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De Morgen - Belgium | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A boost for the Washington Post

Investigative journalist Bob Woodward of the Washington Post has taken a positive view of the takeover of the venerable newspaper by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos. The purchase could indeed prove to be a successful model, the left-liberal daily De Morgen writes: "Many believe Bezos has the potential to save serious journalism in the US: he has plenty of money to pay expensive editing teams and it looks like he plans to deploy his powerful Amazon machine to give the (digital) Washington Post a boost. Another factor not to be overlooked is that he knows how important the newspaper is for ensuring the 'survival of a free society'. … And also the fact that Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein - the two Washington Post investigative journalists who brought about Nixon's downfall - are optimistic speaks volumes. According to Bernstein the new boss combines the trumps of the past with those of the future. The code for successful quality journalism for the future hasn't been deciphered yet, but it's clear that it can only be achieved with a combination of new technology and best journalistic tradition."

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