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Jeff Bezos buys Washington Post - does it matter?

Fresh on the heals of Boston Red Sox owner John Henry

the

Globe

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for a reported $70 million, we hear that the Patrick Stewartian Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos (pictured) is shelling out a quarter billion (i.e. one-fourth the price of

) for the iconic

Washington Post.

Here's the

New York Times'

. Like all multi-billionaires, Bezos is a bit of a weird bird. He is reportedly spending "at least $42 million" on

that is supposed to last 10,000 years. Like all multi-billionaires, he is also a consolidator and integrator of businesses—as these selections at

will make clear.  (the top link doesn't work; sorry. The main point is: vertical integration and wiping out competition). Politically, Bezos leans just slightly Democrat, according to the

.  But, like all multi-billionaires, he pays his workers no more than he is forced to—and often a bit less than it takes for a human being to fully function in a first world economy. There were a spate of stories about the conditions inside Amazon.com's warehouses (

, which does not specify the company warehouse it exposes, epitomizes the genre)  and

shows the story has legs.  It stands to reason that, whatever grand plan Bezos has for integrating

WaPo

into his burgeoning web-based empire, one should not expect to read in that paper many exposes about Amazon.com's pay and working conditions. After all, when was the last time you saw

in the

Washington Post

?

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