It is the duty of all journalists and media watchers to share their opinions about The Washington Post Co.’s sale of The Post to the Amazon guy. All their opinions are as follows: 1) It is sad and the end of an era. 2) It is probably the best thing to be done with The Post at this time. 3) One time Don Graham punched me in the face, and it was awesome.
No, sorry, that is a line about Regina George from the movie Mean Girls, but MAN does PostScript wish Don Graham had punched her in the face one time. Because if he had done it, it would have been the right thing to do. PostScript would have been fiercely proud to have had the right face at the right time when Don Graham needed it.
It’s difficult to explain exactly the near-religious fervor with which Post people love their (still) owner, though many people are trying. He’s good, he’s smart, he’s sincerely glad to be here, he reads your story and sends you a note about it. He’s proud of you. He wants you to be great as much as you do. He’s worth half a billion and insanely busy and he has time for you. Does that explain it? Do you, readers, know anyone like that? Have you ever had a benevolent overlord?
Sorry, PostScript got lost in her reverie there about the time Don Graham knew her name and she cried. Anyway, amid all this messianic hagiography (our text today is David Ignatius’s column about why Don Graham is just the best guy and he made the tough decision because he loves us so much) there are commenters who, um, disagree.
Good lord it’s another one. Did they pass out kool-aid at the good-bye meeting? Listen! Not every reporter and contributor needs to give a rose-colored view of the history of the paper & tell heartwarming “Don and Katharine” stories. The only good thing about these idiotic cream-puff pieces is that they destroy the rampant, self-serving thesis that Wapo reporters are tough-minded truth tellers.
Okay, THAT’S ENOUGH. All the rest will be commenters who love the Post and the Grahams, too. Deal with it.
I live in NY. I have been traveling to DC and Northern Virginia for many years – both on business and to visit family. I am also a news junkie who has been watching TV shows like the News Hour and This Week since their inception. I read the NY Times and I read the Washington Post every day. The Post, unlike the Times, lets blowhards like me post comments without screening from some politically correct editor. For those of you who live in Washington I think you may have an under appreciation for your paper. The Post view of things is indispensable, in spite of, or maybe because of, its beltway myopia.
I love this article by Mr. Ignatius. He has written a beautiful tribute to the Graham family, to his mentors, and to the love of journalism “at its best.”
I had a paper route of the old Post and Times-Herald, and the Washington Star before that, and even as a kid I knew this newspaper was one of the few that cared about our civil liberties. With the Post sold and the NY Times under duress, we have very few national media (much less political leaders) interested in protecting the Bill of Rights. Instead of flattering their old and new bosses, Post reporters should be lamenting the passing of one of the last of the powerful defenders of what makes America free — and fundamentally different from any other country. That means a Post reporter could even criticize the Grahams or Bezos!
Exactly! If there were anything to criticize, which there is not.