Posted by: CS | August 13, 2013

How Mr. Bezos’s Newspaper Censors Its Own Front Page Story

Vanessa Pham

CCC, August 11, 2013: Amidst a national debate about a potential amnesty for millions of undocumented immigrants, the Washington Post featured a front page story about the prime suspect accused of carrying out a sickening murder, but refused to mention the fact that he was an illegal alien.

The article concerned pretrial filings in the 2010 killing of Falls Church teen Vanessa Pham. …

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The Washington Post is the property of Amazon founder and multi-billionaire Jeff Bezos.

Bezos  is one of the world’s richest men. He has agreed to pay $250 million in cash for The Post and affiliated publications to the Washington Post Co., which owns the newspaper and other businesses, which raises the question: Is anyone rich enough to buy a newspaper a fit person to own one?

No doubt most of the public is sufficiently brainwashed by the media to think that a billionaire is the ideal person to control a major organ of what used to be known, laughably, as the “free” press.

Yet Amazon, founded by Bezos, ranks among the biggest spenders among high-technology companies seeking to influence the work of the federal government. According to Bloomberg

They have a huge number of issues before the federal government and now he’s bought the hometown paper for covering those politicians,” said Bill Allison, editorial director for the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based watchdog group. “There’s always a concern you’re going to have a conflict when you have wealthy publisher. Given all of Amazon’s issues, it’s hard to see where Bezos won’t have a conflict.

All of which suggests that WaPo’s line on illegal immigration or anything else will be determined strictly according to the financial implications for the newspaper’s owner and of the businesses he controls.

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