Morning Media Mix

(Illustration by Lauren Payne)
(Illustration by Lauren Payne)

This roundup might be a little top-heavy today, but it’s not every week that Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post.

To start: the front-page headlines of The New York Times and the Post, respectively. (Newseum/Newseum)

Post associate editor Bob Woodward thinks the sale is “very sad,” but added: “I think in some ways, this may be the Post’s last chance to survive, at least in some form of what it was.” (Daily Beast)

In a canned statement, Carl Bernstein agreed that the Bezos purchase was sad. But he said that “Jeff Bezos seems to me exactly the kind of inventive and innovative choice needed to bring about a recommitment to great journalism.” (Wall Street Journal)

Does the Post sale usher in “a new age of publishing”? David Cay Johnston argues that the surprise sale increases the likelihood that the Times will be sold to outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (National Memo)

As it turns out, Jack Shafer wrote back in July 2012 that he thought Mr. Bloomberg would buy the Post. The purchase yesterday completely threw him off: “How could I have missed Bezos as a candidate for ownership?” (Reuters)

In other news:

A new study by Nielsen reveals that Twitter conversations cause people to turn on the television. (New York Times)

The new president of NBC News, Deborah Turness, told staffers in a memo yesterday that her “first job is to listen.” (Huffington Post)

Jean-Claude Suares, the first art director of the Op-Ed page of the Times, has died. (New York Times) Morning Media Mix