Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

August 9, 2013

Bezos, Tina Brown and the Looting of the Washington Post

Filed under: capitalist pig,media — louisproyect @ 1:03 pm

Tina Brown

Jeff Bezos

Counterpunch Weekend Edition August 9-11, 2013

Follow the Money
Bezos, Tina Brown and the Looting of the Washington Post

Recently two major media sales transactions involved properties associated with the Washington Post. The first was the sale of the Post itself to Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon.com; the other was the sale of Newsweek/Daily Beast to IBT Media. Until its sale in 2010 to high-fidelity magnate Sidney Harman, Newsweek was part of the Washington Post’s media empire. Tina Brown launched the Daily Beast, a center-right version of the Huffington Post, in October 2008, which merged with Newsweek two years later. In a bid to capitalize on the Internet revolution, the print edition of Newsweek was terminated in December 2012 and all efforts were directed toward making the website a success. No doubt its failure had more to do with the stale content that Tina Brown was proffering, something no amount of new media gold sequins could rescue.

full: http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/09/bezos-tina-brown-and-the-future-of-the-washington-post/


  1. I have mixed feelings about Bezos. Is he worse than the current ownership? No, he probably can only be better or at least more independent of the Imperial Court in Washington a place I know far too well. As for Tina Brown, she reminds me a lot of Clare Booth Luce, ‘nough said.

    For a leftist who has seen the left completely die as a dynamic movement in recent years a libertarian capitalist is better than a centralized imperial court dominated by intelligence agencies, military contractors and lobbyists. Libertarians at least are, in the main, anti-imperialist and offer us a version of neo-feudalism that offers citizens a freer hand in their own destiny than the semi-fascists that dominate the Washington milieu.

    Of course I have no idea which way Bezos will go–will he ally himself as the Graham family has with the intelligence community and do their bidding and continue to be the imperial court’s paper or will it open up the discussion a little to allow formerly banned views to reach the American people who currently are offered range of opinion that is, every year, more narrow.

    Comment by Banger — August 9, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

  2. Just as I have never shopped at Walmart — and I have been poor enough that we had to pay our small mortgage with a credit card — I have never shopped at Amazon. Shopping there encourages the same principles: the destruction of one’s local economy, the brutal treatment of workers, etc. I think it is very important to think carefully about where and how we spend our money. Sometimes it seems we have little choice, but I believe in the case of Walmart and Amazon we ALWAYS have a choice.

    Comment by Tobysgirl — August 9, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

  3. Bezos has already embedded himself with the so-called intelligence community; please see the discussion on Democracy Now of 8 August. Bezos is only a “libertarian” regarding laws which would affect him and his greed, so you can toss any illusions out the window.

    I’m pretty sick of yak about the death of the left. I know many people in my area organizing and working on issues ranging from war, the environment, poverty, health care, etc. Just because they receive zero media attention — actually, in Bangor, Maine, they receive a little bit from the MSM — doesn’t mean they don’t exist. The left has always been a tiny fraction of the population, that hasn’t changed.

    Comment by Tobysgirl — August 10, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

  4. I’m sicker of “buy local” petty-bourgeois, chamber of commerce, small-time capitalist nonsense than I am death of the left chat, but unfortunately I don’t get to dictate what people talk about. Fortunately Tobysgirl doesn’t either.

    Good article Lou, but could have benefited from some editing. I spotted a few mistakes, including:

    “Number two, he`s got pockets deep enough for use [sic] to do the experimentation and the innovation that we need to do on the online side”

    Should be “us” obviously. Quotations are also inverted.

    A few grammatical errors in there is well.

    Comment by Doug Franz — August 10, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

  5. I would tell you what you can do with the Chamber of Commerce, but my comment would probably be deleted. As a former proofreader and copy editor, I don’t know how Doug bears reading anything on the Internet as it is nearly always filled with typos, grammatical errors, etc. Suck it up, man.

    Comment by Tobysgirl — August 11, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

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