/// Jeff Bezos Reveals He Doesn’t Have a Plan to Save the Washington Post
Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.com Just because Jeff Bezos is going to own the press doesn’t mean he’s changed his approach to the press. When he speaks to journalists, he says nothing. The Washington Post has the first interview with the new owner-t0-be of the Washington Post today. If you’re expecting Bezos to reveal anything about his plans for the paper, then you’ve never sat through an Amazon earnings call, or listened to a Jeff Bezos interview. The gist: Like he said before, he won’t be running the paper day-to-day. And, like he does with Amazon, Bezos plans to manage the paper for the long haul. But when Bezos won’t tell you how many Kindles he’s sold, he’s not saying anything because he doesn’t want to clue you into his plan. The key question for Post, and its readers (and employees): Does he have a plan this time? If you take him at face value, he doesn’t. He’s going to take time — “years” — to experiment, and the only thing he knows is that it’s important for readers to get value out of reading the paper. It would be easy enough to dismiss that non-talk as cover for whatever Bezos really is planning for the paper.