Like A Funeral

Friday, August 09, 2013

Transcript

Bob speaks with Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi about the scene at the Post when Post CEO and Chairman Don Graham announced the paper's sale to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Farhi had a unique perspective on the sale as the only reporter who knew the announcement was coming. Farhi also lays out the legacy of the Graham family. 

Guests:

Paul Farhi

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [4]

superf88

I am shocked to hear that Bezos' decision is anything but the miracle that the industry of journalism has been waiting for.

Journalism has been waiting for breakthrough thinking for 15 years. The greybeards at Time, Gannett etc. have delivered innovation -- at a drip so slow that it seems to be purposely calibrated to stay just a single hair beyond their own hefty pensions.

If anybody is right to lead the way, as WaPo's clever and innovative Marcus Brauchli pointed out in recent interviews, it's Bezos.

Aug. 11 2013 08:55 AM

I usually trust OTM for informative dialogue on big weekly news events. I was really disappointed by this piece.

Allusions to adoption and Nazis.... Nazis. Absolutely ridiculous.

Aug. 10 2013 01:33 PM
Em

"The Market" has allowed Jeff Bezos to run at losses interminably??? Bezos has no particular agenda?? If this is what we call analytical journalism I am very very disturbed. I'm seeing a trend at OTM that making me concerned. The best critical discussion I've seen on Bezos has been on Democracy Now on August 8th. There is a surprising slant on this episode of OTM to view commercial interests in media technology as apolitical, which is an bewildering concept.

Aug. 10 2013 10:46 AM
listener

...save you from the Nazis, the Nazis being the newspaper economy which caused the Post to
hemorrhage red ink for years.."

Mommy and daddy?
Oh, brother.
Clearly nothing is being learned from this.

Could a rather less histrionic assessment be that the media should adapt from their "grandiose....crusaders for the truth" reputation of being elitist posers for their establishment colleagues and pay more attention to the concerns of the American public and thus have more respect for them?
Especially when honest coverage of the news runs contrary to the media's own comfortable progressive political narrative?

If the content is as stale as the form then why shouldn't a newspaper fail and be handed over to more innovative strengths?

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves"
W.S.

Aug. 09 2013 08:31 PM

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