Rush Limbaugh is pondering Monday's sale of the financially- struggling Washington Post to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, saying nothing will change at the paper if Bezos isn't serious about it.
"The real question for me is, is Bezos going to run this as a toy? Is this just playtime for him or is he serious about it as a business?" Limbaugh asked Tuesday on his radio show.
"If Bezos is buying this thing just to play games with it and have a little fun and continue to use it to advance whatever political ideas he's got, it's not going to change," Limbaugh said.
Washington Post journalists responded to the news of the newspaper's sale by posting "suck-up tweets about Jeff Bezos," Limbaugh said.
Columnist Eugene Robinson tweeted following Monday's announcement, "Honored to have worked for Don Graham for 33 years. Beyond that, speechless."
Limbaugh contrasted the staid structure of the newspaper business with the customer-service driven practices of Amazon.
"Amazon is clearly devoted to customer satisfaction. Clearly, clearly they are all about customer service. News people aren't. They couldn't care less," Limbaugh said.
"The people in it take it so seriously. They are so full of themselves, that the very people who you would think the paper's published for are held in contempt more often than not," he said.
"Because journalists, folks, they don't write for you. They write for other journalists," Limbaugh added.
According to Limbaugh, the days ahead will tell the intent of Bezos in acquiring the 135-year old newspaper. "The best indication will be to watch the reaction of staff journalists at the Washington Post. They will be the first ones to let us know what's going on in there," he said.
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