“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,” he said. “If you replace ‘customer’ with ‘reader,’ that approach, that point of view, can be successful at The Post, too.”
My two ideas for Mr. Bezos’ ‘golden era’ would be to 1) open up the Post’s web 2.0 capabilities. If you offer up the newspaper’s content to say blogs in an innovative way, that will help drive readership. 2) I like the Express newspaper a lot. Instead of distributing it during morning rush hour, why not distribute it in the evening rush hour with ‘fresh’ news from the morning and early afternoon? Right now, it’s pretty much a regurgitation of what is in the morning paper. I used to LOVE the Washington Star when it was delivered in the evening.
That’s my two cents Mr. Bezos.
IMHO, given the news on circulation declines for the Post, this is a very good deal for the newspaper.
The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations.
Bezos, whose entrepreneurship has made him one of the world’s richest men, will pay $250 million in cash for The Post and affiliated publications to the Washington Post Co., which owns the newspaper and other businesses.
Seattle-based Amazon will have no role in the purchase; Bezos himself will buy the news organization and become its sole owner when the sale is completed, probably within 60 days. The Post Co. will change to a new, still-undecided name and continue as a publicly traded company without The Post thereafter.
Great piece by Charles Krauthammer in today’s Washington Post titled ‘Hail Armageddon’ on the sequester taking effect in Washington, D.C.
- Hail Armageddon (nationalreview.com)
- Krauthammer’s Take: Sequester ‘Most Ridiculously Hyped Armageddon Since the Mayan Calendar’ (nationalreview.com)
- Krauthammer: Here’s How Republicans Can Win the Argument Over “Sequestration” (townhall.com)
So, Washington football fans, how’s that offensive team name and demeaning sports mascot working out? Whooping and hollering as RGIII goes on a “Redskins” warpath only to leave a trail of tears when his wounded knee gets buried at FedEx Field.
In this obscene home team sports fantasy, the gifted Robert Griffin III was reduced to a “noble savage.” Let the “Redskin” play hurt. He can take it. Hail to the young brave-hearted quarterback as he limps into battle on that injured knee. Three cheers as he fights on his one good leg for Old D.C.
And when he’s felled during Sunday’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, bringing the postseason to an ugly and immensely unsatisfying end — torn ligaments no doubt shortening his own career as well — Washington gasps in horror.
Bad karma, I tell you, that team name.
- Report: What’s in a name? ‘The Redskins’ bad karma’ (wtkr.com)
- Mike Shanahan’s Exploitation of RGIII Is a Complete Disgrace (bleacherreport.com)
- The RGIII injury, Mike Shanahan, and the same old Redskins (sbnation.com)
- Washington Redskins: Who is Responsible for Robert Griffin III’s knee injury (thepigskinreport.com)
Great read from Mike Wise at The Washington Post on how RGIII must learn to take better care of himself on the field. Otherwise, the nightmare scenario that occurred on Sunday will happen again.