The day after Don Graham announced that he had sold The Washington Post to his friend and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, tech writer Farhad Manjoo (a sometime PandoDaily contributor) published a column on Slate with the headline, “If Anyone Can Save the Washington Post, It’s Jeff Bezos.”
Bezos, Manjoo argued, not only has the deep pockets and lack of concern for profit to be able to sustain an expensive media enterprise for hundreds of years, but he is a master at finding new ways to get people to pay for old things (case in point: books).
Today, I got Manjoo on PandoWeekly to explain more about why he thinks the acquisition is a good sign for the media industry, and why he thinks we shouldn’t be too concerned about Amazon’s questionable record on worker’s rights, or of any potential conflict of interest for the Post in covering Amazon and its related businesses.
As usual, this podcast is just 30 minutes long, so you can listen to it as you do the dishes. On next week’s PandoWeekly, I’ll talk to Dmitry Grishin, co-founder of Mail.ru, one of Russia’s leading Internet companies. Amongst other things, we’ll be discussing Grishin’s new venture fun, Grishin Robotics, which is dedicated purely to, um, robotics.
In the meantime, however, listen to this week’s show.