Journalists respond with snark and awe to Washington Post sale

Journalists responded with shock, awe and a predictable amount of snark to the news that founder Jeff Bezos had bought The Washington Post.

The news was announced Monday afternoon. Bezos himself, rather than his company, bought the Washington newspaper for roughly $250 million.

The sale does not include certain publications owned by The Washington Post Company. Esquire's Chris Jones joked about Bezos's decision not to buy the contrarian, which The Washington Post Company owned for the last few years.

The Week's Marc Ambinder offered a list of other acquisitions Bezos could make.

Niraj Chokshi, who recently joined the Post, wondered if the acquisition gives him access to's Amazon Prime service.

Meanwhile, Mike Memoli of the Tribune Company wanted to know where his PostPoints rewards would go.

Time's Michael Grunwald tied the purchase to the fact that The Washington Post Company receives a strong fraction of its revenue from non-journalistic assets such as Kaplan Inc., a nonprofit test preparation service.

There were sports comparisons too. The Washington Post's Adam Kilgore compared the purchase to Washington Nationals Jayson Werth's contract.

New York Daily News reporter Dan Friedman joked Bezos waited to buy the Post until after it had hired Chokshi and Reid Wilson, also formerly of National Journal.

Other reporters responded that the move was the right choice for the embattled paper. The Miami Herald's Marc Caputo predicted the paper would get stronger under Bezos's ownership.

All Bezos needs to do is run The Washington Post like he did, Slate's Matthew Yglesias tweeted.

Economist and blogger Tyler Cowen predicted Bezos would have an "unorthodox" strategy for the paper.

Ezra Klein, who edits the Post's Wonkblog, wrote that he was "shocked" and "hopeful" about the new ownership.

And still other journalists responded with reverence for the historic paper, and its previous owner, the Graham family, which published the paper during some of its biggest stories.

—This story was updated at 7:29 p.m.

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