A former employee of The Washington Post is worried. It looks as though Jeff Bezos is a closet libertarian. Bezos is buying the Post.
Even the thought of a closet libertarian owning the paper is enough to send shivers down his back. What if the new owner exercises control over editorial policy? It might happen.
Usually, if a man is a closet something-or-other, he stays in the closet. But even the suspicion scares the ex-employee.
The ex-employee owns stock in the newspaper. So, he faces a crisis. If nothing changes, the paper continues its decline. It was worth billions in the pre-Internet days. It will bring $250 million when Bezos buys it. But if Bezos interferes, it may change its political slant.
What’s a liberal to do?
The real question is this: Why does Bezos want to own a print media dinosaur? Why does he think he can save a pre-Internet newspaper from the ravages of free information on the Web? Why does he think young people will ever read the Post? The future is not with newspapers.
There will be lots more ex-Post employees over the next decade. They will not make the transition from paper and ink to digits. The newspaper of record inside the Washington Beltway will not record nearly as much.
Liberals bet the farm on their control of newspapers, the FCC-licensed TV networks, and the state-funded and state-licensed educational cartel. The Internet is killing the newspapers and strangling the networks. The schools continue their decline. This is a trifecta of failure. They are not betting on the three winners. They are betting on the three losers.