an attention span; "Koch" for instance, is only 4 letters long.
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DC has a very diverse population. There's no reason for this city to have only one "local voice."

The people have their own voices, and new media will allow them to be heard.
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"You can’t tweet what newspapers do, and if newspapers don’t do it, it won’t be done."

I agree. It's impossible to disseminate really serious, in-depth Democrat propaganda via Twitter.
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my friend's aunt makes $88/hr on the internet. She has been without work for 5 months but last month her check was $18990 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on this web site http://xurl.es/wggma
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The West Coast high-tech companies were relatively apolitical until Bill Clinton let the unions lead him down the primrose path in the Fair Labor Standards Act "reforms" in the wake of the USSC's '86 Garcia v. San Antonio, which placed most public employees under the FLSA and led to significant revisions to the act early in Clinton's tenure.

The burgeoning tech companies were singularly hard-charging. They paid programmers and techs salaries and expected them to work however long it took to get the job done. My daugher was back then working for a tech company near the Microsoft campus and I asked her why she didn't move over to MS. She said she saw the ambulances come there too often. The 9th Circuit referred to MS' employees as MicroSerfs.

Comes now the USDOL and decides that all those programmers and techs ought to be hourly employees with overtime over 40 and all that other stuff that comes with the FLSA. The tech companies and especially the heretofore apolitical Microsoft went NUTS. The government and some competitors responded with all the various anti-trust harassment of MS. Don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of MS, and I think Gates et al. basically stole the Windows paradigm from IBM and got away with it because of Gate's family's political connections. But anyway, the whole episode of the government attacts on MS and the union/USDOL attacks on the whole tech sector's pay paradigm turned them into political monsters. They're some of the biggest, richest, and most political companies in the World. People are taught to hate big, rich industrial and extractive companies; they get "robber baron" with their mother's milk, but the tech companies are perceived as "cool," notwithstanding the fact that MS make many multiples of the profit say Chevron makes on a unit sold.

Bezos now has himself perfectly positioned in the Crony Capitalist cat bird's seat. He can now "coordinate" Amazon's interests with the government's interest. And i use that word coordinate purposefully and with the same meaning it had in German.
37 weeks ago
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Eleanor Holmes Norton...the Poster Child for Useless Government Employees drawing a fat paycheck for a Do-Nothing job.

She doesn't have a vote in the Congress, so why is she there?

Shall we elect delegates from OTHER Federal lands? A delegate from the Fort Benning GA Army Base, perhaps?

Why are taxpayers obligated to support someone...and their staff...whose only "job" is to show up and run their mouth?
37 weeks ago
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EHN is the poster child for the Congressperson representing the Liberal Plantation:
She longs for the days when ObamaPravda (aka WaPo) could feed the same leftist propaganda to the masses...and they believed the Big Lie.
37 weeks ago
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Reactionary!
37 weeks ago
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The Washington Post was a Company Newspaper in a Company Town.
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You got that right, Jack.
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With any luck, Bozo will lose the $250 mil...along with a few bil on his 300 P/E Amazon baby. Eventually businesses have to make money, Jeffy baby.
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"Profit" is a dirty word to Leftist true believers. This will be very interesting.
37 weeks ago
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Well, they were saying that $25 billion of net worth ago. Amazon make a lot of money, even if the stock is rather richly priced.
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Casting the WaPo as a hometown newspaper in a city where too many of its residents can't even read it because of the poor education system would be laughable, if it wasn't so tragic.

Holmes Norton is nothing short of an idiot and if this hometown's namesake could look at the state of things, he would insist that this city not use his name. The people who originally named it were trying to honor the first President and commander of the revolutionary troops.

The way it has turned out, having this city named after him is a travesty.

It's a marble encrusted pig sty filled with illiterate layabouts and criminals. And not all of them hold elected office.
37 weeks ago
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I know you couldn't get my cracker a** more than a block or two off the Mall!
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Bezos will disappoint Ms. Norton. He is a representative of the new media. New Media...same as old media.
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Disempowered? from what? Maybe she means the scourge of the lame stream media ... "its editorial posture often fit the progressive city that the District became as the Post rose to prominence,” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said"... How about objective commentary without parroting campaign talking pts?
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He almost surely appreciates that the Post’s deep stories, investigative journalism and coverage of foreign affairs distinguish it from the new emerging media.”

Funny - I thought that the new emerging media were all that saved us from Dan Rather's dishonest attack on GW Bush, which WaPo certainly didn't move a whisker to investigate nor rebut.

“You can’t tweet what newspapers do, and if newspapers don’t do it, it won’t be done,”

But you can sure tweet enough to alert the public when a newspaper selectively omits news uncomfortable to members of a leftist Administration or political party.
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